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Lexus Is 300H Luxury 4Dr Cvt Auto Hybrid Saloon

Overview:

Mileage: 53,434
Trans: Automatic
Body: Saloon
Year: 14/14
Colour: Grey
Fuel Type: Hybrid

Quote Reference Number: 0DU-531056

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Specification

Specification
Body Glass
Electric front/rear windows
Rain sensitive windscreen wipers
Brakes
Traction control
ABS+EBD+Brake assist
Hill start assist control (HAC)
Chassis/Suspension
Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
VDIM
Communication
Bluetooth telephone connectivity
Driver Aids
Cruise control
Electric power steering
Front/rear Parking distance control
Drive Mode Selector
Driver Convenience
Push button starter
Dusk sensor
Driver Information
Trip computer
Analogue clock
Driving Mirrors
Electrochromic door mirrors
Electric/heated/folding door mirrors
Electrochromatic rear view mirror
Embellishment Trims
Black high gloss trim
Entertainment
6 speakers
DAB Digital radio
Exterior Lights
Door mirror puddle lights
LED brake lights
Headlight washers
HID headlights + LED daytime running lights
Heating/Cooling/Ventilation
Dual climate control air conditioning system
Interior Features
Leather steering wheel
Steering wheel gearshift paddles
Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel
Rear armrest with 2 cupholders
Front armrest
3 spoke multi-function steering including paddle shift
Fabric/Tahara synthetic leather upholstery
Safety
Side airbags
3 point rear seatbelts
Active bonnet
Driver and passenger airbags
Passenger airbag deactivate switch
Curtain airbags
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Drivers knee airbag
Passenger knee airbag
Seats
Front headrests
Rear headrests
Isofix standard child seat restraint mounting
60/40 split folding rear seat
6 way manually adjustable front seats
Security
Immobiliser
Intrusion sensor and alarm
Smart keyless entry
Wheels - Alloy
17" 10 spoke alloy wheels
Wheels - Spare
Tyre repair kit

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Features

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Key Features
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Key Features
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Metallic Paint
  • Cruise Control
  • Satellite Navigation
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Leather Seats
  • Heated Seats
  • Bluetooth
  • Parking Sensors
  • Stop Start
  • CD Player
  • USB

Ten Second Review

The Lexus IS 300h is different. While the German marques play catch up with hybrid technology, Lexus is pushing the game forward with a car that has its own identity and is all the better for it. And did we mention 97g/km and 67.3mpg? Still want that diesel?

Background

Almost everything about the Lexus IS is different from the norm in its chosen compact executive saloon segment. The styling, the single four-door bodystyle, the absence of manual transmission and, perhaps most notably, the fact that no, you can't have a diesel. Here instead, you get a unique four-door look, an auto gearbox and an overwhelming emphasis on petrol/electric hybrid power with its sensible running costs and limo-like silent start-up. It was a unique approach we nearly didn't get. Back when work on this design first started in 2008, the global recession was tempting Lexus back to the badge engineering of Toyota models, which would have made this a plushed-up Toyota Avensis. Thankfully, common sense prevailed and what we've ended up with is much more than that - a car to change your mind: about hybrid power, German brand domination - and Lexus itself. Let's try it.

Driving Experience

The IS300h is the variant that attracts all the interest in the IS line-up. Unlike the brand's slightly smaller CT 200h hybrid model, it's more than a smartened up Toyota Prius, instead based on a proper large Lexus, the BMW 5 Series-sized GS 300h. True, the 2.5-litre engine used may only offer four cylinders but it does develop 178bhp, with a further slug of power contributed by an electric motor, resulting in a combined 223bhp output. That's enough to easily match the performance of the rival 2.0-litre diesel models at which this car is aimed, 0-62mph occupying 8.3s on the way to 124mph. Why just 124? It's down to use of a special geartrain for the electric motor that reduces weight and cuts friction in return for restricted flat-out pace - a reasonable trade off in our book. After all, when was the last time you drove quicker than 120mph? If you are going to be driving this car hard, then you'll find that the rubber belt-driven CVT 6-speed auto gearbox (installed because the ordinary IS250 model's conventional mechanical unit didn't fit) can start to frustrate attempts at meaningful progress. We've yet to drive a CVT auto that responded to the throttle (and in this case the gearshift paddles) in the way that it should - and here, the same issues remain. Plonk down your right foot and there's a noticeable pause before the transmission adjusts its gearing, after which there's another thrashy gap between the revs rising and the pace increasing. Still, you quickly adjust.

Design and Build

Changes to this improved third generation IS are subtle but significant. Buyers get restyled headlamps, larger and deeper air intakes integrated in the bumper and a further evolution of the signature Lexus spindle grille. In profile, the character line along the side of the car has been made stronger and at the rear, chrome detailing has been added to the lower bumper panel. The rear lights have also been redesigned, with LED lamps and smarter light guides that create an L-shape motif. Inside, the high-resolution multi-information screen that accompanies the Lexus Premium Navigation system has been increased from seven to 10.25 inches, presenting larger, clearer images and providing a split-screen function so that different information displays can be presented at the same time. Changes have also been made to the steering wheel (matching the design of that in the Lexus RC coupe) and the driver and front passenger knee pads now run the full length of the centre console. There are also new cupholders, a satin finish for the gear lever, a larger, leather-wrapped and stitched palm rest for the Remote Touch Interface control, and classier dial markings on the analogue clock. Otherwise, things are much as they were before, which means a classy cabin with best-in-class standards of kneeroom at the back. And the boot? Well the batteries that must be housed beneath its floor in the hybrid IS 300h model rob you of 30-litres of space, but that still leaves a class-competitive 450-litres of room on offer. And, as long as you avoid entry-level trim, there's a 60/40 split-folding rear seat for those times when you want to avoid the home delivery charge after a trip to IKEA.

Market and Model

The IS300h range is these days actually quite affordable. You'll now pay from around £30,000 for this car and there's a choice of 'SE', 'Executive Edition', 'Sport', 'Advance', 'Luxury', 'F Sport' and 'Premier' trim levels. Across the range, you can expect to find features like cruise control, a smart entry and start system, dual zone air climate control and power-fold heated mirrors. Then there are HID headlights with dusk sensing, eight airbags, plus a DAB digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity. Lexus is particularly keen to promote the plush 'Advance' level, which takes the existing 'Luxury' grade as its starting point, adding the Lexus Navigation system, leather upholstery, heated/ventilated electrically adjustable front seats and a reversing camera to the specification. For around £33,000, it's a decent package. In other respects, the 'Advance' specification matches the 'Luxury' grade in providing front and rear parking sensors, 17-inch alloy wheels, dusk-sensing HID headlights, cruise control, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, dual-zone climate control and rain-sensing wipers. Avoid entry level trim and you're guaranteed to get the 'Lexus Safety System+' portfolio of advanced safety systems as standard. Its features make use of camera and radar sensors to support the driver with improved information, better forward vision and prompt warnings of hazards and collision risks.

Cost of Ownership

Buying a car in this division ought to be a high involvement decision. Buyers should be armed with the facts but all too often are instead armed merely with hearsay and skewed badge loyalties. So here are the facts about the IS 300h. If you had £30,000 to spend and bought one of these, you'd be getting a car that in SE guise, emits just 97g/km of carbon dioxide per kilometre and will eke 67.3 miles from a gallon of unleaded. The IS 300h Luxury grade is rated at 103g/km, while the IS 300h F Sport and Premier grades are good for 109g/km, qualifying for zero first-year VED charge. Residual values of the IS have always been good, propped up by the model's brilliant reliability and customer satisfaction metrics, as well as modest insurance ratings. This car looks set to continue that form line.

Electric front/rear windows, Traction control, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Bluetooth telephone connectivity, Cruise control, Push button starter, Trip computer, Electric/heated/folding door mirrors...

Performance

Performance
Performance
0 to 60 mph (secs)
0 to 62 mph (secs)8.4
Engine Power - BHP223
Engine Power - KW164
Engine Power - PS
Engine Power - RPM6000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT221
Engine Torque - MKG31
Engine Torque - NM300
Engine Torque - RPM4200
Top Speed125

Go Green

Green Stats
Emissions
CO2 (g/km)101 (g/km)
NOx0.0021
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6
Fuel Consumption
EC Combined (mpg)65.7
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
EC Extra Urban (mpg)62.8
EC Urban (mpg)62.8

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