Deal of the day: Lexus IS Hybrid
* Save more than £3500 on hybrid Lexus IS300h * Silent running electric motor is great around town * Good standard kit even on base SE model...
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The car: Lexus IS300h SE
The saving: £3666
The discounted price: £25,829
The broker: drivethedeal.com
In our True MPG tests the Lexus IS300h was rated as the most efficient executive car we've tested, thanks to the hybrid system that permits electric operation around town.
The Lexus is supremely quiet when wafting around on electric power and generally stays like that, only becoming less refined as you approach motorway speeds. The ride is equally well judged as long as you steer clear of the larger alloy wheels.
The Lexus emits less than 100g/km of CO2, making it extremely tax-efficient for both private and company car buyers. It’s so efficient that it sits several tax bands lower than all its conventionally powered rivals.
Both Lexus and the IS have an enviable reputation for reliability that eclipses that of BMW and Audi. Hybrid components are covered by an extended five-year/60,000 mile warranty.
The nature of hybrid motoring won’t fit all drivers’ requirements. Those who regularly spend their time on the motorway won’t be best served by the Lexus, because its diesel rivals will be better suited to high speeds.
When you do accelerate briskly the petrol engine and CVT gearbox hold the engine in its power band. This gives reasonable acceleration but at the cost of making lots of noise. The 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol doesn’t sound especially nice, either.
The infotainment system isn’t the worst in the industry, but its menu layout isn’t as clear as those in BMWs or Audis. Lexus has gone with a 'mouse' you push around, rather than a rotary dial. It’s fairly simple to use but not as idiot-proof as rivals'.
It’s not quite as spacious inside as a BMW 3 Series, with rear headroom limited by its swoopy roofline. The transmission tunnel also eats into legroom for the central rear-seat passenger. The boot is slightly smaller than rivals’ because of the hybrid components.
Should I add any options?
Even entry-level SE models get dual-zone climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth and a DAB radio.
Options such as sat-nav and a full leather interior are available. As mentioned, avoid larger wheels because they increase the car’s CO2 emissions and tax band.
Head to drivethedeal.com and select 'Lexus' and 'IS' from the drop-down menus to see the range of deals available.
An additional £1000 can be deducted from the price if you elect to take Lexus finance.