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
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 Mark Levinson sound system, electrically adjustable steering column, auto-folding, auto-dimming, heated door mirrors with puddle lights, and laser-cut dark wood inlay.
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.