For The GS is a comfortable cruiser and all versions come loaded with standard kit. We’d be surprised if reliability was anything less than excellent.
Against The GS feels unwieldy unless you go for the expensive models. There’s no diesel version and the hybrid is expensive.
The Lexus GS isn’t a bad car, but it’s hard to recommend when an Audi A6 or BMW 5 Series feels more special and costs less to own.
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The absence of a diesel engine limits the Lexus GS’s appeal.
The entry-level GS 250 is aimed at private buyers on a limited budget, but even low-mileage drivers are likely to be put off by its mpg. The GS 450h is significantly more powerful and fuel-efficient, but also a lot more expensive.
Much like the BMW 5 Series, the way the GS drives depends on the version you choose, because a number of different steering and suspension set-ups are available. The cheapest versions are comfy, but rather stodgy – GS 450h F Sport models have ‘Lexus Dynamic Handling’ (LDH), which adds rear-wheel steering and variable gear ratio steering. These versions are by far the most enjoyable to drive.
Even the cheapest versions are well equipped and even though top-spec models come with just about everything you can think of, there are still safety and LED headlamp options that will bump the bill (a lot) higher still.
The Lexus GS 450 Sport is the best all-rounder in the range, but it’s far too pricey to recommend over its key rivals.