Used Lexus IS Saloon 2005 - 2013 review

Category: Executive car

Section: What is it like?

2005 - 2013 review
Lexus IS Saloon (05 - 13)
  • Lexus IS Saloon (05 - 13)
  • Lexus IS Saloon (05 - 13)
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What's the used Lexus IS saloon like?

Lexus listened to criticisms of the previous IS and set out to address them in this model. And, for the most part, it has been successful: this is a great-looking car with much stronger engines than before. The 2.5-litre V6 has performance on a par with swifter models in the BMW 3-Series range, while the quiet 2.2 turbodiesel has plenty of go, too.

However, the IS is still let down by steering that has neither the feel nor the accuracy of the 3 Series'. True enough, the IS grips well through corners, but its over-firm ride can't find a comfortable balance in town or on the motorway.

On the oter hand, the cabin is a fine place to be, with loads of standard equipment and safety kit. We think the dash is a little fussy and space in the back could be more generous, but there's no doubting the build quality.