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Lexus IS200d F-sport manual: Test Drive Review

Date: 01 March 2011

Category: Upper medium
P11D price: £28,725
Key rival: BMW 3-series

Late last year Lexus replaced its IS220d with the IS200d, improving emissions from 148g/km to 134g/km CO2 and consumption from 50.4mpg to 55.4mpg.

This means lower annual road tax - which is now band E and BIK tax of 18%. The brand also introduced the top-spec F-sport grade, as tested, which features 18-inch alloys, bootlid spoiler, sports seats and part-leather upholstery.

For a 2.2-litre 148hp engine, the car feels very sluggish struggling to reach and maintain motorway speeds, and has odd gear ratios that means sixth can't be comfortably used until past UK speed limits. On the other hand, IS200d handles well but suffers from a slightly harsh ride.

Despite its faults, the improvements in efficiency theoretically places the car more in line with German rivals such as the BMW 3-series and Audi A4. Those fed up with these usual exec suspects should certainly consider it.

Lexis IS 200d F-Sport 2.2 148hp manual 6-sp
P11D price£28,725
Model price range£24,865-£28,890
Fuel consumption55.4mpg
CO2 (tax) 134g/km/(18%)
BIK 20/40% per month£86/£172
Service interval10,000mls
Insurancegroup 25
Boot space378 litres
Engine size/power2231cc/148hp
Top speed/0-62mph127mph/10.2secs
On sale August 2010
VerdictAn improvement
on its predecessor


An improvement on its predecessor