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Lexus IS review (2013

Lexus IS: summary

Lexus’ new IS certainly looks the part, but engines and frustrating gearboxes let it – even if interior quality and is even better than

What: Lexus IS

Where: Austria


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Lexus IS: first impressions

is trying to reimagine itself. And attractive, interesting looking new – such as the GS and LS saloons launched year – it’s succeeding.

The motor provides instant when moving off

Following two vehicles is this, the 2013 IS. inspiration from the LF-CC car shown at the 2012 Paris Show, the road-going four-door rival to the BMW 3 Series is faithful to the retaining its angular, distinct In the metal it does look indeed.

Half the battle won then? But the Japanese firm still has a fight on its hands to compete the likes of the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and C-Class, even if Lexus it’s not targeting those of sales volumes.

Factor in not offering a diesel engine in the IS – a 2.5-litre V6 and a 2.5-litre four-cylinder hybrid – and the task seems greater.

Lexus IS: performance

start with the IS250 and its aspirated 2.5-litre V6 engine. away things don’t good, with just on paper. That means takes a claimed 8.1 seconds.

The doesn’t feel eager to meaning you need to force the six-speed automatic transmission to down to get the IS moving. It’s not a way to make progress.

The steering is nicely weighted, but not much feel through the

The gearbox works well cruising around, but feels when asking for more forcing the powertrain to do things it want to do as outlined above. It has a funny foible in not letting you up via the wheel-mounted paddles when on throttle. Odd.

Lexus there’s no need to offer a in the new IS range. It says a hybrid do instead, thanks to improved lower costs and emissions and efficiency when compared to an oil

The IS300h petrol electric performs well, with the motor providing instant when moving off. takes 8.3 seconds, but it’s by screaming revs due to the CVT gearbox, holds the engine at a certain for optimum performance.

The 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol motor emit a nice noise and the Active Sound Control – which pipes a fake into the cabin through the – makes it sound even Thankfully it can be turned off.

At the CVT ‘box is smooth, keeping the the hybrid system’s engines at the point to make progress, on what you ask of it.

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Lexus IS: and handling

In standard spec, the IS is a cruiser, with a well-judged setup to iron out most in the road with little It makes a decent attempt at cornering,  too, thanks to a 10% body shell than and firmer suspension that roll by 25%.

even the SE model is endowed with an list of standard-fit kit

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The steering is nicely weighted and accurate, but unfortunately there’s not feel through any of the controls, you the sense that you’re from the car.

In F Sport the situation is similar. Although again, it doesn’t involve you any even if the car does feel composed and less eager to or push into understeer.

the hybrid system’s batteries under the boot floor, the boasts a perfect 50:50 distribution. It feels more than the IS250, too, and to drive as a result – like you can more of the chassis’ potential.

IS: interior

Interior quality is than ever, with of leather covering the dash and touch points elsewhere. there’s still a lot of hard even if it does feel as if easily last the car’s

The hybrid will return combined with 99g/km CO2

It feels upmarket still, and the £26,495 entry-level SE model is with an impressive list of kit, including: 16-inch wheels, cruise control, entry and start, climate electric heated mirrors, a radio and Bluetooth.

There’s of room in the back and the 450-litre is on a par with the competition, all thanks to a increase in length, with of that total allocated to rear passenger space by 50% over the old IS, according to Lexus.

The 15-speaker 835 Watt Mark sound system (standard on the Premier trim level) is a touch, giving a powerful, sound.

Lexus IS: economy and

The IS300h hybrid’s efficiency is returning a claimed 65.7mpg with 99g/km CO2 emissions. during every-day driving be surprised if you would regularly get to that. We didn’t over our test route.

We understand the Japanese firm’s with hybrid power, and it to an extent

Safety is strong on the new IS, to features such as blind monitoring and Lexus’ rear traffic alert system, warns of approaching vehicles reversing out of a parking space. a full five-star Euro crash safety rating.

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