Lexus LS

Lexus LS review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£74,760
What Car? Target Price£72,363
Review continues below...

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

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 luxurious 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 trim is our favourite, though, because you get a Mark Levinson stereo, four-zone climate control and heating, cooling and electrical adjustment for the rear seats for not a lot of extra cash. F Sport is the same price, but you miss out on a few luxuries to get sporty stuff that we’d forego on a car like this. As for Premier, it does have all the toys but it is pricey.

In terms of running costs, we’d advise going for rear-wheel-drive versions if you can. Not only are they a 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 because they get adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and lane-keep assist. Premier models add front cross-traffic alert and active steering assist for semi-autonomous driving.

For all the latest reviews, advice and new car deals, sign up to the What Car? newsletter here

 

Lexus LS
open the gallery16 Images

Verdict

Well equipped and distinctive but too flawed in key areas to recommend

  • High-quality interior
  • Well equipped
  • Reasonable CO2 emissions
  • Engine coarse when revved
  • Lumpy ride
  • Fiddly infotainment system