Used Lexus IS Saloon 2005 - 2013 review

Category: Executive car

Section: Our recommendations

2005 - 2013 review
Lexus IS Saloon (05 - 13)
  • Lexus IS Saloon (05 - 13)
  • Lexus IS Saloon (05 - 13)
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Our recommendations

Which used Lexus IS saloon should I buy?

Engine-wise, there's a straight choice between the 2.5-litre V6 petrol and the 2.2 turbodiesel. And, our vote goes to the punchy, swift petrol engine, not only for its performance but also for its superb refinement. However, the diesel's by no means bad, one of the most powerful in its segment and returning a fine 44.8mpg combined economy.

You can also find IS models with an automatic gearbox in place of the six-speed manual, but we'd stick with the manual.

Whichever engine you prefer, there are four trim levels, starting with the basic IS. This is anything but basic, though, coming with cruise and climate controls, CD autochanger, and alloy wheels.

Our favourite SE trim ups the size of the alloys and adds electrically adjustable leather seats, while the SE-L goes even further on the electric gadget count. Finally, Sport models have a subtly aggressive body kit and firmer suspension.