Lexus IS Review 2013 IS 300h Hybrid Review Reviews Prices …

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Vehicle Style: luxury sedan

Price: (plus on-roads)

Engine/trans: 2.5 petrol-electric 4cyl | CVT

Fuel claimed: 4.9 l/100km | tested: 6.0


In markets where CO2 emissions are penalised to a greater than in Australia, there s a to create cars that nothing but the cleanest exhaust and use next-to-nothing but the barest drops of

While Europe still diesel in this pursuit EVs are gathering momentum), Lexus has for a different path: the hybrid

Its IS 300h teams a frugal motor with an electric And it is different — not just to but to look at and to sit in.

The individual and appealing IS does things its own way in a crowded market.

Quality: Inside the attention to detail is evident The new horizontal-themed interior looks class and the dash and door are covered in soft-touch finishes and plastics.

The assembly is first-rate. rattled, moved or creaked grabbed, pulled upon or over rough roads.

The on the bottoms of the doors are still a bit and the metallic-flecked centre console the drive mode dial a little scratch-prone. Those the only gripes to be found

Comfort: Wide, with adjustment and trimmed in supple there’s plenty of space and for front occupants. Although a firmly padded there’s comfort for long trips.

The rear seat, although spacious than the previous IS, is lacking in a few dimensions. There’s of leg and foot space, but the low roofline and C-pillar restrict headroom for shorter occupants.

The centre is for emergencies only — higher than the outboard uncomfortably firm and upright and by a gargantuan transmission tunnel.

Standard features include trim, electrically adjustable column, heated and ventilated seats with power leather wrapped multi-function wheel with shift and power adjustment, analogue cluster with multi-function a seven-inch media display by Lexus Touch , which is now to use) plus sat-nav and radio tuner.

There’s dual-zone climate control, key with push-button start and a camera with rear

Additionally, the car tested featured the Enhancement pack 3 that 15-speaker Mark Levinson blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure radar cruise control emergency braking, memory sunroof, LED headlights with high beam, auto-dimming view mirrors, powered sun-blind and rear seat

Storage: Boot space 450 litres, meaning the hybrid IS loses just 30 litres compared to V6 models. There’s split folding rear for the first time in the IS for added

Cabin storage includes a glovebox and centre console, two front cupholders uncomfortably where passengers would like to rest their arm. Small door up front with bottle and rear cupholders in the folding armrest round out the limited options.

Driveability: The 2.5 litre cycle four-cylinder engine in the IS is related to the similar (but mounted) 2AR powerplant used in the Camry .

In combination with the motor, fueled by a nickel-metal-hydride stored under the boot and charged by either the petrol or braking regeneration, and channeled a planetary CVT transmission, it adds up to a sophisticated drivetrain.

Combined total 164kW at 6000rpm peak torque of 221Nm at a lofty 5400rpm. Oddly, lists peak torque for the engine only, with the motor capable of 300Nm 105kW) in isolation.

Don’t be though, the torque-rich nature of the motor kicks in early, so it s to find the IS 300h wanting for

It has, of course, its hybrid-centric and party tricks. Under acceleration, and provided battery is sufficient, the car will run on electric at up to about 45km/h (until s a harder prod on the accelerator).

The of the petrol engine causes a hesitation in power delivery, an odd

Otherwise, around town or on the road, the combination is hard to

Acceleration doesn’t ever as punchy as some of the Euro but the completely linear operation of the CVT can be deceptive.

Needless to say, or merging onto a freeway a country on-ramp is rarely an

Zero to 100km/h comes up in a 8.5 seconds, just 0.4 slower the IS250, and fuel consumption is an 4.9l/100km though we recorded without a hint of hypermiling.

The benefit of electrification is that the is dominated by silence.

For luxury the IS 300h offers sublimely and quiet operation, particularly EV mode is selected.

Unfortunately, the motor isn’t quite as It’s relatively vibration at low engine speeds, but, coupled with the rev-holding of the CVT, it can drone unpleasantly at revs when accelerating

Wind noise is almost absent too, with the real cabin disturbance from the tyres — not too but in the absence of other distractions a little noticeable across widely varied tarmac

Ride and Handling: The technical read well; double front suspension and multi-link end, the basic design of is borrowed from the larger GS.

On the the focus seems to be comfort and, if not for the slightly stiff of the run-flat tyres, the IS 300h pull this off brilliantly.

Should the need arise to it through bends, it performs well and without fuss.

The weight of the hybrid running is noticeable, but the weight sits low in the and the IS 300h feels less than the IS250.

Braking: The IS runs four-wheel disk with 296mm vented up front and 290mm rotors in the

Thanks to the energy recuperation used to feed the hybrid braking has a slightly inconsistent around town with initial stopping followed up an abrupt transition to friction

Out on the open road the brakes more substantial, and despite the IS 1720kg kerb weight, stopping from high isn’t an issue.

ANCAP Not tested.

Safety features: safety features include airbags (driver and passenger dual front, dual and full-length curtain) as well as ABS with brake assist and brake force distribution, stability control, front featuring height adjustment and limiting pretensioners, three seatbelts in all positions and height head restraints.

Also as part of option packages is warning, blind-spot monitoring, side airbags and distance-keeping cruise control are also


Warranty: years/100,000km

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Service costs: costs may vary, consult local Lexus dealer purchase.

BMW 318d ($57,800) Just a breath away on performance and fuel economy, but the doesn’t quite match the spec of the IS 300h.

On the road though, the BMW s dynamic and sharp eight-speed auto has the licked. (see 3 Series )

Audi A4 2.0 TDI Multitronic ($57,900) With no hybrid competitor in the A4 yet, Audi also the fight to Lexus with a model.

With enormous and a seamless CVT transmission the A4 is as smooth as the and a little more swift. top notch interior also the Lexus for style. (see A4 )

Lexus ES 300h ($63,000) Even though it asks a more money, could biggest threat come within its own model range?

front-wheel-drive and a lower engine the ES isn’t as dynamically sharp. if rear seat passengers are a the expansive legroom of the ES could be the thing. (see ES reviews )

all prices are Manufacturer’s List and do not include dealer delivery or costs.


has declared its hand on diesel it won t be muscling up to the European competition a diesel under the bonnet any soon.

Instead, with company, Toyota, Lexus has its cards on hybrid technology.

the wealth of experience shows. For around-town cruising, there can be few to match the refinement of the petrol-electric IS 300h .

But, as a luxury mid-sizer, the IS faces some hurdles. rear-seat space has been the swooping roofline and compromised seat make it a bit cramped for

The way the CVT transmission operates and the slight in transition between electric-running and motivation, also won t suit

But there’s something to be said for different. It s well priced, and The Lexus IS 300h is certainly of consideration.

IS 250 Luxury: $55,900

IS 250 F $64,900

IS 250 Sports Luxury:

IS 300h Luxury: $58,900

IS F Sport: $67,900

IS 350 Luxury:

IS 350 F Sport: $73,000

IS 350 Sports $84,000

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