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Tripping the light fantastic: Lexus IS 300h F Sport

By George Fowler Published 24th January 2014

REAR MIRROR MONSTER: The 300h’s design is reasonably threatening, but also very slick [PH]

These firms sells power to customers all over Europe and America and if you work for one, all I can say is sorry.

After all, it must be very frustrating being employed by people who are so shortsighted they can’t see beyond what happened last week, never mind make any plans for the future.

Let me explain. Over the past month I’ve phoned my provider at least six times only to be told by that nasal-voiced cow who makes the BT woman sound like an angel that they are currently experiencing unusually high levels of calls.

Well I’m sorry but, unusual means that an occurrence is rare. It doesn’t cover something that happens every day of every week, otherwise it would be normal.

Sadly they can’t say: Sorry, we are currently experiencing normal call levels. To which they could add: And as we’re far too mean to hire any extra staff you’ll just have to wait while the poor overworked sods wet themselves because they haven’t got time to go the toilet.

Meanwhile their bosses are planning another trip to the Mercedes dealers because their car is two weeks old and due for replacement.

Anyway, what struck me as odd about all this is why they can’t just supply us with all the power we could ever want for next to nothing?

Well why not? After all, if Toyota can do it, why not the electricity companies? Fair enough you’ll have to find at least £15,495 for a semi-electric hybrid car called the Yaris in the first place, but you won’t just get a deafening silence back in return.

The 1.5-litre Yaris returns a claimed 76mpg, but even with my heavy right foot I got 60mpg out of it on a 200-mile round trip to mighty Macclesfield. That’s why it’s only got a 36-litre fuel tank.

“You’re immediately struck by how quiet it is, and so you should be, because most of the time it’s using electric power”

A posh Toyota is called a Lexus, but you wouldn’t expect that sort of return from a 33-grand Lexus IS 300h, even though it’s also a hybrid — or would you?

The amazing Lexus RX 450h I wrote about two weeks ago had a claimed figure of 45mpg and I got 35mpg easily, despite it weighing a colossal 2.2 tonnes.

The smaller IS 300h weighs 1.7 tonnes, despite having all the same refinements, and is actually quite a big car, yet over a week I averaged 50mpg in it and regularly got 60mpg.

How can this be? Well because of its lighter weight the IS 300h hardly uses its petrol engine, which also charges its electric motor. You’re immediately struck by how quiet it is, and so you should be, because most of the time it’s using electric power.

You can choose from three different driving modes, economy, normal or sport, but you get so annoyed when the petrol engine cuts in that you spend most of the time with it on economy.

Oh no, you say as it starts to climb a hill, It’s using my precious petrol.

By the end of the week in the super smooth and silent Lexus I still had a quarter of a tank left, despite an utterly unnecessary 120-mile round trip to the seaside and several other long journeys to places I had never visited before.

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Lexus claim that it averages 60mpg, does 125mph and shoots to 62mph in 8.3 seconds. Well the first bit is true but the other two figures involve using petrol, so I wouldn’t know. I prefer travelling in silence.

It truly is a stunning car, beautifully built, with a mountain of gadgets, lots of room inside and a decent boot too. It’s nearly three feet deep before you fold down the rear seats, which extends it to six feet, but the rear parcel shelf is fixed, sadly, so it makes it quite difficult to carry large loads.

The only thing that puzzled me is why it’s got such a big, 66-litre, fuel tank, which means that it will easily do 700 miles on one fill-up, while driven carefully it’ll do 800 miles.

That’s another thing it could teach the electricity companies. Ask it how much fuel it’s used and it actually gives you an answer.

And that will be that it’s used a lot less than you think.

PRICE (on the road): £33,495 (range: £26,495 — £38,495).

ENGINES: 2,494cc, all-alloy, 16-valve, DOHC, with variable valve timing (178bhp, 221lb torque). Plus: 650-volt electric motor (141bhp, 222lb torque).

TOP SPEED: 125mph; 0-62mph: 8.3secs.

MPG: Urban: 57.6; extra urban: 57.6; combined: 60.1.

CO2: 109g/km. Tax Band B; £20 pa road tax.


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