Lexus IS 300h new executive sports saloon first drive

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Lexus IS 300h new executive saloon first drive

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The new Lexus IS four executive compact saloon in the UK in July

selling in a market dominated by diesel powered such as the BMW 320 Efficient Dynamics, A4 2.0 TDI and the Mercedes-Benz C220 CDI models.

But for third generation IS saloon is no diesel engine option or the gas-guzzling 5.0-litre V8 petrol The new line-up has just a 2.5-litre V6 badged the IS 250 and the 2.5-litre 4-cylinder unit coupled with an motor and called the IS 300h. say it is their strategic direction for the not to have a diesel engine – for now anyway as petrol hybrid costs can more than diesel models and the cost of powertrain technology is now significantly than they were.

new IS sports saloon is the first IS to be with the Lexus Hybrid System. All models have an transmission and are rear wheel The levels of equipment and specification for power sources are SE, Luxury, F and Premier.

Prices range £26,495 to £38,495 and Lexus the IS saloon range to obtain 4,000 sales in the UK in a full

UK sales of the IS are expected to have an 80% towards business users through a lease scheme the 300h hybrid model the most sense even it is around £3,000 more to buy than the IS 250 non hybrid version. CO2 emissions for the 300h ranging 99 to 109g/km VED road tax is either all its life or at worst free for the Year rate and then £20 per annum for the Second Year rate. Company car drivers of the benefit most with 11 to 13% tax

The IS 250 petrol models with CO2 emissions of 199 or 213g/km, depending on size, will incur First Year and £260/£280 Year road tax costs. car drivers will be hit with 31 to 34% BIK

As a diesel powered competitor using the much praised BMW Efficient Dynamics Saloon at £28,410, the CO2 emissions are 109g/km so VED tax is £0 First Year rate £20 and BIK company car tax is 16%, that’s 3% than the Lexus IS hybrid of the diesel fuel penalty. fuel is also more to buy with the Lexus 300h returning around 60 to 65mpg for the Combined Cycle and the BMW 320d ED 69mpg. Of course there is the comparison calculation to be made of the value of owning/running a Lexus a more common-place BMW 3 Series, a which can only be appreciated or by the customer.

I have just a spell in the new Lexus IS 300h the £38,495 top specification Premier not the best selling £30,995 equipment level, but Premier does showcase the new IS range.

Lexus says every of the new IS has been engineered to endow the car sporting performance, agile accurate responses and excellent to the driver.

The exterior styling a new interpretation of Lexus’s spindle design, giving the IS greater presence and a stronger brand It looks a much more and sporting saloon with its of sculptured lines and sharper end treatment including signature running lights. The new IS, at 4,655mm in is 75mm longer and 10mm than its predecessor.

The side of the new four door bodyshell a sports coupe roofline and the treatment for the rear section of the gives a look of ‘pace’ to the Despite the increase in overall the doorframes feel tight for and the headroom getting in and out of the car is not that for tall passengers. Front once inside the car is good but rear passengers might it snug.

The interior is all-new while maintaining the refinement and that are fundamental to Lexus, but a more sporting, focused for the driver. The roomier accommodation has achieved with a significant improvement in rear-seat knee-room to the 70mm longer wheelbase; the has also been made and more user-friendly. Because the battery is located beneath the floor occupying a space occupied by a spare wheel, is 450 litres of load space to 480 litres in the non-hybrid IS 250).

Throughout the interior the use of high materials and finishes are typical but now with a more modern and conservative result. The modern look includes a by-gone age in the form of a precision machined clock with surface-emitting

The upper display area a seven-inch LCD multi-display screen, set at an distance for at-a-glance viewing the wheel. The lower operation gives access to system including Lexus’s second Remote Touch Interface.

The new IS the latest GS and LS models in adopting a Mode Select system, and a in meter illumination from to red when sports driving are engaged.

Lexus’s first switches for controlling the air conditioning are in the centre console, operated just a touch of the finger. are equipped (according to grade or specified) with either the Media Display or Lexus Navigation pack; the steering is the first in a Lexus to co-ordinate system control with meter and centre console

My test Premier spec car had leather upholstery with the power operated memory front seats but they included fan cooling through the seat material which was useful in the recent hot weather. All the specification is included ranging electric windows and door rear view camera, sensors, cruise control, lights and wipers, Bluetooth, DAB surround sound system, adjustable steering column and split folding rear

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Lexus claims the new IS’s dynamics have been to help deliver a better and involving driving experience, to be a principal goal in the car’s programme. The handling certainly sharper and more controlled the ride was on the firm side the thumps and bumps of potholes inside the car and the road noise was very noticeable. Some of noise is due to the fact that the system is so quiet that noises become more and the large 18-inch wheels low profile tyres do not promote or smooth travel .

A new Drive Mode Select lets the driver choose up to five modes – Eco, Normal, Sport/Sport S and Sport S+ latter on the IS 300h F Sport with optional Adaptive Suspension) – to achieve their balance of economy, comfort, and handling characteristics. On the full IS 300h there is also an EV mode.

As with all Lexus the new IS 300h is a full hybrid can be driven in petrol or purely modes alone, as well as a of both. Its Lexus Hybrid features a new 178bhp, 2.5-litre, petrol engine with ft of torque mated to a compact, 141bhp/221lb ft water-cooled permanent electric motor. The two powerplants, independently and in tandem as required, the rear wheels.

In addition to the engine and electric motor, the drive system also a generator, a high-performance nickel-metal battery, a power split which combines and reallocates from the engine, electric and generator as required, and a compact control unit that the high speed interaction of the components.

The hybrid combination of the petrol and electric motor harmonise but without giving the urge by a new generation sports turbodiesel or petrol units which are now in the premium brands in this Pushed hard in Sport the engine stills feels and become noisy. In a more driving mode the hybrid is hushed and smooth and the electronic CVT transmission works well In short it’s more refinement’ than ‘sporty’.

Top is an unremarkable in this class but the zero to 62mph looks on paper at 8.3 seconds but feels sluggish than that in Fuel economy is also of a real-life issue. My test car has an Combined Cycle figure of In practical day-to- day use the figure for my drive motoring was a less impressive 40mpg. Of course the use was significantly better when the motor had an opportunity to play its such as urban and country driving.

But on motorways, where is limited input from the motor, the fuel economy was reduced. Hybrids I’ve work but there are compromises new-age turbodiesels do not have. If driving endless business on a motorway, the hybrid looses out to If it’s more commuter with plenty of stops and and 40 to 50mph ‘speed up – slow travel — hybrids

The winner overall for hybrid use is of the company car/business user-chooser who will pay far less in personal

MILESTONES: Lexus IS 300h 4-door executive compact Price: £38,495 (hybrid starts from £29,495). Lexus Hybrid Drive consisting of a 2.5-litre, 4-cylinder, ft petrol engine coupled a 141bhp/221lb ft water cooled motor, generator and battery drive to the rear wheels a CVT auto transmission. Performance: 0-62mph 8.3 seconds, 60.1mpg Cycle (40mpg on test), CO2 VED road tax £0 First Year then £20 per annum year two BIK company car tax 12%.

Insurance 33E. Warranty: Car 3-years/60,000 hybrid components 5-years/60,000 For: Sportier exec car low running costs, more tax than a diesel, ideal for car users, luxurious specification, built, exclusivity value an Audi, BMW or Merc.

Against: ride on the large wheels no spare wheel, foot parking brake, not as fuel overall for all types of driving as a modern turbodiesel. Miles News Agency

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
LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable


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