First drive Lexus GS 300h Car Reviews by Car Enthusiast

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LEXUS GS GS 300h SE E-CVT Continuosuly Variable

The Lexus GS 450h petrol-electric didn’t have a chance the BIK-friendly diesel-engined Germans dominate the executive saloon in the UK. Although its performance justified it, the purchase price put it way outside the but this new entry-level version, the GS makes a much better for itself — financially at

Key Facts

Model tested: GS 300h (both Premier and F models driven)

Pricing: Ј31,495

Engine: 2.5-litre petrol engine mated to motor

Transmission: E-CVT Continuously Variable Transmission), drive

Body style: saloon

CO 2 emissions: from

Combined economy: from

Top speed: 119mph

0-62mph: 9.2

Power: total system is 223hp (engine can produce electric motor 143hp)

no total maximum quoted, but can produce up to 211Nm, while the motor can put out 300Nm

In the Metal:

Other than the on the boot, there’s nothing to the new Lexus GS 300h apart its more expensive 450h as both have blue L on the grille and ‘HYBRID’ badging There’s a bigger difference the various trim levels and to appreciate the GS’s design it to be in the more aggressive F Sport It’s quite colour and sensitive otherwise, though can great.

In our view, the interior of the GS is its asset, though we’ve not the leather-less cabin of the new entry-level SE The fit and finish are exemplary, the design interesting than most in the and the sense of quality undeniable. loads of room too (though as most cars in the class, a transmission tunnel robs the rear passenger of legroom). not huge fans of the ‘Remote controller, but the menu system is at intuitive and the high resolution lovely to look at.

We’d recommend that go for one of the high-end stereo systems on too, more of which

Driving it:

We discovered that we the GS 300h much more we played some tunes the on-board hard disc and turned up the (excellent) stereo. was enough to disguise the distinctly drone from the engine accompanies any meaningful acceleration. The is (we’ve covered this but it bears repeating) the functioning of the system.

This type of is, theoretically, very efficient, but just unsatisfying to drive. Put foot down and the engine flare, but there’s no obvious in acceleration — at least not Eventually the gearing catches up and the car particularly slow against the but the engine noise frustratingly it feel tardy.

No matter of the driving modes you select, is the case, though performance is sprightly in the sportier settings and the F model is very accomplished, to attack a twisty road possibly because of its active steering system.

The thing is, the annoyance of the powertrain proceedings if you’re in any kind of a so much so that it distracts what seems to be a very basic chassis. The Premium car is more comfortable and refined the F Sport model, but both great body control and manners. The steering isn’t bad either, and the brake feel has improved too.

LEXUS GS GS 300h SE E-CVT Continuosuly Variable

In an urban at suitably slow speeds, the GS is and the EV mode comes into its own so the car along noiselessly. That at is something the 300h has over its rivals.

What you get for your

With the launch of the GS 300h, UK is introducing a new entry-level grade, the SE which starts at Ј31,495. undercuts the cheapest automatic BMW 5 Series (the much powerful 518d SE), A6 (2.0 TDI SE with 177hp) and E-Class (E 220 CDI SE with 170hp) Jaguar’s XF is considerably less. users will be all too aware of the BIK associated with diesel too so Lexus should score with them.

In terms of specification, the big news is leather is not standard on this variant, though buyers get the of ivory or black cloth However, the rest of the specification is generous, including 17-inch wheels, cruise control, a sound system with DAB and DVD parking sensors front and HID bi-Xenon headlights, electrically front seats and a wealth of technology.

Next up is the Luxury level, at Ј37,495, bringing it the all-important leather upholstery, and ventilation for the front seats, 18-inch wheels and a Blind Monitor pack with Cross Traffic Alert.

The GS 300h F Sport variant distinctly different to the others and out with bespoke (and design touches that set it Perforated leather seats are as are 19-inch alloy wheels and Variable Suspension (AVS). priced at Ј41,745.

Topping off the at Ј43,745, is the GS 300h Premier, its 17-speaker Mark Levinson system, upgraded seating and upholstery, a colour head-up AVS and LED fog lamps — and much besides.

Only the SE model into VED Band B with its emissions. The Luxury and Premier emit 113g/km and the F Sport out 115g/km, putting them all VED Band C.

Lexus will no offer the GS 250 petrol-only model for in the UK.

Worth Noting

Japanese hate to say too much about product, and though the GS chief was interrogated he let very little Saying that, when if there would be a petrol-only GS F the answer was no comment, where as questioned about the possibility of a GS of some description it was a clear no Let the speculation begin. After we know that the new Lexus RC F will be powered by a 5.0-litre V8 engine, which could in nicely, plus the GS is offered all-wheel drive in some

Could make an interesting to the Audi S6 for instance.

LEXUS GS GS 300h SE E-CVT Continuosuly Variable
LEXUS GS GS 300h SE E-CVT Continuosuly Variable
LEXUS GS GS 300h SE E-CVT Continuosuly Variable
LEXUS GS GS 300h SE E-CVT Continuosuly Variable
LEXUS GS GS 300h SE E-CVT Continuosuly Variable
LEXUS GS GS 300h SE E-CVT Continuosuly Variable


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