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Lexus IS — preview

The IS long had the air of ‘under-confident also-ran’ it. You certainly couldn’t say that of the generation model. Andy reports.

Ten Second Review

The MK3 IS appears to be an object lesson in how to a car smartly while playing to strengths. Does it have it takes to beat its BMW 3 Series, A4 and Mercedes C-Class rivals? early days yet but the top hybrid IS variant might well a technical challenge that of the Germans can quite level head-on.

Background

It would be to list what was wrong the last second generation IS model. Off the top of my head, I’d the underwhelming diesel engine, the of space in the back, the off-pace and economy figures and interior that lacked any great of occasion. Yet quality was something the IS had in


Deeply engineered quality, than merely the superficialities of plastics and solid door sounds. It was reliable. Well Thorough. That’s not enough to the sort of showroom appeal to with the likes of Mercedes, and BMW though.

So when Lexus had a third at the IS, it came up with something different. Something more which didn’t need to try and its German rivals. The latest IS is Japanese and all the better for it.

In other it’s a car that might have finally come of

Driving Experience

The good at the launch of this car was that had dropped the underwhelming 2.2-litre engine that had weighed the aspirations of the old MK2 model and was instead merely a pair of petrol An ordinary one — and alongside it, to come up against the kind of thinking that dominates market segment: a hybrid. won’t come as any surprise to followers.

You choose between a engine and a petrol/electric hybrid in the LS, RX and GS lines — and now you do the same the IS. So, as well as a direct-injection, four-cylinder, petrol unit in the IS 250 that an attractive opening price there is also an IS 300h variant. This has a 2.5-litre engine paired with an motor and looks set to be the mainstay of the IS The suspension and steering have revised to improve how the IS drives and a new Drive Mode Select that allows the driver to between Eco, Normal, and Sport S modes. Cars have Adaptive Variable have a fifth mode Sport S+.

The good news at the launch of car was that Lexus had dropped the 2.2-litre diesel engine had weighed down the aspirations of the old MK2 and was instead offering merely a of petrol engines. An ordinary one and alongside it, something to come up the kind of diesel thinking dominates this market a hybrid. This won’t as any surprise to Lexus followers. You between a petrol engine and a hybrid in the LS, RX and GS model lines and now you do the same with the IS. So, as well as a four-cylinder, 2.5-litre petrol in the IS 250 that offers an attractive price tag, there is an IS 300h petrol/electric variant.

has a 2.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and set to be the mainstay of the IS range.

Design and

There hasn’t been a bad Lexus IS to date and the latest continues that theme. You can see the from the basic proportioning of the generation car but everything is sharper, and more muscular than It’s a striking piece of The front end features two different grille treatments — a sedate take on the Lexus grille in the SE, Luxury and Premier and a bolder mesh grille on the F variant. SE models get rather 16-inch alloys, the Luxury get smarter 17-inch rims the Premier and F Sport versions on lovely 18-inch wheels, five spokes in the case of the and ten for the latter.

The IS features a number of design first seen on the LF-CC car, including extrovert lights that swoop into the flanks of the car and the top F-Sport curved front spoiler. The features a chunky centre and elements borrowed from models in the Lexus range, as the analogue inset clock and big LED It’s a more conspicuously interior than the rather cabin of the second generation car and the mix of used as well as the contrasts of and texture generate a far more feel.

Design literacy is for granted in this sector.

and Model

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Lexus customers go short of equipment and even the IS has a quota of extras that can put rivals to shame. You might to upgrade the SE’s 16-inch but otherwise, it’s doubtful be disappointed with the Drive select system (with Eco Sport settings, plus an EV mode on the IS 300h), cruise a smart entry and start dual zone air climate and power-fold heated mirrors. there are HID headlights with sensing, eight airbags, a DAB radio with Bluetooth and 60/40 split fold seats on the IS 250. That the sticker price of around for the IS250 seem remarkable compared to a BMW 320i Luxury, gets a smaller 2.0-litre engine and still costs £2,000 extra. Step up to the IS Luxury trim and you’ll Lexus Park Assist, wipers and those 17-inch wheels.

The Premier models meanwhile, do get all the gear thrown at them and are accordingly — from £35,500 for the IS 250 and around £38,500 for the IS Here you get auto folding mirrors, eight-way power-assisted seats with heating and an electrically operated steering and some really tasty functions. These include a full hard disk-based system with rear camera and dynamic services and a Levinson 15-speaker stereo 5.1 channel surround sound.

The top F variant meanwhile, gets suspension with a lateral system, a sports body instrument meters styled on used by the Lexus LFA supercar, pedals and F-Sport leather for the steering wheel and gear

Cost of Ownership

Let’s about that no-diesel It’s become something of a trademark and it’s one that is going to cost them here in the UK. That said, I the way they’ve stuck to their and concentrated on that which are experts at, namely petrol/electric It would have been to see them try to take on the likes of Audi and Mercedes armed another half-hearted diesel like the Corolla-sourced engine featured in the last IS model.

The IS looks to be the real deal and its power through an E-CVT for seamless and easy city It’s clean too, a sub-100g/km CO2 figure and economy of 65mpg. Residual values of the IS always been good, up by the model’s brilliant reliability and satisfaction metrics, as well as insurance ratings.

This looks set to continue that line.

Summary

This generation Lexus IS sounds The things that were with the previous generation car been surgically excised. is a bigger, more confident car does away with the diesel engine and ushers in a petrol/electric hybrid unit of the that Lexus does The bad points appear to have addressed while the good such as equipment provision and integration, are as impressive as ever. As will be the dealer back up is second to none.

If you’re a little jaded the three main choices in the executive saloon sector. In words, if you simply don’t yet another BMW 3 Series, Mercedes or Audi A4, then here’s a way to go. Yet a choice that doesn’t you for a bit of individuality, whether that be financially or merely through your decision-making called question. That’s what hopes to have provided this third generation IS.

there is a fourth way after

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