For The GS is a comfortable cruiser and all versions come loaded with standard equipment. Reliability should be excellent.
Against There's not as much boot or rear-seat space as in most rivals. The GS feels unwieldy unless you go for the expensive models, and there’s too much road noise on coarse surfaces.
What Car? says
The Lexus GS is a decent car. The 300h model is a fine company car and every version should be painless to run, although many German rivals are more practical and better to drive.
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There are 7 Lexus GS versions available
Target Price team says:
The absence of a diesel engine would normally limit the appeal of an executive car, but the Lexus GS uses petrol-electric hybrid technology to offer diesel-like company car tax costs.
We favour the 300h model: it's tax-efficient and economical, and makes far more financial sense than the six-cylinder 450h.
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 comfortable but rather stodgy – GS 450h F Sport models have ‘Lexus Dynamic Handling’ (LDH), which adds rear-wheel steering and variable-ratio steering. These versions are by far the most enjoyable to drive.
Even the cheapest models are well equipped, and although top-spec models come with just about everything you can think of, there are still safety and LED headlight options that will bump the bill (a lot) higher still.