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Lexus GS450h SE: Test Drive Review

Date: 26 August 2010   |   Author:

Category: Executive
P11D price: £42,690
Key rival: Mercedes E-class

The 2010 upgrades to the Lexus GS450h include slight styling changes that enhance an already stylish swooping executive cruiser, plus revised safety systems and upgrades to the standard navigation and audio systems.

The Lexus makes an impressive pitch to be the most relaxing executive car on sale, and the plush equipment and cabin décor give off the feeling of class. The only problem is that hybrid system's batteries take a huge chunk out of the boot space, to the point where most small coupes are more practical for a week away.

But the figures stack up impressively against petrol-powered rivals, thanks to the hybrid power train that helps keep emissions and economy at decent levels, especially in urban confines, although a sub-30% residual value sees a high cost-per-mile figure of 96.4p.


Lexus GS450h SE
P11D price£42,960
Model price range£42,960-£47,280
Fuel consumption37.2mpg
CO2 (tax) 179g/km (22%)
BIK 20/40% per month£157/£313
Service interval10,000 mls
Insurance (1-50)group 41
Warranty3yrs/60,000 mls
Boot space280 litres
Engine size/power3456cc/341hp
Top speed/0-62mph155mph/5.9secs
On sale May 2010
VerdictClassy and understated
with continued good use
of hybrid technology


Classy and understated with continued good use of hybrid technology