The LS is expensive to buy – particularly the extortionately expensive hybrid - but it has residual values that match most of its luxury car rivals. Running costs for a car of this type are reasonable, but fuel consumption and emissions for both the hybrid and non-hybrid models are higher than their competitors with diesel engines, and this makes them expensive to fuel and to tax.
Lexus LS quality & reliability
As you would expect, the LS is very solidly built, but some of the plastics in the cabin don’t look or feel particularly special. Still, all the controls work smoothly and inspire confidence, and Lexus’ reliability record is the envy of the motor industry. The brand regularly tops the JD Power customer satisfaction survey.
Lexus LS safety & security
The LS has yet to be crash-tested by Euro NCAP, but it comes with a huge range of safety kit. There’s an advanced pre-crash safety system, along with collision-avoidance assist. This helps the driver avoid an accident, or minimise impact with other vehicles or pedestrians. It operates across a wide speed range, in daylight or darkness. Lane-keep assist is included in the standard specification, and the LS600 comes with a blind-spot-monitor system.