Our cars: Lexus IS300h - February

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  • The IS feels most at home around town.

    The IS feels most at home around town.

  • Lexus cupholders aren't well situated if you sit further forward than most

    Lexus cupholders aren't well situated if you sit further forward than most

  • Bluetooth pairing has caused a few issues in the IS recently

    Bluetooth pairing has caused a few issues in the IS recently

  • Noise levels are rising in the IS's cabin

    Noise levels are rising in the IS's cabin

  • Visibility in the Lexus is tricky, so Paul wishes the camera was standard

    Visibility in the Lexus is tricky, so Paul wishes the camera was standard

  • Infotainment controller is more hinderance than help - but it's standard if you want sat-nav

    Infotainment controller is more hinderance than help - but it's standard if you want sat-nav

  • Lexus 'leather' and white stitching in F Sport trim looks the part and feels top quality

    Lexus 'leather' and white stitching in F Sport trim looks the part and feels top quality

  • Vicky found it surprisingly easy to slot a lot of rubbish into the boot of the Lexus IS

    Vicky found it surprisingly easy to slot a lot of rubbish into the boot of the Lexus IS

  • Following some basic advice and instruction, we boosted indicated fuel economy to 56.8mpg

    Following some basic advice and instruction, we boosted indicated fuel economy to 56.8mpg

  • Our first run with the hybrid trainer was without advice or instruction - we managed 45.6mpg

    Our first run with the hybrid trainer was without advice or instruction - we managed 45.6mpg

  • Dashboard looks suitably modern, but the heater controls are far too sensitive

    Dashboard looks suitably modern, but the heater controls are far too sensitive

  • Some say the IS's headlights are over-styled; everyone agrees the ride is overly firm, though

    Some say the IS's headlights are over-styled; everyone agrees the ride is overly firm, though

  • AA Autowindshields came to the rescue to replace a badly cracked windscreen

    AA Autowindshields came to the rescue to replace a badly cracked windscreen

  • EV mode is useful for extending range, plus the dashboard readout looks great and is easy to read

    EV mode is useful for extending range, plus the dashboard readout looks great and is easy to read

  • We're not seeing anywhere near the official 60.1mpg, but we're getting a hybrid 'trainer' in to see if we can improve

    We're not seeing anywhere near the official 60.1mpg, but we're getting a hybrid 'trainer' in to see if we can improve

  • Plenty of rear legroom meant our road test manager's little passenger couldn't get the back of the front seats mucky

    Plenty of rear legroom meant our road test manager's little passenger couldn't get the back of the front seats mucky

  • Snazzy instrument cluster has impressed Steve

    Snazzy instrument cluster has impressed Steve

  • F Sport trim comes with harsh sports suspension

    F Sport trim comes with harsh sports suspension

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Lexus IS300h F Sport

Read the full Lexus IS review

Week ending February 28
Total mileage 4535
Driven this week 60 

There's been a lot written about the IS since it arrived at What Car?. From the exciting LFA-inspired sliding dials, to the wholly uninspiring fuel economy, those of us who have driven the Lexus seem to be saying the same things: it could be good, but it's falling way short of our expectations.

One thing that has surprised me this week, though, is the boot. I was expecting a narrow saloon opening, with the load space inside hampered by a large, hidden chunk of batteries. I was half right. The IS is a saloon - it does have a narrow boot aperture (that's a given), but the space inside is impressive. On a recent visit to my parents' house, I raided the garage for some old camera gear. Everything I loaded fitted without much effort, which left me plenty of time to contemplate the hotchpotch cockpit design on the way back to London.

By Pete Brown
Peter.Brown@whatcar.com

Read the full Lexus IS review

Week ending February 21
Total mileage 4475
Driven this week 0 

Our Lexus has been in the wars recently. Something has been flung up from the road (something large and at great speed) and badly cracked the IS300h’s windscreen.

The car’s insurance includes windscreen cover through AA Autowindshields, so a quick call later and the new glass was on order.

Annoyingly, the weather got in the way of the original fitting date, so it was done exactly a week after the crack was reported.

The friendly fitter turned up and inspected the car, only to discover that although he had been sent the correct windscreen, the plastic front pillar trim was for the previous-generation IS model, so wouldn’t fit. Thankfully he was able to remove the existing trim without breaking any of the fragile clips beneath, so it could be reused, and an hour later our Lexus was fit for the road again.

By Barnaby Jones
Barnaby.Jones@whatcar.com

Read the full Lexus IS review

Week ending February 7
Total mileage 3921
Driven this week 81 

I had reason to be grateful for the Lexus’ electric-running ability the other day. In stop-start traffic on a rainy weekday evening, I found myself with around 20 miles to go to the next service station and 21 miles on the range. So, I stuck it in EV mode and trundled along for as long as possible. The petrol engine starts up if the ancillary use is too high (it had lights, wipers and heater going), or if speed increases too much, so it did kick in quite frequently. Even so, I got to the station just as the range ticked down to 10 miles.

Having spent a fair amount of time staring at the readouts during my game of chicken with the car’s remaining range, it has to be said that the dials in our car – which are specific to the F Sport trim and inspired by the LFA supercar – are seriously cool. The James Bond-style sliding display never fails to impress the gadget-loving side of me, plus - on a more practical note - it’s an easy setup to read at a glance.

By Vicky Parrott
Vicky.Parrott@whatcar.com

Our cars: Lexus IS300h - January

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