Lexus GS review

Category: Luxury car

Section: Costs & verdict

Lexus GS
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  • Lexus GS
  • Lexus GS
  • Lexus GS
  • Lexus GS
  • Lexus GS
  • Lexus GS
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  • Lexus GS

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

We like the generous equipment on the entry-level GS 300h Executive Edition, and the BMW 520d SE auto that costs about the same money would need around £2500 of options added to match the Lexus’s kit list. But the BMW offers better fuel economy, is much swifter and more engaging to drive, and avoids the high-revving annoyance of the Lexus’s CVT gearbox. The options missing from the BMW aren’t exactly must-haves, either - it’s the likes of electric lumbar support, reversing camera, adaptive cruise control and lane departure alert.

There’s a caveat for company car drivers, however: while the BMW’s benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax rating is a respectable 19%, the Lexus is even better at just 15%. The GS 450h is only on par with the equally rapid BMW 530d for BIK. It’s the Lexus that wins better customer satisfaction scores than the BMW, though.

Overview

The Lexus GS is too cramped, expensive and unsettled for its target audience

  • Quiet hybrid drive in town
  • Comfortable ride
  • Low company car tax in cheapest version
  • GS 450h isn’t especially economical
  • CVT gearbox can bring lots of engine noise
  • Small, inflexible boot in hybrids