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A Touch Of Class From Lexus
Geoff Scutt, Motoring Correspondent
Lexus IS 300h Advance
Founded nearly thirty years ago as the luxury division of Toyota, Lexus has come to epitomise possibly understated elegance, style and quality.

If you are on the lookout for an executive saloon car and fancy something a little less run-of-the-mill, then the new Lexus IS is definitely worthy of serious consideration and throws down the gauntlet to the likes of Jaguar, Mercedes and Audi. Furthermore, it does not necessarily require you to take out a second mortgage.

For our review we drove the Lexus IS 300h Advance. Equipped with a 2.5 litre petrol-electric hybrid powertrain producing 178bhp and automatic CVT transmission, it can reach 62 mph in a respectable 8.4 seconds and a top speed of 125mph. The CO2 emissions come in at a miserly 107g/km and the officially claimed fuel consumption is 61.4 mpg.

With its sleek, smooth and well-proportioned body lines sitting atop its 17 inch alloys, a rakish front end with a coy grin playing across the front grille and a bulky stern end projecting an aura of gravitas, there is no denying the IS is an unpretentiously handsome car. This pleasing look is enhanced further by the sharp, arrowhead LED light clusters which fold neatly and unobtrusively into the corners.

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On the inside the cabin demonstrates the use of decent quality materials which are well put together and have a solid feel to them. The dash is neatly laid out and unfussy with straightforward access to the intuitive controls.

The IS comes fully loaded with the usual array of refinements such as infotainment system including sat-nav, front parking sensors and rear parking camera, adaptive cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, etc. etc.

The front leather seats, which can be both heated or ventilated as required, could prove a little low and on the short side for those of a taller stature. However leg room is ample and in the back there is adequate room for three adults albeit the transmission tunnel could prove a little irritating for the middle passenger.

The boot space is not deep, due to the battery housing, but it extends well forward to accommodate four medium sized suitcases. And if extra space were required at the expense of passengers, the rear seats can each be folded down separately or together.

The ride is smooth and generally refined as the power train shifts effortlessly between battery, electric and engine. The additional option of normal, eco, EV and sport modes also gives the driver the option to adjust the car's performance to his or her personal, desired driving style.

In terms of safety the car has a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating, and comes equipped with eight airbags.

Unlike its parent company Toyota's standard five year warranty, Lexus offers only 3 years or 60,000 miles on their vehicles plus 5 years or 60,000 miles for the batteries and hybrid components. In addition there is a 3 year paint and 12 year anti corrosion warranty. Regular servicing is required annually or every 15,000 miles.

A Touch Of Class From Lexus, 18th April 2017, 9:29 AM