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Car and ‘s Independent New Review of the GS 300h .

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The GS series hasn t exactly a nailed-on cert in the executive sector, with the likes of the A6, the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes E Class to with. The latest GS 300h poses some questions on costs that have the establishment looking very


Background

Don t mention the d-word at Lexus doesn t do diesel. It with diesel power unconvincingly in the IS compact executive but the company is now firmly convinced petrol/electric hybrids offer all the and none of the downsides of a diesel

The problem was, in its GS range, the hybrid you could buy was the vastly and correspondingly expensive GS 450h not a car that would really to the driver looking to trim a bit.

So step forward the GS a car that makes a great of sense. It s a bit less powerful, but a deal more economical and if you ve got an eye on the of tax you pay on your company car, it s a all the way. Lexus looked to shot itself in the foot by not a competitive diesel engine.

Now it seems to be having the last

Driving Experience

The Lexus GS is interesting insofar as it doesn t the same engine as the other petrol model in the range, the GS Here you get a slightly smaller that is shared with the market Toyota Crown and it a relatively modest 178bhp at Peak torque is created at 4,500 and 5,400rpm, so to get the full you need to put a few revs on the clock. A model this is not, when you consider that you re a kerb weight of around

Still, it ll reach 62mph in 9.2 which isn t disastrous and will get to a top of 119mph.

The revised chassis is more rigid compared to the old GS and coupled with a track s wider by 40mm at the front and at the rear, allows the uprated to offer better cornering The front suspension features upper and lower control with larger bushings the rear end gets an entirely subframe to house a lightweight setup. One benefit of the stiffer and lighter components is that the absorbers can use lighter viscosity responding faster to subtle inputs.

Design and Build

The fourth GS is a more confident piece of than any that have before it. While it s not quite it s not hiding its light under a The front spindle grille is a touch that will on all new Lexus models and combines deep-set headlights and L-shaped LED running lights. The bulging arches give the car a less look than its predecessors and the muscularity of the design.

A short overhang also helps an impression of dynamism. Move to the back and you ll find a bumper that features a diffuser and fins to help control airflow. Glass flake is also offered, with an high-definition look to its metallic

The cabin looks even special and unlike previous of the GS, it looks as if a real effort has into the styling rather a concentration on function to the detriment of The layout of the long, sculpted gives the driver and front a sense of roominess through its centre stack and large display screen. Most of the and convenience controls such as and climate are relocated to provide a and more sophisticated dash Redesigned seats and changes to the column give more and better comfort as well as forward visibility to the driver.

The door openings offer entry and exit and boot is improved with a wider, opening. Even with the batteries to house, the GS 300h retains a very respectable capacity of 451-litres.

Market and

You ll need a £32,000 budget for the SE version and the range then up through Luxury and F Sport topping out with the Premier for which a £45,000 budget is Essentially, you re looking at a £7,500 if you go for this 178bhp GS 300h than the 286bhp GS 450h in the same spec. The GS 300h s same 178bhp petrol/electric engine is used in the smaller BMW 3 Lexus IS 300h but a comparably-specced of one of those would save you £2,000 over this GS.

In of trim levels, the SE is the one to go for is you re really about shaving your tax as its 17-inch wheels just do to squeak it into a lower tax than its siblings. It s pretty equipped even though it is the model, customers getting 10 electric steering wheel a 12-speaker sounds system DAB radio and DVD player, cruise push button start, sensors HID (xenon) headlamps, and adjustable, heated front Leading options will be Premium Navigation, with a display, and leather upholstery heating/ventilation front seat

That lot wouldn t look out of on a German rival range-topper but if you more, Lexus will oblige. Extra items in the trim include leather navigation, 18-inch alloys and a Spot Monitor pack Rear Cross Traffic while the F Sport adds such as exterior and interior elements, perforated leather seats, 10-spoke 19-inch and Adaptive Variable Sports At the top of the range, the GS 300h Premier a Mark Levinson 17-speaker system, 18-way electric seat adjustment with a new colour head-up display, AVS and LED fog

Cost of Ownership

The GS 300h or falls on its running costs. looked confident at the car s launch and it s to argue with their This car really can put a lick on of its diesel rivals on the balance

The bald figures of 109g/km of dioxide (for the SE model at and a combined fuel economy of 60.1mpg would be impressive for a hatch. That they re the generated by a full-sized and well-equipped car is nothing less than as indeed is the GS 300h s strength its rivals.

And Audi A6 Hybrid is more expensive gets and will saddle a 40% tax payer a tax demand of more than per year more than the Even a basic Audi A6 SE 2.0 will cost more a grand a year more the Lexus when your does the sums for the Chancellor. really has got its sums right

Summary

The Lexus GS 300h becomes the most compelling in the whole GS range. It might be the and it s certainly not the most exciting, but if you a well featured car that a lid on running costs, it s a real In F Sport guise it s a bit of a sheep in s clothing, but the entry-level SE model the best economy numbers and the best value proposition.

Where Lexus has traditionally a bit adrift is when put up against the best Germany has to offer, but the GS has little to worry about the hybrid models developed by Audi and Mercedes. In terms of price and efficiency, the GS 300h is hard to beat. It s no great of fire, but do you really buy a Lexus GS for its prowess?

This car is a great to the stresses of today s driving It s relaxing and encourages a laid-back in its driver. The fact that it s so only adds to its sense of contentment.

And that s a quality s hard to put a value on.

LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable
LEXUS IS IS 300h SE CVT Continuosuly Variable

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