For The GS is a comfortable cruiser and all versions come loaded with standard equipment. Reliability should be excellent and the 300h has low CO2 emissions.

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.

Lexus GS Saloon
33 5stars

The Lexus GS is a decent choice. 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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The full Lexus GS review

There are 7 Lexus GS versions available

Saloon 300h SE 4dr £31,495
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 300h Luxury 4dr £37,495
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 300h F Sport 4dr £41,745
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 300h Premier 4dr £43,745
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 450h Luxury 4dr £45,495
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 450h F Sport 4dr £51,495
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 450h Premier 4dr £51,495
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

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; the GS 450h F Sport has ‘Lexus Dynamic Handling’ (LDH), which adds rear-wheel steering and variable-ratio steering to make it by far the most enjoyable model to drive.

Even the cheapest versions are well equipped, and although top-spec models come with just about everything you can think of, there are still safety kit and LED headlight options that will bump the bill (a lot) higher still.

Reader test team says:

Lexus GS Saloon 300h Premier 4dr

What Car's constant default to German cars does get irksome. This car isn't a 'decent choice'. Its supremely comfortable and quiet and a joy to drive.…


4 out of 5 stars

Lexus GS Saloon first drive 4dr

I have been the delighted owner of my GS 300h Premier for a little over a month. I have driven BMW, Audi, Jaguar and Mercedes. I went for the…

Robert Vint

5 out of 5 stars

Lexus GS Saloon 450h Luxury 4dr

I took this car out for a test drive and subject to being able to get one within my company car budget I will definitely be ordering. It is a…

Simon Cannell

4 out of 5 stars
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