What Car? says...
Those in the market for a luxury car that combines the environmental and tax advantages of a hybrid without the faff of plugging it in, have long been served by Lexus. Cast an eye over their current range and you’ll find almost everything they build is helped along by a battery pack and electric motor, and the Lexus ES is no different.
Although this is the first ES to be available in the UK, this is actually the seventh generation of a car that was introduced way back in 1989, primarily for America. Under the bonnet is a 2.5-litre petrol engine that’s augmented by a couple of electric motors fed by a battery pack under the rear seats. The result is official CO2 emissions that are more in line with a small hatchback than a big luxury saloon.