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Lexus GS Electric Cars

Eco Facts

Model/Engine size: GS F Sport

Fuel: Petrol-electric

Fuel economy combined: mpg

Green-Car-Guide rating: 9/10

The Lexus GS 450h offers performance from its petrol-electric powertrain, but does it deliver the of economy expected from a

• Good performance

• Real-life falls short of official


• Expensive

Lexus has been ‘premium’ petrol-electric hybrids, on Toyota hybrid powertrains, for a of years, with performance and being the differentiator from products. We thought the previous-generation GS looked good, and it set new performance for hybrids; does the new model the game on?

Design Engineering

The GS has a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine to a hybrid system comprised of an electric motor and battery. The produces 341bhp in total. The also generates 352Nm and the electric motor has an output of this all adds up to a lot of torque. As from a Toyota/Lexus hybrid, the GS also has Continuously Variable (CVT).

Unusually for a Toyota/Lexus hybrid, it has drive.

We liked the design of the GS 450h. It looked upmarket and However Lexus has gone for consistency with the new GS, taking end styling cues from the IS. The new, larger LS also a similar appearance.

This in the IS, GS and LS all looking similar, albeit different in size. We can understand wanting a more aggressive end to compete with the likes of the BMW 5 but we feel that the GS has lost its looks in the process.

The interior of the GS is, as you expect from a 50,000 a very pleasant place to be. It has an appearance, the materials are generally quality, and there’s a huge of equipment. The satnav/media screen is recessed, so eliminating reflections and from the sun. However one that we’re not sure is the Remote Touch Interface used to control the infotainment

Systems such as BMW’s where you turn and press a dial, are much more than trying to control a on a screen when driving.

One step forward with new GS hybrid is the much increased space, due to improved packaging of the although the luggage capacity is compromised.

Lexus GS 450h Experience

The GS 450h is an incredibly car. It delivers its performance in a smooth manner, and it is extremely and comfortable. There are few better for covering long distances and at your destination relaxed. the car is tuned for comfort rather performance, and this is a large so although it has reasonably sharp don’t expect the agile of a sports car.

Our F Sport-spec test car had adaptive and rear-wheel-steering to help make the tighter than the standard

Although the overall package is a success, it should be remembered the car has a CVT gearbox. In most hybrids the is for the CVT to result in lots of revs and under acceleration, with increased rate of forward This ‘revvy’ sensation is in the Lexus, but you’re still that this is not a completely driving experience.

Both and BMW have developed transmissions for hybrids that provide a of more instant response, in the BMW ActiveHybrid5 in particular being of a driver’s car.

Despite the having a CVT system, you can actually gear manually using behind the steering wheel. the Lexus is one of the few cars that offer any real advantages by that, which should be as praise for the transmission.

Lexus GS Electric Cars

The GS 450h comes with a of transmission settings; Eco, Sport, Sport Plus, and EV mode. Don’t get too excited by EV it’s unlikely that be able to drive very far on power.

Compared to some hybrids – such as diesel-hybrid from Peugeot and Citroen the between driving modes in the is commendably seamless.

Lexus GS Economy and Emissions

The official economy figure of the GS 450h F is 45.6 mpg. Did we achieve over our week with the No. Overall we managed 34.1mpg.

is short of the official figure, this comes as little very few cars match official figures, and hybrids can well behind. But the added with the GS 450h is that all that performance available, you to be very disciplined not to use it; and when you the most of the acceleration, the economy accordingly. This also that the GS 450h doesn t a particularly large range in life driving.

Price, Equipment and Model

The GS 450h is available in three levels; Luxury, costing and F Sport and Premier, both of cost 50,995. All versions are equipped, and our test car also had the of pearlescent paint, adding taking the total price to There’s also the GS 250 with a petrol V6.

There are no diesel available. The entire Lexus is likely to be reliable.

This GS like its predecessor, is a technical The combination of the 3.5-litre petrol V6 with the hybrid system in an extremely smooth, quiet, comfortable and effortless driving As is the norm with hybrids in class, the focus is on performance than economy.

This that in the UK, the default choice of car drivers will be a diesel, petrol-electric hybrids have a in global markets such as America. So the Lexus GS 450h a very well executed and car, but at 50,000, and with fuel economy unlikely to top it’s likely to remain a sight on UK roads. But if you do decide to buy car then you’re unlikely to be with the ownership experience. It a Green Car Guide

rating of 9 out of 10.

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GS 450h F Sport data

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