Lexus LS review (2013 onwards) MSN Cars UK

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Lexus LS review (2013


What — LS 2013

Date — 2012

Where — France

Price — £71,995-£99,495

Available — 2013

Better-looking LS looks in F-Sport guise, which is the LS you can buy. But key rivals are still

We like — More looks that F-Sport well, return of LS 460, refinement and interior comfort, dynamics

First impressions

A few back, Lexus steadily a Lexus LS every day. it deleted the old LS 460 V8 petrol and switched to a range of LS 600h models. duly plunged: last it sold just 70 cars, more than an LS a week.

So the LS 460 is back, with the hybrid car to £100k long-wheelbase range-topping This means the entry of the LS range has been cut by nearly to £70,995, with a 3,000-point circling the changes.

The overall effect is more

The new LS is more striking than its thanks to one key addition — the spindle grille. But every other than the roof and has actually changed, and the overall is more distinctive than the old car, although it’s hardly standout.

In a real from tradition, Lexus now sells the LS in lowered, sharpened and F-Sport guise, costing This looks great and is the choice LS for driving-focused Brits if the upgrades have gone far So, have they?


Ah, good to have a regular LS back. The 4.6-litre V8 engine is, of brilliantly smooth and quiet, but also just enough finding its way through to make it luxuriously special. Press on and the growl’s edge hardens it’s a rich treat to

It’s quick enough, but it revving to give its best those used to the turbodiesels of the will be aware of how power with revs or gearbox The latter is no hardship as the eight-speed is responsive and, particularly on quite fantastically smooth.

We also drove the hybrid to ourselves of the high-tech alternative. it’s torquey and responsive, but the is like a kitchen appliance and is at times both snatchy and not It’s just 7hp more and is slower against the clock the non-hybrid: case closed.

there’s still no diesel. is intentional: the major markets for the LS like diesel and Lexus the smooth running and vibration-free nature of petrol still has to selected buyers. Sample the LS 460 and you may agree.


Ride and

You’ll be hard pressed to much difference with the car over the old one. It has a nicely roll along feel to soft air suspension and relaxed five-setting suspension adjustment can be in to reduce this but not fully it. Very much a cruiser.

says it’s fundamentally the setup of the variable suspension but back-to-back drives will the benefits. Until, that is, you the F-Sport. Here is the LS that Lexus’ talk of greater focus promises.

Satisfying enough for those who to drive

At first, it’s not different, despite 10mm suspension and 19-inch wheels. up ‘Sport+’ mode, though; and float are cut, steering front-end bite improved and the dynamic feel of the car gains

It’s not a saloon sports car a Jaguar XJ, but it’ll be just enough for those who like to — particularly as a Torsen differential and six-pot Brembo give it the additional mechanical to support its newfound vim.

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There are few changes to the overall of the interior: the infuriating mouse-style screen controller remains, remain more buttons a haberdashers, but comfort and ambience are and both space and layout are to fault. The rear of the long-wheelbase car is

Quite a place to enjoy the new Concierge air con, fitted as to this version. A world it uses infra red sensors to passengers’ faces and assess body temperature. Creating bespoke climate control for

Quite incredible.

The F-Sport is the one will prefer. It has bespoke seats, which are both yet supportive in equal measure, black leather with highlights and a moody black The effect alone lowers the age of the LS by two or three decades.

The old LS was already one of the cars in this class. reckons this one is even and, save for a bit of wind at speed, it’s hard to Perfect for enjoying the upgraded Levinson stereo.


We did Lexus’ claim of reducing the count rather amusing — there are rows of seemingly everywhere — and the on both the sat nav and rear climate displays are a bit dated (particularly so in the Overall though, it’s a car to be a passenger in.

One advantage of choosing the LS 460 instead of the LS is a bigger boot, 505 litres of 330 litres. Sounds a minor but Lexus reckons this was putting off buyers of the old car. see, like to play with their pals, golf cart in tow.

wouldn’t fit in the hybrid, with its 15% smaller than a VW Golf.

You’d think this be a Lexus strong point, the firm’s reputation. Not so. That eco LS hybrid? Returns 32.8mpg, 199g/km; a BMW 740d does and emits 149g/km.

The LS 460 is thirstier at 26.4mpg, but as it’s £20,000 it’s still the choice for penny-pinchers. Besides, the comparable BMW does 32.8mpg, so only better.

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hasn’t toppled the current S-Class, so should fear year’s all-new one. The XJ is also a more appealing while the Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series are The LS is better than it was but it still the mark.

The F-Sport is closer than the while the reintroduction of the old LS 460 shows the to be an expensive folly. Buy an F-Sport a supercharged Jag XJ and we’d understand thinking. As for the others, be sure to the competition before you sign up.

Lexus LS Electric Cars
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