Lexus is an executive car maker that forges its own path, and the IS saloon is all the evidence you need of its unique selling points. Like the rest of the range, there are no diesel versions on offer, and instead you get hybrid drive to help you cut your running costs. The styling forges its own path, too, with plenty of angular lines and sharp detailing, and the cabin has a high-class finish.
The Lexus IS is a desirable, stylish and well-built alternative to more mainstream compact executive saloons. Rather than copying the competition, Lexus has forged its own path with the IS, and that’s what makes it appealing to many buyers.
The IS uses an updated version of its predecessor’s chassis, which is now more rigid and uses slightly firmer suspension (the F Sport model is firmer still) with revised geometry. The result is excellent stability in the corners, plenty of grip and very little body roll. Well-weighted steering and strong brakes inspire confidence, too – the problem though is the lackluster engine line-up.
The 300h has the ability to run on electric power alone around town to help save precious petrol, though you’ll struggle to get more than a couple of miles out of the batteries before it defaults to the combustion engine.
The specific cars comes with lots of extra and features and a test drive or inspection of the car will assure you that Lexus technology is one that must be admired