Which used Lexus IS saloon should I buy?
Best to ignore the IS200t models and step up to the IS300h for its improved power and economy. Drive in a relaxed manner around town and the hybrid drivetrain provides enough electric power for smooth progress and is 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.
SE trim gives you a reasonable amount of kit, including DAB radio, Bluetooth, climate control, cruise control and LED headlights. Stability control, eight airbags and a bonnet that pops up if you collide with a pedestrian to help cushion the impact also come as standard.
One step up from the entry-level trim is our preferred Executive specification. There’s heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, sat-nav, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and automatic high beam headlights.
Sport trim benefits from a number of sporty exterior touches, including a black front grille, mirror covers, wheels and lower rear bumper. As the name suggests, you get lots of luxuries with Luxury trim, including front and rear parking sensors, high-quality metal trim and the option of an upgraded infotainment package.
Building on the Luxury edition’s equipment list (although you miss out on leather seats), there are sporty exterior and interior touches on F Sport trim, plus 18in alloys and more supportive side bolstering in the front seats.
The most expensive trim 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.
Our favourite Lexus IS IS300h Executive