The LS is supremely quiet, with a stable high-speed ride. It's fast, comfortable, and generous on both luxury and safety kit.
It's seriously expensive to buy, fuel consumption is high, it's uninspiring to drive and, for a car costing this much, the cabin doesn't feel special enough.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
There are two engine options in the LS range: the 382bhp V8 LS460, and the 439bhp petrol-electric hybrid 600h L. So far we've only driven the LS460. It's an effortless performer and the eight-speed automatic transmission changes gear quickly and seamlessly. However, both LS models are slow in comparison with similarly potent rivals and the range is missing a more frugal, lower-powered option to compete with the big-selling diesel competitors.
Ride & Handling
All LS models come with air suspension, but we’ve only driven it in lowered F Sport form. It rides well at high speed, but the low-speed ride is unsettled over broken surfaces and potholes. The handling is well controlled and predictable in all of the suspension’s various settings (Comfort, Sport and Sport +), but push it too far and the Lexus feels its size. Numb steering means the driver also feels slightly detached from the action.
At low revs, the LS460 is remarkably quiet, emitting just a muted hum. The engine is smooth and refined at higher speeds, too, and only full throttle bursts make it growl. Wind and road noise are also well isolated, so the car is impressively hushed at motorway speeds.