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The Lexus IS 300H delivers plenty of driver Photos supplied

The previous of the Lexus is a long-time Drivesouth Now David Thomson finds out how its stacks up.


The mid-sized IS saloon is the important determinant of Lexus’ New market success. Not only it account for a greater portion of sales than any other in the brand’s portfolio, it provides an point to Lexus for many who go on to buy other vehicles in the range.

makes the recent launch of an IS a vital event for Lexus. a widely lauded predecessor first appeared here years ago, the new IS has arrived as a range, featuring three power-plant options, each in models with standard, or F-Sport trim.

Two of the engines 2.5 and 3.0-litre V6s — carry from the previous IS largely Then there is an intriguing option, the first IS hybrid, was supplied for appraisal in $92,195 form.

Badged the 300h, the IS hybrid is by a combination of a 2.5-litre four-cylinder cycle petrol engine and an motor system, driving the wheels via a six-stage continuously transmission. This system the rapid advances being in hybrid packaging, with a 30-litre sacrifice required the standard IS’ 480-litre space to accommodate the car’s batteries, mounted under the

Peak outputs of 164kW and promise lively performance, with a standard cycle consumption figure of 4.9 litres per the 300h is also massively economical than its pure-petrol This, of course, makes it a key for the diesel variants that are kings in the Audi A4, BMW 3-series and C-Class ranges.

Style, as as mechanical substance, is a vital in this tightly contested of the luxury market, and was an area in the previous IS competed especially

This time round I am not so about the exterior styling of the IS. in part because it is actually longer, the latest IS forgoes the compact look that was a of the outgoing model. It is intentionally aggressive about the nose, a distinctive »spindle» grille that will polarise

The intriguing cut lines that up from the front door bisect the rear wheel and flow into the rear light will be another point.

Fewer risks been taken with the of the new IS, which is a benchmark for others including Europe’s best to measure themselves against in of design and finish.

A number of styling cues are borrowed the larger Lexus GS and, the two cars using the same platform, the similarities are more skin deep. Most in practical terms, within overall 75mm gain in between the old and new IS, there has been a increase in wheelbase. That, in makes for a massive increase in space, which was one of the few weak of the previous model.

Six-footers are now easily accommodated in a seat that leads the way for within its class. There’s news for front-seat occupants, including greater adjustability in the position. Those front (leather-trimmed, naturally) are power-adjustable, of as is the steering column for both and reach.

Equipment levels are all you would expect for a luxury car in class. Memory front a 15-speaker 5.1 surround sound Levinson audio, smart key and auto-dipping LED headlights are comfort and features the Limited model has and above the already generous for the standard 300h. This covers such features as navigation, a seven-inch colour screen, Bluetooth audio and connectivity, front and rear assist systems and full control air-conditioning.

The electrostatic for interior temperature is just one of neat touches: you simply your finger on the thin bar and slide it up or down to adjust the temperature.

As well as impressing for its comfort the 300h plays a strong hand. On the Limited, that encompasses active cruise blindspot monitoring, lane warning and pre-crash emergency assistance. It also boasts two airbags (on the side of the rear than the normal IS count of

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For those who expect a Lexus to a cossetted, comfortable driving above all else, the 300h not disappoint. The suspension has been re-designed for the new IS, with increased and anti-roll, but slightly softer

To my mind this makes it firmer overall than the IS. This actually works to its on typical lower South highways, reducing the potential for the car to unsettled when traversing or poorly surfaced corners.

levels are generally well too. Like any hybrid, it off the mark with an almost silence. On the other hand the note — a four-cylinder rather than a silk-smooth V6 — becomes intrusive full throttle. That note is a matter of sensitivity to as the 300h features a customisable noise system to mimic the of a smoother petrol engine.

Fortunately this system, sounds artificial, can be switched

Those who are seeking the ultimate and handling experience within the IS line-up will quite look to the non-hybrid IS 300, is lighter and more powerful the 300h.

That point the 300h is in no way a performance slug. It off the mark well enough, but is at its best with the engine in the mid-range to hold a decent over winding and undulating The extra kilos the hybrid become evident when hard through corners, the test car’s turn-in and balance were first

On the other hand, while the is accurate and well weighted, it for genuine feel. Nor is there enough on-throttle adjustability to the IS 300h to match the best of its turbo-diesel rivals for dynamic

Even so, plenty of driver accrued on an extended highway into the depths of central with the test car. as importantly, the full complement of and their substantial quantity of were comfortably accommodated for the leg. That would not been the case in the previous, compact IS.

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