Lexus ES review

Category: Luxury car

Section: Costs & verdict

Lexus ES infotainment screen - 68 plate
  • Lexus ES 2022 front right tracking
  • Lexus ES rear - 20 plate
  • Lexus ES dashboard - 68 plate
  • Lexus ES rear seats - 68 plate
  • Lexus ES infotainment screen - 68 plate
  • Lexus ES 2022 right tracking
  • Lexus ES 2022 interior front seats
  • Lexus ES 2022 interior detail
  • Lexus ES 2022 interior detail
  • Lexus ES 2022 interior sunroof
  • Lexus ES 2022 interior detail
  • Lexus ES 2022 interior detail
  • Lexus ES 2022 front right tracking
  • Lexus ES rear - 20 plate
  • Lexus ES dashboard - 68 plate
  • Lexus ES rear seats - 68 plate
  • Lexus ES infotainment screen - 68 plate
  • Lexus ES 2022 right tracking
  • Lexus ES 2022 interior front seats
  • Lexus ES 2022 interior detail
  • Lexus ES 2022 interior detail
  • Lexus ES 2022 interior sunroof
  • Lexus ES 2022 interior detail
  • Lexus ES 2022 interior detail
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Running costs are arguably the Lexus ES’s strongest suit, especially if you pay company car tax. The WLTP CO2 emissions figure is just 119g/km for the base model, rising to 127g/km for the F Sport (the bigger wheels take their toll on efficiency).

The icing on the cake is that – being petrol powered – the ES doesn’t fall foul of the 4% benefit-in-kind (BIK) surcharge that clobbers many diesel drivers. An awful lot of plug-in hybrids, such as the 530e BMW 5 Series and E300e Mercedes E-Class dip below the 50g/km mark, driving down BIK tax costs further, but are more expensive to buy outright. 

Overview

There’s an awful lot to recommend the Lexus ES. For the most part it’s comfortable, quiet and spacious, and the running costs for company car drivers are below those of many diesel rivals. It's just a pity that its engine sounds coarse when you work it hard, and that its infotainment system is a faff to use.

  • Low running costs, especially for company car drivers
  • Excellent rear leg room
  • Surprisingly agile handling
  • Hybrid powertrain can be noisy and frustrating if you’re in a rush
  • Small boot with no folding rear seats
  • Frustrating trackpad controlled infotainment system
New car deals
Save up to £2,824
Target Price from £36,686
Save up to £2,824
or from £367pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Used car deals
From £27,995