Looking for an entry level luxury sedan with a sporty disposition? Undoubtedly there can’t be a better choice than compact Lexus IS.
The stylish exterior, the luxury interior, easy-to-handle controls, smooth ride and the strong resale value is all what makes Lexus IS the market leader and top on the Lexus’s sales charts. It is a well equipped vehicle with a plenty of grip and highly reliable. Complete details are available on the web to let UK buyers know what they can get in form of Lexus IS. A premium brand sport sedan is discreetly powered and proffers all the desirable virtues including accurate handling, chiselled interior, sleek appearance, sturdy exterior, agile ride and an extensive array of high-tech features in a compact package. It is the best news of 2011 for UK motorists to get all at an affordable price tag.
“Lexus IS” is nothing else than a driving dynamics and a hunk in all sedan vehicles. Often great handling vehicle compromises the comfort and smoothness but not so with this vehicle. IS 200d, IS 250, IS 250C and IS 350 F are the Lexus variants that are in the market. As per majority of the reviewers, “There are numerous choices in the highly competitive entry-level luxury sedan vehicles but the Lexus IS is a respectable pick.” Although the lack of serious speed and muffled steering will deter the hard core enthusiasts yet Lexus IS is a great selection for UK car buyers.
Lexus IS Price
£24,870 – £58,350
Power & Performance
The Lexus IS 250 is automatic transmission complements the V6 engine for flawless performance. IS gives buyers the liberty to choose out of two flavours; one is speed devil and the other is more laid back. It is hard to extract maximum performance from 2.5-litre V6 petrol engine but the engine is punchy enough for assured overtaking. The IS 250 is slower of the variants however it has more sporting credentials than the rest of Lexus portfolio. The refined V6 engine is optimised for the unruffled performance like powering the vehicle from 0 — 62 mph in just 8.5 seconds. The compact engine delivers deep-power over 208 DIN hp of power at 6,400 rpm that makes it weakest motor in this class but the engine assures fuel economy.
The 2.2-litre diesel engine is fine at low speeds but it is not sensational performance for the driving enthusiasts. Lexus IS 350, on the other hand is like a rocket. Reviewers and testers are less impressed with 250’s engine but consider the higher variants punchier so give more marks to them. IS 250 lovers have a choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The vehicle has something different and appealing for the riders. Lexus IS 250, in rear-wheel-drive form gets 21 mpg in city drive while 30 mpg on the highway.
Interior & Exterior
What one can expect from Lexus IS other than luxury? A luxurious passenger cabin with the relaxed ambiance is there for you in the sporty vehicle. All IS variants are equipped in-dash, single-slot, 6-CD auto-changer as standard. Navigation and multimedia technology converts the IS into a state-of-the-art information and communications centre. A colour touch-screen that is 7 inches wide and enables the driver to view and control a range of systems such as audio, air-conditioning, parking assistance and satellite navigation. The front seats are praised for comfort but many reviewers complaint about the size of vehicle seats. However test drivers are particularly impressed with cabin electronics and state-of-the-art passenger protection in form of airbags that is one of the best in all sporty vehicles of this class. Select leather upholstery and electrically adjustable and heated seats to enjoy Lexus at its fullest.
It is one of the edgier cars in its segment and everyone likes its styling. One thing is granted in Lexus and that is quiet and refine engine and definitely the engine is duly hushed and wind noise is well suppressed. Although the cosmetic changes are small but to give it sleeker look some changes are made to front grill, bumper, headlights and taillights. Hardtop roof reacts in 20 seconds at the touch of button however it can’t be raised until the car is not stopped.
Safety & Reliability
Lexus IS performs well in safety tests but neither government nor insurance industry tested the 2011 Lexus IS. It has gained top scores in the previous 2010 Lexus versions in all of tests with exception to rear crash protection test where it just scored “acceptable”. Safety features such as Anti-lock disc brakes, electronic brake force distribution, traction control, restraint system airbags and vehicle stability assist for better control give it a better star rating. These features prove to be enough for a safe and smooth drive. The best return of your money is in form of safe drive; what else a driver demands. You can rely on it completely. The complete warranty information for UK is not available in documented format but as per our information Lexus provides a basic warranty for the first four years or 50,000 miles of IS ownership. Certainly in this price tag, you cannot get a better vehicle than 2011 Lexus IS.
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