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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.
  • 250 2.5 SE-L (SR+Multimedia) 4dr

    Robert Blanchett Date: 09/07/2008
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      35

    My car

    I have had this car for over two years now and it is well run in. I have driven it through France last year and will do the same this year. It is fully specified including the radar cruise control which is outstanding. I have previously owned Mercedes and BMW's (all of the Audi dealers that I visited prior to getting the Lexus were too indifferent to be bothered!).

    This is the best car I have ever owned. It drives so well even on our disgusting UK roads. After so long now I just take everything for granted including the superb iPod kit. It's only when I drive another car that I realise how excellent this Lexus is. It is so fast when you push it that I rarely even need to use the power range. The switchable auto box is very good and you need it as the two top auto gears are very light cruising gears as you will find out if you try a sharp turn in 6th gear! Being able to flip the gearlever into manual is so easy it becomes second nature and the driving experience is wonderful. Fuel consumption is well over 35 mpg if you use the super unleaded fuel. If I have a complaint it is that the wheels blacken almost instantly but that seems to happen with every modern car.

    Several of my friends have bought the same car and are equally delighted. Does Lexus pay commission?

  • 220d 2.2 Sport 4dr

    Paul Sanders , East Sussex . Date: 30/06/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      35

    My car

    I bought the IS 220D after an Audi A4 Avant, and was really looking forward to it. 60,000 miles in and the car has become a total nightmare. The infamous 5th injector is the main excuse, but it has now been in the garage 6 times in the last 2,000 stessful miles. I fear of driving any distance. When the car does inevitably break down, there are no mechanics offering a qualified opinion on what is actually wrong given that the indicator lights are genereic and can come on with a myriad of faults. Instead there are parts fitters who do what a diagnostic sheet seems to tell them without actually thinking that the same fault could be a different part in the engine. After the car broke down for the 5th time, the dealership suggested they would involve Lexus Technical in this. Too late.

    I'm sure later models will not have these faults, although there is a recall across the entire diesel range, but be very aware if you do high miles.

    I'm gutted as I wanted this car to be so good. Back to the Audi from September.

  • 250 2.5 SE 4dr

    Jeevan Naidu , Merseyside . Date: 23/06/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've had this car for a couple of months now. I previously drove an RX-8 for about two-and-a-half years.

    While looking to change, I test drove an Alfa GT 1.9 JTD, several 3 Series (old-shape 318i, 320d, new-shape 320i), Saab 9-3 Vector 1.9Tid, C-Class (old and new shape) before wandering over to Lexus Liverpool.

    I sat in a black SE with cream leather, and immediately let out a deep sigh, as if all my stresses had just been absorbed through the perforations in the seats!

    I pressed the start button, and the speedo and rev pointers lit up and did a fancy wave. I thought, 'hello'. I then put it into first and off I went.

    The angle of the gearstick is just right to relax your palm while waiting to change gears. When you're resting your palm there on the odd gears, just flick a finger forward and you can turn the stereo on. And let's not even get me started on the stereo. Everything in the cabin has been designed with the driver in mind.

    The beautiful thing about this car is how everything flows. The steering is perfect for the smoothness of the ride. The ride is smooth without being a sofa on wheels; there is just enough feel. The sound system is perfectly balanced. The full power of the V6 takes its time to kick in; allowing BMW-man by before you fly past him - to great effect.

    I just can't wait for the IS-F...

  • 250 2.5 Sport (SR+Multimedia) 4dr

    T J Phillips , Lanarkshire . Date: 23/06/2008
    • Overall 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

    My car

    A family member of mine has just purchased this car, and I'm just back from taking it for a spin to the gas station. I'm managing about 26mpg which is pretty good. At least I'm not driving a V8 too much right now when gas is like $3.97 a gallon. I love everything about the car. I'd have it over a BMW and a Merc any day, but maybe not an Audi... and if you know anything about cars then you'd know why. You don't buy a Lexus for build quality and to be sensible, you buy it because you like it. For instance, you'd probably buy an Audi to be sensible.

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