Lexus ES review

Costs & verdict

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Lexus ES 2019 rear left tracking shot
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Running costs are arguably the ES’s strongest suit, especially if you’re a company car driver. The NEDC converted CO2 emissions figure is just 100g/km for the base model, rising to 106g/km for the F Sport, whose big wheels take a toll on efficiency. The icing on the cake is that – being petrol powered – it doesn’t fall foul of the 4% Benefit-in-Kind surcharge that clobbers diesel drivers.

Economy is good, too. Depending on trim and options, the official combined figure is between 53.0 and 59.3mpg while a varied test route saw well over 40mpg easily achieved. Whichever trim you go for, equipment levels are high; even entry-level Standard models get dual-zone climate control, electric seat adjustment, sat nav, a sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, keyless entry plus auto lights and wipers.

Option packs are available, but we’d argue that the Standard has more than enough equipment, including safety gear that includes autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control. Blind spot monitoring and a rear cross traffic alert are on the options list. The ES was awarded the full five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests, and its individual scores proved to be extremely good compared to its key rivals.

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There’s an awful lot to recommend the Lexus ES, because for the most part it’s comfortable, quiet and spacious. What's more, the running costs for company car drivers are far below those of diesel rivals. It's just a pity the engine sounds coarse when you work it hard, and the 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