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  1. Lexus LC500 Review

    OVERVIEW The LC500 is available as a 5.0 litre V8 which is bred from the race-track or if you are after something a little less aggressive and eco-friendly then look no further than the LC500h which is powered by a 3.5 litre V6 and hybrid motors. Available in standard trim, Sport or Sport+ versions are offered with very little difference in price between them. The LC500 that we road tested was the 5.0 litre V8 with Sport+ Pack. ENGINE / DRIVETRAIN The 5.0-litre V8 engine that Lexus has chosen to power the LC500 is a great choice to provide the flexibility for a smooth GT cruiser and also to propel the car to immense speeds in very little time. Combined with an excellent transmission, there is very little to complain about on the performance front. Utilising a 10-speed transmission which is controlled by Magnesium Paddle Shift and incorporates a manual ‘M’ mode for driver control and selection of the gears. Additionally, there is also the Drive Mode Select function which switches between Eco, Comfort, Normal, Custom, Sports S and Sports S+ modes to further enhance the drivers’ experience. Moving onto the chassis, an adaptive variable suspension featuring multi-link design engineered from scratch to provide excellent vehicle response and super-sharp handling but maintaining a superior ride comfort and stability. Adaptive Variable Suspension is used to control the damping forces on all shock-absorbers with the ability to manage 650 different variations of suspension settings. EXTERIOR The most definitive aspect of the LC500 has to be the exterior styling with its distinctive coupe body and futuristic lighting. Combine this with the fact that the body is not just stylish but also lightweight and extremely strong. Ultra-high tensile strength steel, lightweight aluminium and Carbon-Fibre Reinforced Plastic are used throughout the car ensuring high-rigidity throughout. The roof is available as either a glass panoramic or Carbon-Fibre infill (depending on model specification). Both roof panels are made to complement the styling of the LC500 and even incorporate the lines of a traditional Japanese sword on the rear edges of the chrome plating. There is a retractable rear spoiler and this extends automatically at speeds above 50 mph to provide extra downforce and stability at high-speed. The Sport+ Pack version has side aero intakes to reduce turbulence around the rear wheels to further improve handling. LED Headlights are an ultra-compact style fitted with triple-projector LED units which allow for a short front overhang which is crucial for high-speed handling. The rear lamps are also LED which are inspired by the afterburners of a Jet Fighter aircraft and have a holographic effect which also incorporates a sculptured metal frame that follows the Lexus ‘L’ motif throughout. SAFETY FEATURES The Lexus LC500 is designed with high-speed performance in mind, but safety features, both passive and active, are also a major design element of the car. A pop-up bonnet, activated by sensors mounted in the front bumper ensure that in the event of a collision with a pedestrian, the impact raises the bonnet and by allowing more space between the hard components of the engine compartment and the pedestrian, the level of injury is reduced. To protect the vehicle occupants, eight airbags are fitted, driver, passenger, head, knee and curtain shields running the full length of both cabin sides. INTERIOR The interior of the LC500 is no less spectacular than the exterior styling. Lexus has directed their design on an interior specifically focused on the driver. The steering wheel is crafted by a Takumi master and when grasped seems to instantly instil a feeling of confidence within the driver. Already, the overall feeling of the cars’ demeanour is coming through when seated in the comfortable and supportive sports seats, and this is even when it is parked with the engine off. All of the controls and driver interfaces are positioned to hand and are designed to be easy to operate when driving. The instruments are positioned to allow the driver to view them at all times and are in line with the natural view of the road ahead with very little distraction. The interior temperature is carefully monitored and adjusted to provide the occupants with the optimum environment for comfort and wellbeing. The Climate Concierge system features pioneering Nanoe® technology to release negatively charged particles into the cabin area to purify the air and deodorise the seats. The overall effect is to moisturise the skin and hair whilst leaving the occupants relaxed and fresh throughout the journey. Entertainment is provided by the usually high standards from Mark Levinson® Premium Surround system with GreenEdge™ technology and incorporates 13 speakers throughout the car. Designed specifically for the LC range, the system delivers a digital home-theatre experience and is further enhanced as an optional extra by Clari-Fi™ which rebuilds sound lost in MP3 digital compression. Boot space is sufficient for two weekend bags and other small items but you would be restricted to carrying a great deal more. The vehicle Battery is beneath the cover within the boot floor. TECHNOLOGY A Lexus wouldn’t be a Lexus if it wasn’t for the quality of build and the technology that is utilised to enhance the driving experience. The LC500 is no exception and the list of standard equipment is quite extensive. The driving data is very clearly displayed through a multi-function display panel and also through an optional, extra-wide (174mm x 48mm) ‘Head-Up Display’ on the windscreen. Information such as safety warnings, navigational guidance and engine readings are clearly displayed for the driver to review without compromising the view of the road ahead. The Premium Navigation system is built-in to the dashboard and features a split-screen 10.3” display with the input being made through either voice command or through a TouchPad with Remote Touch Interface. Driver warning systems such as tyre pressures monitoring, parking proximity and traffic sign recognition are clearly displayed within the vehicle using visual and audio to highlight the alert. Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert feature within the LC500. Radar devices mounted in the rear bumper detect vehicles in adjacent lanes that are not visible in the door mirrors. If the driver is indicating to change lanes and should another vehicle enter into the blind spot, a warning signal appears in the mirror along with a buzzer to warn the driver. The Rear Cross Traffic Alert functions by alerting the driver to another vehicle manoeuvring behind. ROAD TEST SUMMARY The Lexus Owners Club have been very fortunate to be offered the opportunity to road test the LC500 and this is our unbiased opinion of what we consider to be one of the best performance cars to roll off the Lexus production line. The version used for road test was the Sport+ Pack with the V8 engine. First thoughts when entering the car is that it is an easy to get in and out of which sometimes is not the case with other GT coupes. Once settled in the comfortable and supportive sports seat, the engine is started via push start button and foot applied to the brake pedal. Engage ‘D - Drive’ or ‘M - Manual’ through the selector and whichever mode suits your style of driving. The default mode is ‘Comfort’ with Eco, Sport and Sport+ on offer in the model we had. Pulling away and driving in built-up traffic conditions presented no issues to the car which drove sedately as any other Lexus, but when approaching a Motorway and entering the slip-road, well that’s a completely different kettle of fish. The engine and transmission are swift to deliver the power with absolutely no delay encountered. However, in Sport or Sport+ mode, the response time is even less. Power delivery is incredibly smooth and with gear changes made automatically or through the paddles, there was no bucking experienced as is the case with some other performance cars. As the soundtrack from the LC500 V8 engine via the tuned exhausts, well there is not much that can overshadow it. Something that was noticeable during the drive was that the cabin was incredibly quiet, even with the windows down, there was not any noticeable wind noise or draught, apart from the noise of the V8 when unleashed. The economy is not one of the main reasons for the decision to buy the V8 LC500, but on road test with varying styles of driving and traffic conditions, the LC delivered between 21.6 and 27.6 mpg. Carefully driven with very little traffic to hinder your journey you could probably achieve around 24.6 on average. Handling comparisons have been made with a Porsche 911 and the LC500 was deemed to be ‘not as responsive’. This is probably the case but the wheel certainly felt positive and grounded during application into bends. The suspension delivered a very smooth ride over a variety of road conditions and never faltered with delivery into corners. The transition between driving modes was noticeable with the dampers tightening considerably more so when placed in Sport or Sport+. Interior space is designed as a 2+2 seater but as is the same with all performance GT Coupe’s the rear seating, although adequate for younger children would be less suited to adults unless the seats were positioned further forwards. Driver controls are perfectly positioned for operation in normal driving circumstances. The Lexus touch panel is conveniently placed to control various functions is intuitive and easy to use, and the car also features a voice control to facilitate the operation of some features. The steering wheel also housed quite a few function buttons for Cruise Control, Audio, Lane Control, Telephone and Voice Control as is standard layout on many Lexus models. Above the instrument panel and housed in the binnacle are two rotary controls which operate the Driving Modes on the left-hand side (Comfort, Eco, Sport, Sport+) and on the right-hand side, there is Traction Control which has the option of ‘Off’ or ‘Snow’. But one of the best features available to the driver is the colour Head-Up Display displayed on the lower part of the windscreen. Providing useful information about speed and navigation along with other selectable data to the driver, this is definitely a very useful feature. Would we buy one? Most definitely, yes! However, which version would we choose? For the number of extras that you can acquire that would seriously enhance the drive and also the resale, the Sport+ Pack is the way forward. Considering the marginal cost between the options, the Sport+ pack is not much further to stretch and in our opinion would give so much more back in return. There is, however, a tough decision that has to be made and that is do you go for the V8 or the Hybrid? That would have to be a personal choice but with only 0.3 seconds on the 0-60 mph time between them, it’s definitely going to be a tough choice. TECHNICAL INFORMATION Engine 5.0 litre V8 petrol Transmission 10-speed Automatic (Rear Wheel Drive) Engine Power (bhp / kW) @rpm 477 / 351 @7100 Mpg (Combined) 24.6 0-62 Mph (secs) 4.4 CO2 Combined (g/km) 263 Above information based on LC500 with 21” wheels COST (effective as of September 2017) LC500h – from £76,595 LC500h Sport Pack – from £80,595 LC500h Sport+ Pack – from £85,895 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Special thanks to Snows Lexus, Hedge End for the loan of the Lexus LC500 used for road test For more information about the LC500 visit: http://www.snowsgroup.co.uk/lexus/
  2. The new breathtaking flagship coupé from Lexus tested and reviewed. Read our Lexus LC500 review and prepare to want one :D If you not logged in then log in/register to the club to leave your love letter comments ;) :D http://ownersclub.co/LexusLC500review Please comment on the review as this post is locked.
  3. Lexus RX200t Review

    LEXUS LATEST OFFERING IN THE 2.0 LITRE SUV MARKET The fourth generation model equipped with 2.0 litre petrol engine offering flexibility and agile handling while delivering luxury comfort levels. Being offered with either a two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive option, and for those who want more of an exhilarating drive, then there is also an F Sport version. ENGINE/DRIVETRAIN The RX 200t is powered by a brand new 2.0-litre petrol engine (developing 238 hp) offering turbocharged performance while delivering improved fuel economy and lower emissions by using advanced D-4ST valve technology and Atkinson Cycle capability. Drivetrain options are available as either all-wheel drive or two-wheel drive, and a ‘paddle shift’ option to provide smooth control of the 6-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel drive system delivers drive from full front-wheel drive to 50/50 front to rear split, depending on driving and road conditions. All models are equipped with Drive Mode Select with options of Eco, Normal or Sport, allowing you to select the mode to best suit your driving style. F Sport and Premier models have the option of Sport S+ which adapts the vehicles’ suspension settings to provide an enhanced cornering experience to match the drivetrain performance. EXTERIOR The latest generation RX exterior enhancements include a larger Lexus signature spindle grille with ‘L-mesh’ inserts, brake cooling ducts and aerodynamic fins for increased downforce. TRIPLE LED HEADLIGHTS Futuristic ‘L’-shaped headlights use the same LED light source for both high and low beam. For a unique style, they are complemented by Daytime Running Lights with integrated sequential indicators. LED REAR LIGHTS Stylish ‘L’-shaped LEDs create linear illumination from the rear corners of the RX to the centre of the tailgate. The extra-wide rear lights offer sharp visibility and have eye-catching sequential LED indicators. ALLOY WHEELS Available with 18” or 20” alloy wheels, with the option to provide an individual touch to the Premier grade 20” wheels by customising with coloured inserts, depending on the paintwork you choose. PANORAMIC ROOF The large optional factory-fitted panoramic roof provides extra headroom and allows natural light to enter the RX interior. It is also fitted with a movable glass section at the front to heighten the sense of open-air feeling, and an electrically adjustable sliding blind should the sun become too intense. INTERIOR Once seated inside the RX 200t, it is instantly apparent that the overall quality is carried over from the exterior to the interior. An example of this is the leather seats which are hand-stitched by a team of seventeen Lexus ‘Takumi’ craftsmen to provide a truly bespoke interior. The drivers’ seat has multiple adjustable for height, angle and lumbar support and is equipped with a memory function. The passenger seat is also electrically adjustable with the front seats having both heating and cooling for occupant comfort and convenience. The centre console is laser etched by Yamaha Piano division, creating an intriguing lined pattern, before being hand polished to create a beautiful sheen and set in a comfortable, accessible format with all controls within easy reach of the driver. A large Multimedia display panel provides all of the required functions to entertain, communicate, set comfort levels and provide vehicle data for the driver and passengers. Controlled by either a mouse within the centre console, through the steering wheel or by voice command, the various functions can be selected whilst minimising driver distraction. Wireless mobile phone charging is conveniently provided via a built-in charging plate located towards the front part of the console. The model used for this review is equipped with a 3-spoke leather steering wheel, featuring finger rests and a broad padded rim optimised for comfort. Integrated switches control audio, telephone, multi-information display, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist. Equipped with electrically adjustable tilt and telescopic wheel function in addition to the drivers’ seat being moved back to aid ease of access when entering and exiting the vehicle. LOAD SPACE The load area is extremely spacious and is easily accessed via powered tailgate opening from the key fob. The rear seats fold in a 40:20:40 split to allow even more space for transporting larger items, while the centre section opens to allow for longer items. SAFETY All new Lexus RX models are now equipped with the Lexus Safety System + as standard equipment. This includes a Pre-Crash System with pedestrian detection, Lane Keeping Assist to help you stay on course, Automatic High Beam for enhanced vision at night, and Adaptive Cruise Control, which regulates your speed to that of the vehicle in front. ROAD TEST SUMMARY Overall, the RX 200t performed well in all situations such as urban and motorway driving, on-road and off-road terrain and varying weather conditions. The turbocharged engine performance is sufficient to propel the RX to the desired speed with little effort and is matched perfectly with the efficient six-speed automatic transmission. The Mode selection switch was used frequently and performed well with noticeable differences in the vehicle dynamic when the varying modes were changed. The default setting is quite sensibly switched to Eco but soon changes once the drive becomes a little more enthusiastic. The ride height and general visibility from the drivers’ seat further enhance your sense of security in the knowledge that you are in quite a substantial vehicle with numerous safety features, including ten Airbags and active front seat headrests. Driving safety and convenience features within the RX were used throughout the road test such as the Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Radar and traffic sign recognition. The large, central mounted multimedia display provides plenty of options for the driver and passengers with good visibility and minimal glare in all lighting conditions. The Navigation system proved to be reliable, with up to date traffic information now being essential in any cross-town commute. Overall quality and comfort of the RX becomes apparent over longer driving distances and with passenger convenience features such as the air-cooled front seats alleviating the usual discomfort levels in warm weather conditions. The climate control is extremely effective, keeping the interior temperature levels constant and comfortable. Minimal external noise was encountered, even with the sunroof or drivers’ window open, resulting in a quiet interior, until the audio system is powered up. Although not equipped with the Mark Levinson Premium Surround system option, the audio output was still of very high quality with clear, definitive sound. Several sources of audio were selectable, such as DAB and Bluetooth connection to phone or tablet. So how does it compare to other SUV’s? There is a vast range to choose from in the current market but because it is a Lexus and has the brand reputation and support network, it has to be somewhere near the top of the list. Being equipped with a high level of comfort and equipment, and at a reasonable price, it certainly has to be one to seriously consider. TECHNICAL INFORMATION ENGINE: 2.0 PETROL TURBO TRANSMISSION: 6 SPEED AUTOMATIC POWER HP: (KW) 238/175 TORQUE (NM): 350 CO2 EMISSIONS(G/KM): 181 COMBINED MPG(URBAN): 28 MPG(EXTRA URBAN): 40.4 MPG(COMBINED): 34.9 MAX SPEED (MPH): 124 0-62 MPH (SECS): 9.2 COSTS & SPECIFICATIONS (effective from September 2016) RX 200T S Lexus Safety System Plus (ACC/PCS, LDA, LKA, TSR)Heated fabric seats: 8 way driver & 8 way passenger adjustable inc lumbar support, 8″ Multi-information display in centre instrument panel, 9 Speaker/1CD, Lexus Media Display , DAB, Rotary, Remote Touch Controller, 18″ alloy wheels 5-spoke: tyre size 235/60 R18 103V, L-shaped LED headlights with AHB FROM £39,995.00 RX 200T LUXURY Leather heated and ventilated seats (front)Front and rear armrest with 2 cup holders and storage, 12.3″ Multi-information display in centre instrument panel, Wireless smartphone charger, 20″ alloy wheels, L-shaped LED headlights with AHB, LED front & rear sequential turn lamps/indicators & DRL, Side mirrors; electrically adjustable, heated, auto folding, electro chromatic (auto-dimming) with memory, Roof Rail FROM £45,995.00 RX 200T F SPORT AVS (Adaptive Variable Suspension)Rear door sun shades, F SPORT interior styling (unique front seats, black headlining), LED Low Speed, Front Cornering Lights, F SPORT exterior styling (unique front bumper & black mirror covers) FROM £48,995.00 All prices are based on Dealer ‘On the Road’ price, including 20% VAT ACKNOWLEDGMENTS A special thanks to Snows Lexus Hedge End for the loan of our RX 200t featured in this review For more information about the Lexus RX 200t, click the following link: http://www.hedgeend.lexus.co.uk/mirror/model/rx/?h=offers VIDEO
  4. NX 1000 mile review

    My household is theoretically the owner of three current Lexus models until the end of the month (see signature). I thought I'd do a brief review of each on the relevant thread, essentially aimed at helping people considering. Model This is the current (pre-impending facelift) NX300h F Sport with premium nav. This gets it most of the good stuff - sport styling/leather, radar/sensors/pre-crash, auto tailgate, electric adjustment on steering wheel and seats, and so on. Missing are some of the safety aids such as HUD and BLIS, and I have no sunroof of any kind. Interior The interior will divide opinion. I think it is superb, but I can see why others are less enthused. Firstly, there is quality everywhere. There is plenty of leather and some excellent padding all round. Nothing in here feels cheap at all. No one would dispute that. Secondly, I like the way the driver's side feels like a cockpit. Unlike most SUVs (including the RX), the centre panel is set inwards, essentially enveloping you (and mimicking, cleverly in my view, the basic outline of the grille). Thirdly, there are some nice touches (like touch sensor light switches), some pleasant touches (like knee padding), and some frankly bizarre touches (like a centre console cover which, when lifted out and turned over, is also a mirror). I also have the Qi charger - adaptors to enable the iPhone to work on this typically cost less than a tenner. Exterior Again, this will split opinion. Some will suggest it looks like any modern Japanese SUV. Some will suggest it is a literally outstanding proposition. Needless to say I'm in the latter, particularly with the F Sport. The auto tailgate is slow, but can be stopped with any of the buttons depressed briefly. It is useful that the car can be locked or unlocked via any door, but why not also the boot? It looks pleasant from the back, outstanding from the side, and like a Samurai from the front. Take your pick! Infotainment A bit of a niggle here - the logbook still hasn't arrived so I cannot register it on "My Lexus", thus the premium nav still isn't working despite the fact I'm paying for it. Ugh! Let's not get too upset, but it is true infotainment remains a weak link for Lexus. I am still not yet comfortable with the laptop-mouse-style controller, which is too easy to depress. That could, seriously, be a deal breaker for some. That said, there are a few nice touches; for example, the Nav now distinguishes between an outright expressway (a dual carriageway with left exit only) and a regular dual carriageway - that is potentially quite useful. The screen is good quality too, although gathers dust too easily. One really good point is the audio. This is not ML is the F Sport but it has extra speakers and is really good, even in the back and even over Bluetooth. Although I believe the car lacks volume control, it barely needs it. Driving This has been a very pleasant surprise. Certainly I miss the IS's turning circle and its comparative pace, but the NX is absolutely no slouch and I find it almost as good. The steering is direct, the ride is smooth (even if bumps do cause too much of a crash in the F Sport), and bar the odd mis-step the radar cruise is sublime (I have managed 20 miles using only he steering wheel and cruise lever with decent consumption levels). Reliability It is too early to say but this thing feels like it is built like a brick. I am currently on around 37mpg (over 40mpg since last fill, mind, so I'll keep watching that!) Summary The truth is I wondered about this car at the start because it is so different and there were so many aspects to get used to. However, with 1000 miles on the board I am now totally enthused. Getting the premium nav working would complete the set and, assuming it operates as it did in the IS, I would have no hesitation in recommending at least a test drive.
  5. My household is theoretically the owner of three current Lexus models until the end of the month (see signature). I thought I'd do a brief review of each on the relevant thread, essentially aimed at helping people considering. Model This was a MY14 IS300h Lux, registered July 2013. It was in fact the first 3rd gen IS in Northern Ireland. Lux trim added leather and auto sound control ("fake gears") with paddles; and this one had Premium Nav (including remote journey planner, DVD player and reverse camera with full guidelines). It lacked extras such as HUD, electric/memory seats and lane guidance. Interior Initially I really liked the interior and the materials oozed quality and stood the test of time. The seats are extraordinarily comfortable and the analogue clock adds a touch of call. The touch sensors for the climate control were good and utile. The dash display is fine; nothing to write home about but a few nice touches like the change to regular layout in sport mode. I must say, over time I came to find the central section a little bland, almost like something straight out of a Casio wris****ch. Storage is ok; there is a large centre console (for the rear-wheel drive) with plenty of space. One problem is the cup holders are single size and too far back. Boot space is fine too, but the boot lid just lacked quality and really just had to be slammed down. Storage is somewhat limited in the back, however; this is compensated for by a nice arm rest. Exterior This is subjective of course, but I think the IS is a superb-looking car, particularly but not only from the front. Infotainment This is not a Lexus strong point; the nav map looks a bit old and some of the options take so,e working out - it took me weeks to work out how to turn the voice off but leave turn-by-turn instructions on the dash on. A major and frustrating omission is volume control. I had this on a 1998 Volvo! I know the IS is quiet, but I still found myself shuffling the volume on my music regularly at higher speed to counter the slight road noise. For all that, it does basically work, the DAB worked fine for the most part, and the DVD screen quality was outstanding. Also, I did like the split screens on the nav. Driving Without reservation, I found this a superb car to drive, contrary to many of the UK reviews. The turning circle was staggeringly good; steering was direct; yet the ride was generally comfortable. With the modes and the paddles I found I could drive the same route two very different ways. 223bhp also moves you away swiftly when you want to - but it is all so pleasant because it is so gloriously quiet (with even wind deflectors contributing to the silence) you often don't. Really terrific, for me. The engine is terrific too, and the "growl" referred to in reviews is simply non-existent. But turn the ASD off; it's a gimmick! Reliability Not a single problem beyond the odd infotainment hitch. Tyres are repaired for free too. The car also remained in good nick inside and out - the next owner will scarcely believe it has 40k miles on it. Out of interest, I tended to average around 48mpg in the summer and 45mpg in the winter (see other reviews on other threads for comparison). Summary For anyone in the market for a mid-range premium family saloon, I recommend a test drive unreservedly. Infotainment lets the car down a little; others are now moving well ahead. Also, the hybrid isn't quite the obvious economical option it was four years ago with plenty of outright electric now on the market. However, for comfort and quality (and in my view looks), I don't think the IS can be beaten. It remains a great financial proposition particularly as a business car, and for reliability and customer service it is a clear class leader.
  6. CT 20k mile review

    My household is theoretically the owner of three current Lexus models until the end of the month (see signature). I thought I'd do a brief review of each on the relevant thread, essentially aimed at helping people considering. Model My wife bought a CT200h Advance in March 2016. This is thus the facelifted model with regular satnav, cruise control, heated seats and front/back sensors; it lacks the premier options or extra satnav-related features (like reversing camera, leather or pre-crash alert). Interior I have very mixed views on this. The steering wheel is outstanding, in wonderful leather. There is also some nice quality padding. Passengers are generally positive about it, and I do like the overall design a lot. But there is far too much plastic in there for a so-called premium model, particularly on the passenger side. This leads to frustrating rattles too. (It is almost like someone gave up once they moved away from the cockpit and gear lever. A pity.) Storage is ok, although the cup holders have no grip so more rattles of you have a flask or narrow bottle in them. Exterior A hatchback, sorry, compact car is what it is, but I do like this one particularly post-facelift. My own favourite angle is the side. Infotainment The infotainment is packed with potential but doesn't really fulfil all of it. The satnav is good, for me; clear enough (although there is no help in the dash itself, unlike in rival models like the A3) and ok to use with the rotary dial once you get used to it. The radio is, well, a bit meh. Sound is ok but no better. The most frustrating aspect is the inability simply to flick through all DAB stations; you have to change between groupings (regional, national etc) or stick to six presets. An unnecessary and frankly incomprehensible rigmarole. Driving For what it is, a front-wheel drive small car, I personally find this ok. It's not exactly a hot hatch, but suspension is not the worst by any means. Progress is notably quite quiet, even at higher speeds but particularly around town. There is a hint of premium comfort even at this end of the scale. Just one slight issue is the incredibly small size of the hybrid petrol tank. Requires frequent stops, as you will rarely get much more than 30l in. Reliability Excluding an immediate satnav failure (sorted quickly and impressively by the dealer) and some idiot opening a door on to the side damaging the paintwork, there have been no issues at all and not even a hint of a problem. Consumption is quite good for what is in effect a 2l petrol - 53mph this summer, down to around 49mpg in the winter. (See other threads for comparison.) Summary If this were a carwow review, I'd suggest "consider". To be honest, I can't help but think that if you really want a premium compact car there are better out there; and there are non-premium cars which do most things this one does (with better infotainment). For all that, it is something different, the customer service is good, and it won't let you down.
  7. Hello - Wow was I surprised at how damn good this car was - This is my playful review which I hope you find balanced and fair. Its ok I asked the mods if I was ok to post. :)
  8. Chronic Smugness

    I picked up my first Lexus (RX450L) a couple of weeks ago from Swindon Lexus. It's 3 yrs old with a paltry 11k on the clock. If I'd put '14 plates on it you would accept that it was brand new. Here's the issue; I can't suppress the feeling of smugness and utter contentment behind the wheel. Journey times have lengthened because I don't want to arrive and then have to alight from the vehicle. I struggle to break speed limits and I have developed a habit of giving way to people and pedestrians (not that they can hear me coming). My wife is gravely concerned that the husband she knew has been replaced by this weird but pleasant and chilled individual. Can anyone help??
  9. Good Detailed Review

    Just found this really good review that i've not seen links to before. Good reading for anyone considering an ISF. http://www.topspeed.com/cars/lexus/2008-lexus-is-f-ar18761.html