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Lexus IS300h SE: Test Drive Review

Date: 22 November 2013

P11D: £25,155

Lexus has returned to the competitive compact executive sector with the new IS, featuring a 2.5-litre petrol engine combined with an electric motor to offer a 99g/km hybrid upper medium model. For efficiency, it beats anything the German brands have to offer at this stage.

Performance is also good from the combined powertrains, but it can't match the likes of the BMW 3-series for acceleration and certainly for driving enjoyment.

The interior is of top quality, but carries over usability frustrations from sibling Lexus models in terms of the navigation, climate and audio controls, primarily those controlled by the computer mouse-type device in the centre. The sensitivity takes some getting used to.

However, the car is certainly more competitive than Lexus's previous attempt in this sector, and emissions below anything the German brands can muster is impressive.

Lexus IS300h SE
P11D price £25,155
Model price range £25,965-£39,980
Fuel consumption 65.7mpg
CO2 (tax) 11g/km (99%)
BIK 20/40% per month £54/£108
Service interval 10,000 miles
Insurance (1-50) group 31
Warranty 3yrs/60,000mls
Boot space 450 litres
Engine size/power 2494cc/220hp
Top speed/0-62mph 125mph/8.3secs
On sale Summer 2013


Makes sense on financial grounds, and a big step up from the last IS.