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Lexus IS250 review

of the bunch: The IS250 is surprisingly (Lexus IS 250 Sports Luxury Photo Gallery

Keith road tests and reviews the new IS250 with specs, economy and verdict.

Lexus is no the geeky new kid in the fiercely fought car fight. The premium offshoot of is now well established in this and this third generation IS has plenty of appeal enough for its rivals to be worried.

The trump for Lexus is the value for money when you look at how much comes standard. The cheapest is the 2.5-litre IS250 Luxury at placing it well under the tax threshold. The 250 F Sport comes in at and the Sports Luxury, which we is $77,990.

Jump to the better performing IS350 and prices lift by $6100-$9100, which is a hefty for extra grunt. For the true believers there are two all-new hybrid versions, called the priced at $58,900 (Luxury) and (F Sport).

Pick of the bunch: The is surprisingly good and it s hard to the extra dosh for the IS350. OK, it s but I reckon the IS250 is more The real surprise was the hybrid.

It s near as potent as the others but as an prestige performer it ain t half

The ageing 2.5-litre V6 in the IS250 is for 153kW and packs a reasonable when stirred thanks to mid-range torque (252Nm). But it s Lexus replaced it with a turbo and one is being developed.

The and 350 both offer a choice of and handling normal, sports or plus. Switching the centre dial stiffens the ride and the steering effort as well as the engine mapping.

The engine is matched to a six-speed auto sequential shifting (complete throttle blipping) via steering paddles or the gear selector needed. The carryover 233kW V6 in the IS350 goes two cogs matched to an eight-speed auto box but the car s weight negates some of the even though the auto is a shifter and has a wide set of ratios.

The hybrid s 2.5-litre four-cylinder system has a combined power of 164kW, returning a claimed which we beat. It s mated to a CVT with a six-step paddle if you want to change gears

No question the IS models stand out their sharp lines and face. Inside there s a to the fit and finish. The cockpit is roomy, cars of this ilk are not overly and comfortable.

Stretching the platform has in good gains to the rear and boot. Top marks also for the of the dashboard and switchgear and the IS s party is that you can move the speedometer to the to reveal another set of gauges it.

Tick the boxes as well for one of the audio systems in the market, and vented front seats, rear camera displayed on a 7-inch screen, digital Bluetooth, satellite navigation, pressure monitoring and push-button

Bugbears: indicators don t cancel enough, my wife found the shifter slightly too heavy, s a foot-operated park brake and the seat backs fold to boot space, rear bases are fixed. Storage is generous and while rear leg is good the sunroof limits room.

Five-star safety as expected. Nothing lacking with up to 10 airbags, smart blind spot indicators in the mirrors, lane departure system and a pop up bonnet that s friendly in a strike.

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There s little doubt the drive Lexus sets the But there is room for improvement, extra punch. The 164kW is, as expected, fuel efficient we returning a stunning 4.4l/100km too much effort. Fuel is the IS250 s weak spot, in my road test 11.7l/100km for a mix of and spirited driving.

Room for improvement.

The IS350 has a greater On the road the trio all shine. The new steering is spot on although the way the transmission decides to overrule the car is being pushed can be annoying.

Well designed, well comfortable and big on value. My pick: the feel-good hybrid.

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Price: price

Warranty: 4 years roadside 100,000km

Engine: 2.5-litre 153kW/252Nm

Transmission: 6-speed RWD

Thirst: 9.2L/100Km, CO2 213g/km

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