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What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For The IS is superbly built and well specified, and performs well

Against The steering is dull, the ride is unsettled, and too much road noise can be heard

Verdict A fine car, but spoilt by the unsettled ride and noise

Go for… 250 2.5 SE

Avoid… 250 2.5 Sport

Lexus IS Saloon
  • 1. The cabin is a fine place to be, with loads of standard equipment and safety kit
  • 2. The dash is a little fussy, and space in the back could be more generous, but there‚Äôs no doubting the quality
  • 3. Many ISs will be ex-company cars, so look for signs of abuse such as scuffed interiors and kerbed alloy wheels
  • 4. Room in the back could be a bit more generous for what is a potential family car
  • 5. The 2.5-litre V6 is on a par with swifter BMW 3-Series, while the 2.2 turbodiesel has plenty of go, too
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