Used Lexus IS Saloon 1999 - 2005 review

Category: Executive car

Section: What is it like?

1999 - 2005 review
Used Lexus IS Saloon 1999 - 2005
  • Used Lexus IS Saloon 1999 - 2005
  • Used Lexus IS Saloon 1999 - 2005
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What's the used Lexus IS saloon like?

As far as value goes, the IS is the best way of owning a Lexus. But, don't think you're short-changing yourself by going for the company's cheapest model.

Like its bigger, more expensive brothers, the IS has a reputation for being utterly dependable, and is capable of racking up huge mileages without major repairs. Lexus dealers are known to work hard to keep customers happy - What Car? hears plenty of praise and scarcely a complaint.

The IS a fine car, too. It grips and steers well, although a little more feedback through the controls wouldn't go amiss, and the S and SE ride stiffly, while Sport models can be harsh.

The cabin looks good, the equipment levels easily beat those of rivals, and everything looks and feels well screwed together. There are some nice details, too, like the instruments that resemble an outsize designer watch and lift the looks of a dash that's plasticky to the touch.

There are no complaints about comfort up front, but space in the back is tight for adults, particularly when three sit abreast, and the boot isn't that big.