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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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47 reader reviews for Lexus IS Saloon.
  • 220d 2.2 4dr

    michael pryke Date: 02/09/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    i have the 220d base modal on a 55 plate. Ive done 4000 miles in it and love the car.

    The interesting thing about this car is the it takes a while to get to know it. I have read all sorts of reviews on it mostly after i brought it. Fact the gear ratio is odd, the 6th gear is used at 76mph+ which gives it little use.

    In general I cannot understand why people moan about the car, examples...1, My rear veiw mirror vibrates....then adjust it, i did and mine now does not vibrate. MPG mine gets 45 (no lies) to the gallon because I drive it like its a family saloon not a race car. use the gear box correctly dont go above 2500 rpm and you should get better econ.

    Toys are great, build quality is brill, i love the keyless entry.

    All in all stop having a dig and ENJOY

  • 250 2.5 4dr

    Alan Causer , W Midlands . Date: 27/08/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Bought December 2005 to replace Audi A4 2.4 and have now covered 5000 miles. Very impressed with overall quality though some of the features are unnecessarily complicated. I chose the automatic version which was quoted as having better economy figures than the manual and unlike other reviewers have been pleasantly surprised. I have been able to achieve 40 mpg on motorway journeys at (more or less) legal speeds. This is undoubtedly due to the very high 6th gear which shows only 2050 revs at70mph, the downside being lacklustre acceleration unless the sport mode is selected. The car isn't used much on short trips so that my overall consumption since buying the car (according to the computer) is 34.5 mpg. The ride is somewhat fidgety over uneven roads and the rear visibility is obstructed by the high boot lid and rear headrests. Parking sensors are virtually essential. There is also more tyre roar than one should expect especially over coarse tarmac. This is particularly noticeable as the engine, a real peach, is so quiet. The boot is small for a car of this size, a situation not helped by the inability to fold down the rear seats. I have had no problems with the car apart from a cracked windscreen. I enjoy driving the car particularly on motorways and have found it to be the most relaxing car I have ever owned. If the predicted residual values prove accurate it has one of the lowest depreciation rates of any car in its class.

  • 220d 2.2 Sport 4dr

    barry jones , merseyside . Date: 30/07/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    right i have owned this car for little over 5 months and yes it,s got all the bells and whistles but at the end of the day you expect what you pay for and sorry lexus you just have not got an alround complete package yet.

    i have had countless rattles around the cabin that get worse when you drive the car a bit hard and for a diesel the performance has been questioned here a number of times and they are right performance is very overated and so is the fuel economy the looks on the outside are very good but seem to be a bit like everythink else on the road until you set it aside with the sports kit.

    the mark levison stereo is superb but is that what this car is all about, the other good thing about the stereo is that it can drowned the horrible diesel note and the rattles that i have had with this car.

    as far as badges go bmw is still the way to go as my wife has a new 330d sport and i cannot fault it for build quality and refinement and the mpg for this car is in the upper 40s and that is cruising at 70-80 mph out of a 3 litre! car.

    ok the extras are expensive but i would have the performance and quality of ride over a stereo system anyday

  • 220d 2.2 SE-L 4dr

    Steve Nicoll Date: 18/07/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The lexus replaces a 2.0L V6 Jaguar and what a massive disappointment. There is no doubt that the build quality and the amount of gadgets is fantastic, but the performance of the diesel engine is dire.

    Firstly the economy is bad, mine shows a combined average of 35mpg. This is only 4mpg better that the Jag.

    Secondly the useability is dreadful, especially around town. The gearbox is "slow" so a quick shift is not possible. This means a rolling start in second is the norm when pulling out of junctions. Heres the problem, the "turbo lag" is frightening, nothing happens until about 2300 revs then the pace picks up and you start to accelerate. Roundabouts can be a real frightener.

    Add to this a heavy clutch and you will find driving in heavy traffic becomes something to avoid.

    Sixth gear is completely redundant and it sounds like a diesel as well.

    The car has been in for testing and Lexus assure me the engine/gearbox is functioning corretly.

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