Lexus IS | 300h 4dr CVT Auto [Sport Pack]

LEXUS IS 300h 4dr CVT Auto [Sport Pack]

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Deal Summary

Initial Rental (Personal)

£3,227.80 inc VAT

Initial Rental (Business)

£2,598.93 ex VAT

Contract Length

48 Months

Maintenance

No

Processing fee

£199.99 ex VAT

Key Information

Sat Nav
Sat Nav
Leather Seats
Leather Seats
Front Heated Seats
Front Heated Seats
Alloy Wheels
18" Alloy Wheels
Bluetooth
Bluetooth
Climate Control
Climate Control

Standard Options

BODY GLASS
  • Electric front/rear windows
  • Rain sensing wipers
BRAKES
  • ABS EBD Brake assist
  • Electronically controlled braking
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Traction control
CARPETS/RUGS
  • Textile carpet mats
CHASSIS/SUSPENSION
  • VDIM
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
COMMUNICATION
  • Bluetooth telephone connectivity
DRIVER AIDS
  • 4 driving modes EV/Eco/Normal/Sport
  • 4 x front and 4 x rear parking sensors
  • Lane change flasher function
  • Lexus safety systems adaptive cruise control, pre crash safety, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, sway warning system, auto high beam
  • Speed sensitive power steering
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • Push button starter
DRIVER INFORMATION
  • Analogue clock
  • Lexus navigation system
  • Trip computer
DRIVING MIRRORS
  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Black mirror caps
  • Heated and electrically folding outside mirrors with turn indicators and puddle light
EMBELLISHMENT TRIMS
  • Gloss black inlay
ENTERTAINMENT
  • Aux-in socket
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Lexus media display with 6 speakers, 7" display screen, CD and rotary dial controller
  • Radio/CD
  • USB socket
EXTERIOR BODY FEATURES
  • Black rear bumpers
  • Black scuff plates
  • Black spindle front grille
  • Body adhesive, laser screw welding and laser brazed roof structure
  • Pop up hood
  • Solid paint
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Headlight washers
  • LED brake lights and rear lights with emergency brake signal
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED Headlights
  • Rear fog lights
HEATING/COOLING/VENTILATION
  • Dual zone climate control air conditioning system with S flow and electrostatic temperature control switch
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 2 cup holders in the centre console
  • 2 x coat hooks in the rear
  • 3 spoke leather steering wheel with paddle shift
  • 4 x tie down hooks in the boot
  • Active sound control
  • Card holder installed in driver and passengers sun visors
  • Fabric/Tahara leather upholstery
  • Front centre armrest with storage
  • Front door pockets with bottle holders
  • Leather gear lever
  • Manual adjustable steering column with lock protect
  • Rear armrest with 2 cup holders and storage
  • Soft console knee pads
INTERIOR LIGHTS
  • LED interior illumination
PACKS
  • Sport pack - IS
SAFETY
  • 3 point rear seatbelts
  • Active bonnet
  • Driver and front passenger 2 stage airbag
  • Driver and passenger side airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Passenger knee airbag
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
SEATS
  • 2 map pockets in the rear
  • 6 way manually adjustable front seats
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat with lock
  • Front headrests
  • Heated front seats
  • Isofix standard child seat restraint mounting
  • Rear headrests
SECURITY
  • Immobiliser
  • Intrusion sensor and alarm
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Two motion door lock with double lock
  • VIN Window etching
VANITY MIRRORS
  • 2 x sun visors with vanity mirror and lamp
WHEELS - ALLOY
  • 18" Black Alloy Wheels
WHEELS - SPARE
  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Options

EMISSIONS - ICE
  • CO2: 109
  • HC: 28E
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Noise Level dB(A): 68
  • NOx: 0.009
  • Particles: 0.0001
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
ENGINE AND DRIVE TRAIN
  • Bore: 90
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 2494
  • Compression Ratio: 13.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Engine Codes: 2AR-FSE
  • Fuel Type: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Stroke: 98
  • Valve gear: DOHC
FUEL CONSUMPTION - ICE
  • EC: True
  • EC Combined: 61.4
  • EC Extra Urban: 65.7
  • EC Urban: 56.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 5.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 7.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 6.2
GENERAL
  • Any aspect of the vehicles safety cause concern?: Data Not Available
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: h
  • Coin Series: Sport Pack
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 66
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 5
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 223
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 2.5
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: M1
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 91
  • Special Edition: Data Not Available
  • Special Order: Data Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • This vehicle is classed as a car for VED purposes: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: 80
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 85
PERFORMANCE
  • 0 to 60: Data Not Available
  • 0 to 62: 8.4
  • BHP: 223
  • Engine Power KW: 164
  • Engine Power RPM: 6000
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT: 163
  • Engine Torque MKG: 22.5
  • Engine Torque NM: 221
  • Engine Torque RPM: 4200
  • PS: True
  • Top Speed: 125
TYRES
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: Data Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/45R17
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/45R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
VEHICLE DIMENSIONS
  • Height: 1430
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4680
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.4
  • Wheelbase: 2800
  • Width (excluding mirrors): 1810
  • Width (including mirrors): 2027
WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES
  • Boot Capacity Saloons: 450
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 66
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2145
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1620
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Payload: 525

Reviews

Lexus Is L-FINESSED (74/100)

The third generation Lexus IS has its own take on compact executive saloon motoring. You might like it. Jonathan Crouch drives one.

Ten Second Review

The Lexus IS has a simple mission. It needs to be a car that you'd enjoy owning more than a Mercedes C Class, an Audi A4 or a BMW 3 series, the three leading choices in the compact executive saloon segment. Lexus used to simply try and copy these class leaders but with this third generation IS, they've been a bit cleverer, primarily through the offering of petrol/electric hybrid power rather than the kind of 2.0-litre diesel engine business buyers will be used to. It's a refreshing approach for people in search of something just that little bit different and its been lightly embellished with the introduction of this revised MK3 model.

Background

Here's an interesting car, the Lexus IS. For many potential buyers, its main appeal lies not in what it is but in what it isn't. Namely a BMW, an Audi or a Mercedes, these being the three Teutonic heavyweight brands who dominate the compact executive saloon sector in which this Japanese contender competes. As a result, our company carparks are overflowing with 3 Series, A4 and C-Class models, with the cars in question nearly all powered by clattery diesel engines and mainly driven via the kind of over-firm sporty set-ups that the magazines insist buyers should have. If though, you're fed with these predictable choices and want something that reinterprets what a car of this kind should be, then this, I'd suggest, is where you need to start your search. Almost everything about this IS is different from the norm in its chosen segment. The styling, the single saloon bodystyle, absence of manual transmission and, perhaps most notably, the fact that no, you can't have a diesel. Here instead, you get a unique four-door look, an auto gearbox and an overwhelming emphasis on petrol/electric hybrid power with its sensible running costs and limo-like silent start-up. The result should be a car to change your mind: about hybrid power, German brand domination - and Lexus itself. Let's try it.

Driving Experience

Lexus has made small changes to both the steering and the suspension of this improved model in an attempt to create a more dynamic feel. Under the bonnet, the brand will offer you a pair of engines. The more conventional of the two is found in an IS 200t model powered by a 2.0-litre four cylinder turbo unit developing 245bhp and driving the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. It's a pleasant enough thing, with decent refinement and crisp acceleration that'll see you to 62mph in 7.0s en route to 143mph - but you'll almost never see one. These days, few people buy thirsty petrol engines in cars like this. The variant that attracts all the interest in the IS line-up is the model nearly all customers go for, the 2.5-litre IS 300h petrol/electric hybrid. Unlike the brand's slightly smaller CT 200h hybrid model, it's more than a smartened up Toyota Prius, instead based on a proper large Lexus, the BMW 5 Series-sized GS 300h. True, the 2.5-litre engine used may only offer four cylinders, but it does develop 178bhp, with a further slug of power contributed by an electric motor, resulting in a combined 223bhp output. That's enough to easily match the performance of the rival 2.0-litre diesel models at which this car is aimed, 0-62mph occupying 8.3s on the way to 124mph. You access that performance via a thrashy, rubber belt-driven CVT auto gearbox which doesn't help this car's sports saloon aspirations. On the plus side, the handling changes make the car feel sharper than before into corners, the steering's much better and you get a 'Drive Mode Select' system that allows you to tweak engine output, throttle response, gearshift times and even the air conditioning to suit four different driving modes. Plus there's an electric-only EV setting on the hybrid so that you can trickle along on battery power for short distances.

Design and Build

Changes to this improved third generation IS are subtle but significant. Buyers get restyled headlamps, larger and deeper air intakes integrated in the bumper and a further evolution of the signature Lexus spindle grille. In profile, the character line along the side of the car has been made stronger and at the rear, chrome detailing has been added to the lower bumper panel. The rear lights have also been redesigned, with LED lamps and smarter light guides that create an L-shape motif. Inside, the high-resolution multi-information screen that accompanies the Lexus Premium Navigation system has been increased from seven to 10.25 inches, presenting larger, clearer images and providing a split-screen function so that different information displays can be presented at the same time. Changes have also been made to the steering wheel (matching the design of that in the Lexus RC coupe) and the driver and front passenger knee pads now run the full length of the centre console. There are also new cupholders, a satin finish for the gear lever, a larger, leather-wrapped and stitched palm rest for the Remote Touch Interface control, and classier dial markings on the analogue clock. Otherwise, things are much as they were before, which means a classy cabin with best-in-class standards of kneeroom at the back. And the boot? Well the batteries that must be housed beneath its floor in the hybrid IS 300h model rob you of 30-litres of space, but that still leaves a class-competitive 450-litres of room on offer. And, as long as you avoid entry-level trim, there's a 60/40 split-folding rear seat for those times when you want to avoid the home delivery charge after a trip to IKEA.

Market and Model

As before, there's a single saloon bodystyle on offer and prices start at around £30,000. That gets you base 'SE' trim. There are also 'Executive Edition', 'Sport', 'Advance', 'Luxury', 'F Sport' and 'Premier' trim options - plenty of choice then. The IS 200t conventional petrol turbo variant is only offered in the plusher 'Premier' and 'F Sport' guises, with prices consequently starting at around £38,000. Avoid entry level trim and you're guaranteed to get the 'Lexus Safety System+' portfolio of advanced safety systems as standard. Its features make use of camera and radar sensors to support the driver with improved information, better forward vision and prompt warnings of hazards and collision risks. Plus there's an added layer of protection in the form of autonomous braking for emergency situations. The IS benefits from a Pre-Crash Safety system with pre-crash brake assist and pre-crash braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic High Beam, Lane Departure Alert and Traffic Sign Recognition. There's also a 'Sway Warning' system. This monitors the vehicle's lane position and driver steering inputs, detecting any sway (deviations) that might be due to the driver losing concentration through tiredness or distraction. In such circumstances, the set-up will sound a buzzer and trigger a warning light in the multi-information display.

Cost of Ownership

Two engines are on offer to IS buyers. Both deliver similar outputs but one costs much more to run as the other. No prizes then, for guessing which unit will mop up the most sales. It won't be the 2.0-litre petrol turbo you'll find in the IS 200t. This engine may be smooth and much more efficient than the old IS 250 variant 2.5-litre V6 but its figures - 39.2mpg on the combined cycle and 167g/km of CO2 - still struggle in the modern era. And get worse than that if you choose an upper-spec variant with bigger wheels. On to consider the running costs of the petrol/electric IS 300h hybrid most will want - which make very impressive reading indeed, even against the best of this car's 2.0-litre diesel-powered compact executive saloon rivals. The 97g/km CO2 return means a reduction in benefit-in-kind company car tax to just 11%, plus this car won't suffer from the 3% Benefit-in-Kind surcharge that's applied to all diesels. Independent experts KwikCarCost reckon that a 40% tax payer who opts for an IS 300h will save around £907 a year in tax over the cost of running a comparable Mercedes C220 diesel. As for fuel consumption, the official figures suggest that the IS 300h is capable of 67.3mpg on the combined cycle, which is pretty close to what you'd get in a rival diesel Audi A4 or Mercedes C-Class, while running on cheaper fuel. It'll also help that Lexus residuals are amongst the strongest in the sector: independent specialists CAP reckon that after 3 years and/or 60,000 miles, this IS 300h should still be worth around 37% of what you originally paid for it. Its insurance groupings range between 32 and 34.

Summary

If you thought that Lexus was the company that tried to copy the Germans and always turned up a day late and a dollar short, you need to try this car. It looks right, it feels good and it makes eminent sense on the balance sheet. Or at least the hybrid version does. Though the conventional IS200t is a likeable car, it isn't efficient enough to attract the business buyers Lexus needs. People who really ought to be considering this hybrid IS 300h. Lexus didn't do diesel that well but it's hard to argue with the fact that it does hybrid brilliantly with a car that many will feel makes its German rivals look old, noisy and dirty. True, the vague response from the thrashy CVT auto gearbox undermines the driving experience somewhat but if you can live with that, there's plenty else to like. Affordable running costs and plenty of equipment for example, plus recent tax law changes mean that the pendulum is swinging back towards petrol power once again. Add in the arresting looks and a dealer network routinely steeped in praise by every survey going and I think there's room for this Japanese brand to be optimistic about its prospects with this car. It's the best small Lexus yet made. And that makes it a very desirable thing indeed.

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