The latest Lexus IS has an updated version of its predecessor's chassis. Lexus have made such developments so that it is now more firm and also uses 20 % firmer suspension with revised geometry. Due to this redesign, the IS has excellent stability in the corners, copious amounts of grip and very little body roll. Moreover, well-weighted steering and sturdy brakes rouse assurance. There’s an additional 70mm in the wheelbase, 50mm of which is dedicated to the comfort of rear passengers. The boot capacity is 480-litres, and rear folding seats offer plenty of extra space for larger items. The IS achieved a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating. This was helped by the fact that every IS comes with stability control, eight airbags and a bonnet that pops up if you collide with a pedestrian to soften the impact. Even entry-level SE cars come with dual-zone climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth and a digital radio, plus its smaller alloy wheels means that CO2 emissions will be even lower. Furthermore, Lexus have developed a new parking navigation system. The device makes finding a car park much less challenging, it also displays price information so that you can avoid extortionate prices. The IS is Powered by a 2.5-litre, 178bhp four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a 141bhp rear-mounted electric motor, it has a maximum ‘system output’ of 220bhp. CO2 emissions are as little as 99g/km and the hybrid's claimed combined economy figure of 65.7mpg.
Aside from the fact that the IS saloon looks stunning it is also cheap to run and quite low in price considering the amount of kit it comes with. Lease the Lexus IS saloon if you have a rich taste, want the finer things in life but are economically friendly as the Lexus IS ticks all the right boxes and comes as a stern competitor to the BMW 3-Series crowd.
To conclude, the Lexus IS saloon is an alternative to the norm of the 3-Series or E-Class and ruffles a few feathers with established hybrid engines and aggressive good looks. Have a look around the Lexus IS car leasing hub today for the latest images, reviews and videos.