Lexus IS 300h F Sport
Week ending: August 29
Miles driven this week: 256
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I recently drove the Lexus IS300h on an extended motorway trip to visit family and friends. I was expecting the sustained higher speeds to really affect the Lexus’s fuel consumption, because it would be using its petrol engine most of the time under these driving conditions.
However, when I got to my destination I found that the Lexus’s trip computer was reading nearly 40mpg and the fuel tank hadn’t taken that bad a hit. The Lexus’s high-speed efficiency, then, is surprisingly impressive.
It’s a massive shame, however, that its ride, at any speed, is way too firm. Our IS has the F Sport pack which brings huge and attractive alloy wheels and sports suspension. True, it makes the car feel composed but imperfections in the road are transferred directly to your coccyx.
By Michael Vousden
Week ending: August 22
Miles driven this week: 455
Usually I prefer a capable estate or SUV to lug around all of my camera kit in, but after running around in the Lexus IS for a couple of months, as well as discovering its boot is up to the job, I was amazed at how well my bike rack fitted to it.
I expect that kind of ability from an SUV but not a rakish sports saloon. Using the prominent boot sill, combined with the tight shut lines between the panels, I was able to fit the rack without any risk of it moving around as I negotiated narrow New Forest lanes. There are also a couple sturdy metal brackets under the bumper, attached to the chassis, which are ideally placed to clip the rack's lower tethers to.
It fitted like it was tailor-made for the car, and much more securely than it ever fitted to my previous Honda CR-V or Hyundai Santa Fe. With the bike carried securely, all I had to do was try not forget that my pride and joy was attached as I enjoyed the winding roads.
By Will Williams
Week ending: August 15
Miles driven this week: 704
I've had a few days recently where I've spent a long time behind the wheel of the IS.
Initially, and on shorter journeys, I found the the seats pretty comfortable but after prolonged exposure I find that there isn't quite enough support for my upper back, leaving me with the feeling that I've got a few knots. A colleague from our sister magazine, Practical Motorhome, said she'd found the same problem on longer journeys, so it doesn't appear to affect just me.
Please get in touch and let me know if you're having similar problems.
By Will Williams
After nearly 12,000 miles the time came to take the Lexus IS300h for its first service.
So, we booked it in with Lexus Hedge End for a thorough going-over. A few hours later and the answer came back that the IS300h had been given a clean bill of health with no issues reported.
The quality of the customer service was impeccable at their smart and tranquil showroom, with complimentary drinks, wi-fi and biscuits. They didn’t even bat an eyelid when, thanks to traffic going to the last day of the England vs India third test cricket match at the Rose Bowl, the car turned up half-an-hour late. Despite this they still managed to get it finished on time.
They also took the time to thoroughly clean the car inside and out and included some complimentary sweets; though that may not be too much to ask considering the service cost £245.
On the way back to the office afterwards, the car felt much as it had done before except that the ride was harsher. I had previously let a few psi out of the tyres to calm the ride a little and I suspect those thorough chaps at Lexus thought the pressures were a bit low, so pumped them right up to maximum again. I need to find the tyre pressure gauge because my spine is telling me the pressures are too high for my liking, even if it might sacrifice the odd mile per gallon.
By Will Williams