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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 SE-L 4dr

    Stephen Tipple Date: 22/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have been driving the car for a few months now and can say that my first impressions ahve not changed with the passage of time. Initilally the things that struck me is that the car is attractive and very well put togeter, well equipped, ergonomically thought out (for the driver) and that it handled very well. I was concerned by the small boot, the lack of rear legroom and that the economy was not up to the standards of the class.

    Knowing the car better now allows comment on the details. I enjoy still driving the car for its precise handiling, goog driving position and gutsy engine, however, there is slightly too much turbo lag at the bottom end and the sixth gear is far too high a ratio to be of paractical use. Even with the high sixth gear and controlled driving it is vet difficuly to beat 40mpg on a long distance run - i just let the engine rev and enjoy the drive as frugal driving is not well rewarded. The lack of space in the rear has not really proven to be a problem but it could be with older kids or adults as reular passangers.

    What i do like about the car is that it feels like a quality product in terms of attention to detail and finish. I enjoy driving it and the fact that it is not such a mass markwet product as some of its compotitors e.g. BMW 3 series or Audi A4. It is flawed however and i think Lexus could have done a bit better on the economy and power delivery issues.

  • 220d 2.2 Sport (Multimedia) 4dr

    Simon Kent , Staffordshire . Date: 15/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The gadgets are plentiful and all so very easy to use being only a finger tip or voice command away. Multimedia is a must with the easiest to use Sat Nav I have yet to come across and the instant blue tooth connectivity to your phone as you jump into the car. The equipment level is excellent and all adds to the driving pleasure in a car that handles well during the mad dash to work through country lanes and dual carriageway each day. I have found the dealership, reliability and servicing to match the well deserved praise the customer satisfaction surveys heaps on Lexus. After 14k needed to change the 2 front tyres but back ones still ok after 18k. I thoroughly enjoy driving this car but it is not all good news. I opted for a black car with cream interior. The black paint has chipped very easily, too easily compared to the other vehicles that I have owned over the years and if like me you wear a dark suit to work and jeans in your spare time then expect your suede effect seats to attract the dye (and yes I did fork out for the interior and exterior protection at time of purchase). The rear seats provide little legroom even when average height occupants are in the front. My biggest gripe with the car is the fuel economy. I only get an average of 30.8mpg. Borrowed a mates BMW 220D and got 55.5mpg to and fro from work! To sum up, love the gadgets the driving experience but the negatives I have highlighted would prevent me from buying this model again.

  • 220d 2.2 Sport (SR+Multimedia) 4dr

    Jose Tavares Date: 26/02/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Luxury at its best. Gear ratio made for the Autobahn, the 6th. gear is cannot be used below 140Km/h. My phone work very well (PalmTreo)with the car. I have installed the ipod toyota gadget and it works fine. I woul like a Luxury with the Sports gear ratio.

  • 220d 2.2 4dr

    Phil Hurst , Leicestershire . Date: 11/02/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 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
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      32

    My car

    I had my IS220d for eight months finally trading it in to go back to a Volvo. In that time it lost over £5k in value. Not good! The service from the dealership was the worst I have ever experienced. Great before they got my money, but woeful afterwards. Issues with initial presentation to me, found property in the car after getting it back from them and being fobbed off with complaints. The MPG was average at best and the cabin & boot space proved to be too much of a compromise for me. 1st gear is dangerous when pulling into fast flowing traffic and 6th gear is useless unless you're well over the national limit. All the gadgets can be got on the ooposition now and usually at no additional cost so Lexus doesn't win any battles there. Lexus GB don't police their dealerships enough to put the cowboys back on their toes. The IS220d feels like a top of the range Toyota rather than a baby Lexus. The IS250 Auto is a much better car and more like a Lexus. However, I won't be going back.

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