Lexus ES review

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Lexus ES
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7 Jun 2018 11:00 | Last updated: 14 Sep 2018 14:26

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When Lexus introduces the ES saloon to the UK market early in 2019, it’ll represent an interesting change of direction for the Japanese brand. For more than two decades, Toyota’s premium brand has been selling the GS rear-wheel-drive sports saloon in the UK as an alternative to the BMW 5 Series and, latterly, the Jaguar XF; now, it is electing to offer us Brits the similarly sized front-wheel-drive ES instead.

Shifts in strategy as notable as this don’t come along very often and are usually evidence that a manufacturer is getting serious about improving its fortunes. You could certainly say that about Lexus, whose European sales may have doubled over the past five years but which is still a long way from rivalling the German competition on this continent.

Sharing a platform with another Japanese saloon that few Brits will know, the Toyota Camry, the ES should be slightly cheaper than the GS when it comes to the UK. Like some other Lexus models, it’ll be available with only a petrol-electric hybrid engine, and should have the low CO2 emissions, high equipment levels and strong value proposition to make it a much more appealing company car than the GS.

Read on over the next few pages to find out what the ES is like to drive and how it feels inside.

 

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There are 12 trims available for the ES saloon. Click to see details.See all versions
Executive Edition
One step up from base trim is our preferred specification. There’s heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, sat-nav, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and automatic high beam...View trim
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Sport
Sport trim benefits from a number of sporty exterior touches, including a black front grille, mirror covers, wheels and lower rear bumper. Mechanically the car remains the same as the base SE...View trim
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Advance
Advance brings the welcome addition of leather upholstery, 8 way adjustable heated and cooled front seats and increased lumbar support...View trim
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F-Sport
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ES
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Premier
The most expensive trim choice is Premier, which supplements the Luxury edition’s kit list with five-spoke 18in alloys, premium navigation, a larger 10.3in central display, DVD player, 15-Speaker M...View trim
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F-Sport
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Takumi
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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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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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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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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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