Lexus LC review

Category: Sports car

Section: Costs & verdict

Available fuel types:petrol, hybrid
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RRP £80,100What Car? Target Price from£78,933

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The LC 500 V8 and LC 500h hybrid are priced almost identically. Sport Pack and Sport Plus Pack trims, of course, hike the price up, but not by a ludicrous amount. Still, we’d stick with the standard car to maximise value for money, and the car is well equipped whichever trim you go for. Even if you opt for a fully loaded LC 500 it’s cheaper than the majority of its equivalently-specced rivals, including the BMW 8 Series, Jaguar F-Type and Porsche 911..

Lexus has an impeccable record in reliability, ownership and dealership surveys, suggesting that top-notch customer service and trouble-free motoring should be realistic expectations. While the LC did not feature in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey, Lexus as a brand was ranked top out of 32 manufacturers.

As for running costs, while the V8 emits far more CO2 than the hybrid, both cars still in the top benefit-in-kind tax bracket. So those hoping that the hybrid will be a cheap company car will be disappointed.

Similarly, if you’re hoping the hybrid 500h will save you a fortune in fuel bills – the difference isn’t hugely substantial in real-world driving. Official figures claim that the 500 will achieve 24.3mpg, while the 500h will manage 34.8mpg.

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Overview

The Lexus LC has stunning looks inside and out, with an exquisitely built interior. Of the two versions available, the LC 500 V8 is the obvious pick, thanks to its thunderous engine and more agile handling. The hybrid LC 500h doesn’t offer enough of a financial incentive to make it the pick of the range, and doesn’t offer as much driving excitement, either. Overall, though, the LC doesn’t have the satisfying crispness of handling on offer from the best sports cars, nor the beautifully cosseting ride of the best grand tourers.

  • V8’s Entertaining performance and sound
  • Beautifully finished interior
  • Lexus’ brilliant reliability record
  • Low-speed ride unsettled
  • Terrible infotainment system
  • Limited rear-seat space

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