The Lexus IS is stylish and beautifully put together, but it struggles to compete with its more conventional executive car rivalsread the full model review
One step up from base trim is our preferred specification. There’s heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, sat-nav, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and automatic high beam headlights. As part of the Safety Plus system you also get impact anticipation, lane keep assist and a sway warning system. The Executive Edition’s relatively small 17in alloys also help to keep fuel economy reasonable.
Drive in a relaxed manner around town and the hybrid drivetrain provides enough electric power for smooth progress, and it’s sufficiently punchy to nip out into fast-flowing traffic. It’s more compromised on the open road, however, because whenever you ask for a burst of pace, the CVT automatic gearbox pauses before sending the revs sky-rocketing. Not as economical as diesel rivals but cheaper than most for benefit in kind payments.