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Lexus LS review

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8 Feb 2018 15:37 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 14:04

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Cost & 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.

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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
There are 4 trims available for the LS saloon. Click to see details.See all versions
LS
This entry-level trim only comes with rear-wheel drive and on standard suspension (air suspension is not even an option). However, you still get plenty of kit for your money, including dual-zone cl...View trim
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F-Sport
Over the entry-level model, you get sportier bodystyling, variable ratio steering, rear-wheel steering, sports seats, hands-free boot closing and a 23-speaker Mark Levinson stereo. We’d take some o...View trim
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Luxury
Spend a little more and you get air suspension, four-zone climate control, semi-aniline leather upholstery, even more adjustment for the front seats, heating, ventilation and electric adjustment fo...View trim
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Premier
Top-spec models come only with four-wheel drive and it’s the only trim that has the option of cut-glass and pleated interior trim. Over Luxury, you get a more advanced safety system with semi-auton...View trim
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