Lexus LS | 500h 3.5 [359] 4dr CVT Auto [Premier pack] 2WD


LEXUS LS 500h 3.5 [359] 4dr CVT Auto [Premier pack] 2WD
PersonalLease
£1,073.42Per month inc VAT
BusinessLease
£894.52Per month ex VAT
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Deal Summary

Initial Rental (Personal)

£9,660.82 inc VAT

Initial Rental (Business)

£8,050.68 ex VAT

Contract Length

47 Months

Maintenance

No

Processing fee

£199.99 ex VAT

Key Information

Sat Nav
Sat Nav
Leather Seats
Leather Seats
Sensors
Front/Rear Sensors
Alloy Wheels
20" Alloy Wheels
Bluetooth
Bluetooth
Climate Control
Climate Control

Standard Options

BODY GLASS
  • Acoustic laminated side glass
  • Front electric windows with auto up and down function
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Rear defog timer
  • Sundym side windows and rear screen
  • Water repellent glass in front side windows
  • Windscreen wiper de-icer
BRAKES
  • ABS
  • Brake assist
  • Electronic brake force distribution
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Electronically controlled braking
  • Emergency stop signal system
  • Hill start assist control with hold switch
  • Traction control
CARPETS/RUGS
  • Front and rear textile carpet mats
CHASSIS/SUSPENSION
  • Adaptive variable suspension
  • Air suspension with access mode control
  • Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
COMMUNICATION
  • Bluetooth telephone connectivity
  • Voice control system
DRIVER AIDS
  • 360 degree panoramic view monitor
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Drive mode select switches - snow and EV mode
  • Drive mode selector
  • Electric power steering
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Lane keep assist
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Rear multi operation panel
  • Traffic sign recognition
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • Power boot closing
  • Push button starter
  • Remote fuel cap release
DRIVER INFORMATION
  • Analogue clock with GPS function
  • Blind spot monitor
  • Driver monitoring system
  • Head up Display
  • Premium navigation system
  • Remote touch interface
  • Service interval indicator
  • Trip computer
DRIVING MIRRORS
  • Auto dimming door mirrors
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Black mirror caps
  • Driver's door mirror memory
  • Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
  • Reverse tilting door mirrors
EMBELLISHMENT TRIMS
  • Black and grey shimamoku trim
  • Instrument panel and door trim illumination
ENTERTAINMENT
  • 12.3" colour touch-screen display
  • 23 speaker Mark Levinson sound system with DVD
  • 8" TFT multi information display in instrument panel
  • Auxiliary input socket
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Steering wheel mounted controls
  • USB connection
EXTERIOR BODY FEATURES
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Easy door and boot soft shut closing
  • Electric sunroof
  • Metallic paint
  • Pop up hood
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
  • 3 eye LED headlamps
  • Adaptive front lighting system
  • Adaptive high beam assist
  • Automatic headlamp levelling
  • Cornering light
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlamp cleaning system
  • Headlight washers
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED door illumination
  • LED Indicators
  • LED rear lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • Roof mounted LED brake light
HEATING/COOLING/VENTILATION
  • Clean air filter
  • Climate Concierge - 4 zone climate control
  • Individual driver/passenger temperature controls
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 2 bag hooks in luggage compartment
  • 2 cupholders in front centre console
  • 3 spoke wooden steering wheel
  • 3 x 12V power sockets
  • Active sound control
  • Aluminium scuff plates
  • Coin tray
  • Electric adjustable steering column with memory
  • Electric rear sunshade
  • Front centre armrest with storage
  • Front door pockets
  • Gearshift paddles
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather front centre console
  • Leather gearlever gaiter
  • Rear armrest with storage
  • Rear cupholders
  • Rear electric sunblind
  • Semi-aniline leather upholstery
  • Suede roof lining
  • Sunglasses holder
  • Through load facility
INTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Boot light
  • Door puddle lights
  • Glovebox light
  • Illuminated entry system
  • LED interior illumination
SAFETY
  • 3 rear seatbelts
  • Active front headrests
  • Driver/front passenger side airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Front and rear outer seat belt pre-tensioners
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Front safety belt with retractor
  • Front thorax airbags
  • Passenger knee airbag
  • Pedestrian monitor
  • Pre crash system
  • Rear seat cushion airbags
  • Rear side airbags
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Sway warning system
  • Tyre pressure warning
  • WHIPS whiplash protection system - front
SEATS
  • 18 way electriclly adjustable rear seats
  • 28 way electrically adjustable front seats with memory
  • 4 way electric adjustable lumbar support with memory function
  • Elec front head restraints adj-drivers with mem
  • Electric adjust rear headrests
  • Electric rear lumbar adjustment
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated and ventilated rear seats
  • Isofix child seat preparation
  • Massage function for front seats
  • Variable climate control front and rear seats
SECURITY
  • Anti theft alarm with incline sensor and glass break sensor
  • Automatic door locking
  • Double locking
  • Easy access power system
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Hands free key card
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Security window etching
  • Smart card entry
VANITY MIRRORS
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors and vanity mirrors
WHEELS
  • Run flat tyres
WHEELS - ALLOY
  • 20" Alloy wheels

Technical Options

EMISSIONS - ICE
  • CO: 0.327
  • CO2: 147
  • HC: 47E
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Noise Level dB(A): 68
  • NOx: 0.002
  • Particles: 0.0005
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
ENGINE AND DRIVE TRAIN
  • Bore: 94
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 3456
  • Compression Ratio: 13.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout: V6
  • Cylinders: 6
  • Engine Codes: 8GR-FXS
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Type: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Gears: 10 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Stroke: 83
  • Valve gear: DOHC
FUEL CONSUMPTION - ICE
  • EC: True
  • EC Combined: 44.1
  • EC Extra Urban: 47.2
  • EC Urban: 36.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 10.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 7.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 6.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 7.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 7.8
GENERAL
  • Any aspect of the vehicles safety cause concern?: Data Not Available
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: h
  • Coin Series: N
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 359
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 3.5
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: M1
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Special Edition: Data Not Available
  • Special Order: Data Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
PERFORMANCE
  • 0 to 60: Data Not Available
  • 0 to 62: 5.4
  • BHP: 359
  • Engine Power KW: 264
  • Engine Power RPM: 6600
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT: 258
  • Engine Torque MKG: 35.7
  • Engine Torque NM: 350
  • Engine Torque RPM: 5100
  • PS: True
  • Top Speed: 155
TYRES
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: Data Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front: 245/45 R20
  • Tyre Size Rear: 245/45 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
VEHICLE DIMENSIONS
  • Height: 1460
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 5235
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.4
  • Wheelbase: 3125
  • Width (excluding mirrors): 1900
  • Width (including mirrors): 2160
WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES
  • Boot Capacity Saloons: 430
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 82
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2725
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2265
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Payload: 460

Reviews

Lexus Ls LS IS MORE (65/100)

The ultimate Lexus is this one, the LS luxury saloon. This comes only in LS 500h hybrid form these days and it'll be a rare sight on our roads. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at what's on offer.

Ten Second Review

With this fifth generation version of its large luxury saloon, the LS, Lexus looks to showcase all it can be. This time round, there's a non-Plug-in hybrid petrol 3.5-litre V6 beneath the bonnet and the option of AWD if you want it. What hasn't changed is that luxury, refinement and sheer attention to detail still get top billing.

Background

The Lexus LS. Back in 1989, the launch of the original version of this model redefined what a luxury saloon should be, the engineers behind it tasked to create nothing less than 'the best luxury car in the world'. Few would argue that they succeeded. It seems rather ridiculous now to remember that back then, the European makers who ruled the flagship four-door market sector defined luxury as being as much about wood and leather as it was about ride and refinement. Thanks to this Japanese brand, cars of this kind were finally transformed from boardroom barges to the technological showcases buyers had a right to expect from their inflated price tags. Today, the LS is still a technological showcase, but it isn't the obvious segment choice that it was for a brief period in the early Nineties until the European opposition caught up. The engineers have been working on that though, the result being the fifth generation version we're going to look at here, a boardroom segment full-Luxury saloon that claims to break new ground in design, technology and performance, and extending the boundaries of automotive luxury. That's quite a claim when other rivals in this segment include contenders as accomplished as the Mercedes S-Class, the BMW 7 Series and the Audi A8.

Driving Experience

Only one engine is offered, the normally aspirated 3.5-litre petrol V6 fitted to the single LS500h model, which puts out 295bhp but is boosted by a hybrid system to produce a 'total system output' of 354bhp. This package powers the rear wheels in most models which are suspended at each corner by multi-link suspension units. There's also an AWD version available for those wanting it. In other markets, this powerplant comes fitted with twin turbochargers; unfortunately, we don't get that version here, which means that the engine has quite a job on shifting nearly 2.5-tonnes of Oriental real estate. Still, 62mph from rest is dispatched on just 5.4s in the rear-driven variants, en route to a top speed that as usual in cars of this kind is artificially restricted at 155mph. As for handling, well the LS has, to be frank, never previously been a very rewarding thing to drive, something that historically hasn't mattered to the core customer base of lazy Americans and retired Europeans. But Lexus needs to reach out beyond these people, particularly in the British market. Has it done so here? Not really, though buyers do get a 'Drive Mode Select' system that sharpens steering feel and reduces body roll.

Design and Build

Lexus has moved from the 'three-box' saloon look of previous LS models to a design that presents a sleeker, more coupe-like silhouette. A shoulder line running from front to rear expresses the low centre of gravity and the new 'GA-L' platform this car now sits upon (shared with the LC coupe) has allowed the LS's height to be reduced by 15mm, with the bonnet and boot lowered even further. The frontal design makes a bolder statement this time round, emphasised as usual by the trademark Lexus 'spindle'-style front grille which is flanked by ultra-compact, triple bi-LED headlights. As you move towards the car, the door handles illuminate, spotlights appear beneath the mirrors. When you get in, the seatbelt presents itself and its holder even extends by 50mm to receive the buckle. Lovely. There's a 20 or 28-way-adjustable seat trimmed in exquisite leather which incorporated a range of massage functions from 'stretch' to 'Shiatsu'. Not so nice is the retention of the rather fiddly mouse mat-based Lexus infotainment system, which takes some getting used to, despite recent improvements. The rear compartment is equally nicely trimmed, though we were surprised that there wasn't more headspace. Less surprising (given that this is a hybrid) is the relatively modest levels of bootspace - the quoted figure is 430-litres.

Market and Model

Rarity will be a major draw for likely buyers, with just 100 LS models likely to find buyers here each year. To put that into perspective, the segment-leading Mercedes S-Class sells about 2,500 units in this country every year, with rival BMW 7 Series and Tesla Model S contenders selling around 2,000 units annually. Even Porsche's more exclusive Panamera usually breaks into four figures. All this being the case, we were a little surprised to find such a wide range of trim variants offered to UK Lexus LS buyers, all based around the '500h' Multi Stage hybrid engine package. There's an entry-level model priced at around £73,000, but most customers will want to find the £80,000 budget that'll get them either dynamic 'F Sport' trim or the more comfort-orientated 'Luxury' spec. If the 'Luxury' variant suits, you'll also be offered the £2,600 option of AWD. Around 45% of buyers go the whole hog and buy in right at the top of the range with this 'Premier'-spec model, which comes only with AWD and a £98,000 price tag. This is the version you'll need for the exclusive 'Pleat' equipment pack that, for around £7,600 more, gives you a beautifully distinctive hand-pleated finish for the leather upholstery and unique Kiriko ornamental glass in the door panels.

Cost of Ownership

Ultimately, you don't buy a huge V6 petrol-powered luxury saloon like this and expect it to be an inexpensive thing to keep on the road. So you might be surprised by this LS500h hybrid model when it comes to questions of running cost efficiency. OK, so it doesn't feature Plug-in technology - Lexus doesn't think that's needed. Even so, an LS500h returns 43.5mpg on the combined cycle and 147g/km of CO2 in rear wheel drive form. Go for the minority-interest AWD version and those figures fall only slightly - to 39.8mpg and 161g/km. The insurance group is a top-of the-shop 50E rating across the range. To maximise your returns, you'll need to make frequent use of the 'Eco' setting in the Drive Mode Select system. This reduces throttle response and engine power output in relation to use of the accelerator pedal to maximise fuel efficiency at the same time as limiting the voltage of the power control unit. The best part of owning a Lexus is that you can be almost certain that nothing will go wrong. Even if such a thing ever happened, so efficient and pleasant are the dealers that you'll be almost glad it did.

Summary

The LS is - and has always been - the car its brand is built upon. The day that Lexus can't bring us a credible large luxury saloon to challenge the best of the premium European makers will be a day the company will have taken its eye off the ball with too much of its focus on sports saloons, compact executive hatchbacks and SUVs. This fifth generation LS reassures us that that time is unlikely to ever come. While this isn't a class leader, it's still a desirable and very different class contender in so many ways, primarily when it comes to refinement and cabin luxury in this segment. Driving one of these is an experience, but one that few boardroom buyers will ever get to try. They'll dismiss this car for its lack of diesel power or Plug-in hybrid technology. They'll bemoan the doubtful residual values. Or assume that driving one will be like piloting a waterbed. Which is a pity because for all its faults, this LS is a car that many top executives would really enjoy owning.

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PersonalLease

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Initial Rental: £9,660.82 inc. VAT

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£894.52Per month ex VAT
Initial Rental: £8,050.68 ex. VAT