Shock horror, the LS isn’t cheap. Even the entry-level version has a price that starts with a seven, while a top-spec Premier model with the fancy cut-glass and pleated trim will cost six figures.
Still, all models get fancy 20in wheels, leather seats that are electrically adjustable up front, an around-view monitor, automatic emergency braking and a big 12.3in infotainment system. Luxury models are worth considering for the Mark Levinson stereo, four-zone climate control and seat heating, cooling and electrical adjustment for the rear pews. F Sport is the same price, but you miss out on a few luxuries for sporty stuff that we’d forego on a luxury car of this size. As for Premier, it’s pricey but it does have all the toys.
In terms of running costs, we’d advise going for rear-wheel-drive versions if you can. Not only are they a little bit more economical, they emit only 147g/km of CO2 rather than the 161g/km of four-wheel-drive models. Even so, it’s worth remembering that a BMW 740e in the right spec emits just 49g/km of CO2.
Although Euro NCAP hasn’t crash tested the LS, all versions should help you avoid a crash as they get adaptive cruise control, automatic braking and lane-keep assist. Premier models add front cross-traffic alert and active steering assist for semi-autonomous driving.
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