Lexus LC Convertible review

Category: Sports car

Section: Interior

Lexus LC 500 Convertible 2020 dashboard
  • Lexus LC 500 Convertible 2020
  • Lexus LC 500 Convertible 2020
  • Lexus LC 500 Convertible 2020 dashboard
  • Lexus LC 500 Convertible 2020
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  • Lexus LC 500 Convertible 2020
  • Lexus LC 500 Convertible 2020
  • Lexus LC 500 Convertible 2020
  • Lexus LC 500 Convertible 2020
  • Lexus LC 500 Convertible 2020 dashboard
  • Lexus LC 500 Convertible 2020
  • Lexus LC 500 Convertible 2020
  • Lexus LC 500 Convertible 2020
  • Lexus LC 500 Convertible 2020 dashboard
  • Lexus LC 500 Convertible 2020
  • Lexus LC 500 Convertible 2020 infotainment
  • Lexus LC 500 Convertible 2020
  • Lexus LC 500 Convertible 2020
  • Lexus LC 500 Convertible 2020
  • Lexus LC 500 Convertible 2020
  • Lexus LC 500 Convertible 2020 dashboard
  • Lexus LC 500 Convertible 2020
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Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

When you get into the Lexus LC Convertible, you drop down low into an electrically adjustable driver’s seat that scoops you like a sculpted baseball glove. It supports you through fast corners and during prolonged stretches of motorway driving. The only issue is a minor one: the lumbar adjustment pushes into the small of your back with all the subtlety of a club hammer. 

Because you sit quite low and have a small rear screen and blindspot-inducing drop-top roof, this isn't the easiest car to see out of. But that’s true of all its convertible rivals, and the LC comes with front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera to help you out with such everyday antics. The LED headlights are very bright, too, although the automatic main beam assistance on the car we tried seemed intent on blinding other motorists, so we had to switch it to manual. 

Firstly, there’s the touch controller, which should operate along the lines of the trackpad on your laptop, except that (a) you don’t tend to operate that at 70mph on the M1, and (b) the one on your laptop probably works, right? 

The LC’s doesn’t. It's almost impossible to direct to where you want without overshooting to the next icon, so, while we always say that touchscreens are distracting to use while driving, compared with this, the screen in the Porsche 911 Cabriolet is a breeze. The system in the BMW 8 Series Convertible – with its simple, predictable rotary controller and shortcut buttons – is by far the best in the class, though.

The LC’s infotainment menus are also quite confusing, but the software is generally responsive and you have lots of features, including a high-quality 10.3in screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone mirroring, built-in sat-nav and a 12-speaker stereo. But hi-fi buffs should tick the option for the Mark Levinson 17-speaker audio system, which, relatively speaking, isn't that expensive and sounds bloomin’ marvellous. 

Now, let’s talk about the interior, which is also fabulous. It looks sensational, with a modern, eye-catching design that involves lots of different finishes that could look fussy but don’t.

The LC Convertible has a plushness that the 8 Series, with its direct bloodline to a 3 Series’ interior, doesn’t quite pull off, and it’s just as beautifully built. It even makes the Aston Martin DB11 interior feel a bit, well, budget, even though the DB11 costs an awful lot more. The Bentley Continental GT Convertible costs a lot more too, but that car’s interior is even more exquisite.

Lexus LC 500 Convertible 2020 dashboard
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