Space & practicality

Lexus ES review

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Lexus ES
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7 Jun 2018 11:00 | Last updated: 14 Sep 2018 14:26

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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

The ES is a fairly roomy saloon that can comfortably transport four adults, and it has a surprisingly wide boot (although, in terms of total volume, it is actually a good 15% smaller than the class standard).

The roofline curves towards the rear and reduces head room, so taller adults in the back will find they have plenty of room for feet and knees but considerably less for scalps.

Inside, there are a couple of average-sized cupholders in the centre console, an armrest cubby and a glovebox that are both average in size, as well as a pair of usable door pockets just about big enough for drinks bottles or travel cups.

But the biggest obstacle to practicality is the structural reinforcement put in place by Lexus to strengthen the ES’s underbody and sharpen its handling. If you fold down the car’s back seats, instead of finding an empty space through which you could load long, awkward items, you’d find two metal braces – one ring-shaped and the other V-shaped – filling the void between the interior and the boot. Suffice to say, this isn’t the ideal car for flatpack furniture forays or trips to the tip. Given that most saloons in this class don’t have this restriction, that’s a problem for the ES.

 

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There are 12 trims available for the ES saloon. Click to see details.See all versions
Executive Edition
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Sport
Sport trim benefits from a number of sporty exterior touches, including a black front grille, mirror covers, wheels and lower rear bumper. Mechanically the car remains the same as the base SE...View trim
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Advance
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F-Sport
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ES
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Premier
The most expensive trim choice is Premier, which supplements the Luxury edition’s kit list with five-spoke 18in alloys, premium navigation, a larger 10.3in central display, DVD player, 15-Speaker M...View trim
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Takumi
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LS
This entry-level trim only comes with rear-wheel drive and on standard suspension (air suspension is not even an option). However, you still get plenty of kit for your money, including dual-zone cl...View trim
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Luxury
Spend a little more and you get air suspension, four-zone climate control, semi-aniline leather upholstery, even more adjustment for the front seats, heating, ventilation and electric adjustment fo...View trim
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F-Sport
Over the entry-level model, you get sportier bodystyling, variable ratio steering, rear-wheel steering, sports seats, hands-free boot closing and a 23-speaker Mark Levinson stereo. We’d take some o...View trim
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Premier
Top-spec models come only with four-wheel drive and it’s the only trim that has the option of cut-glass and pleated interior trim. Over Luxury, you get a more advanced safety system with semi-auton...View trim
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