Lexus sets prices for new IS diesel

17 November 2005

  • IS220d is first Lexus diesel
  • Prices start at £22,200
  • Undercuts petrol IS250 by £200


Lexus’s all-new IS diesel compact executive saloon will cost from £22,200, undercutting the IS250 petrol model by £200.

The IS is powered by a175bhp 2.2-litre engine, the first diesel Lexus has ever sold. It is available to order now, with first deliveries expected in January. The IS220d is only a little slower than the petrol IS, but far more fuel efficient and cheaper to tax as a company car.

Every model is fitted with front, side, curtain and knee airbags, stability and traction control and an alarm.

Climate control, a six-CD changer, cruise control, alloy wheels, remote central locking, keyless entry and engine start-up, electric windows and electrically folding and adjustable door mirrors are also standard.

Moving up to SE trim adds £3000 to the price, and brings 17-inch alloys and leather upholstery. The electrically adjustable front seats, with memory settings, can also be heated and cooled.

IS220d Sport models, with suede-effect interior, 18-inch alloy wheels and lowered suspension cost from £26,900. SE-L trim, costing £27,800, adds rain-sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors, an electrically adjustable steering column, wood trim and an electrically operated sunblind for the rear windscreen.

Lexus IS250 petrol versus IS220d diesel
Engine 204bhp vs 175bhp
0-62mph 8.1sec vs 8.9sec
Top speed 144mph vs 134mph
Monthly company car tax bill for lower/higher-rate taxpayer £134/£244 vs £125/£227
Combined fuel economy 28.8mpg vs 44.8mpg

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