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First Drive Lexus IS 300h Luxury BT

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LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable

First Drive: Lexus IS Luxury

Being left of the field sometimes has its advantages. BMW, Mercedes and Audi safe with their designs, Lexus has increasingly to offer a more radical when it comes to looks and aesthetics.

This is most with the Japanese car maker’s third generation IS. Pitched as the choice in the premium boutique arm of massive empire, its bold and equally striking rear that it can’t be mistaken for else in the office car park.

And exactly what Lexus to achieve in this fiercely market: recognition. It’s seeking to buck current when it comes to engine For starters there’s no diesel a fuel that has served its rivals well in recent

Instead, and hardly a surprising Lexus will be concentrating on power and a hybrid option. Of this fits perfectly Toyota’s considerable push in circles. The question is, can Lexus buyers to abandon the black

Visually, at least, the new IS is a striking In a break from the norm, its have stayed faithful to the car that heavily influenced the version’s looks.

A similar approach has been taken with lots of plush, materials covering the bold of the car’s fascia and seats. a new Mark Levinson-branded audio boasting audiophile quality while the various major and controls operate with a and action that puts of the car’s rivals to shame.

In a bid to attract more buyers IS has grown slightly, and now offers cabin space — for rear seat occupants. also a decent-size boot and an level of standard kit across the range as per Lexus’ usual to differentiating itself from the opposition.

However, it’s on the where the IS offers a genuinely driving and ownership experience. For the 2.5-litre petrol variant be the conventional choice. Its six-speed gearbox is a smooth-shifting device, the engine’s 205 horsepower offers performance but modest economy — 32.8mpg and 199g/km

And this is where the IS 300h in, as the hybrid version boasts from 99g/km CO2 and 65.7mpg. For users you can see how big a deal this be: low cost of ownership and an equally low tax — at least in the case of the SE variant.

To achieve these Lexus has opted for a 2.5-litre, petrol motor combined an electric motor and battery The combined output of this is a healthy 220 horsepower and comparable stats to the regular petrol The conventional six-speed auto is replaced by a continuously variable (CVT), which does in a slightly different driving

In essence the hybrid IS doesn’t being rushed, which as bad as it sounds. By definition, maximising a car’s potential involves a approach to driving. And there are no surrounding the car’s smooth, and measured approach to motoring.

Electric-only driving is easily at low speeds around town, the clear graphics of the car’s computer allow you to see exactly the engine and battery are contributing to motion. Furthermore, the physical between engine and battery is near seamless, and another of the Lexus approach to engineering refinement into the driving

LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable

Does this mean the IS is the saviour of executive economy Not necessarily for everyone, but there’s no that for some the car’s make a compelling case in a environment if reducing your is a priority. There’s also now a ‘edge’ to the car’s ride and characteristics, which is something has consciously engineered into the IS in a bid to more closely with the and Audis of this world.

The end result is a car that oozes inside and out, thanks in the to bold exterior design, a class, no compromise cabin and a of refinement when on the move second to none. If petrol, and petrol-electric hybrid, is you preferred in the compact executive market, much-improved Lexus IS is worthy of consideration.

FACTS AT A GLANCE

Lexus IS 300h Luxury, £30,995 on the road. IS range £26,495.

Engine: 2.5-litre petrol plus hybrid electric developing a combined 220bhp.

continuously variable transmission as standard, driving the rear


Performance: Maximum speed 0-62mph 8.3 seconds.

LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable
LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable
LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable
LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable

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