2017 Lexus IS Review


Calling the Lexus IS the Japanese 3 Series is pretty accurate – ever since the 1999 original, the IS saloon has been aimed right down the throat of BMW’s big seller, from the rear-drive chassis to the proportions to the attempts to please the keen driver. Now available with either a turbocharged petrol or a petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain, the Lexus IS is closer than ever to being a serious rival to the Munich maestro.


Body Style: Saloon              Seats: 5                         MRP from £29,995 - £39,745


Did you know? The original Lexus IS was sold as a Toyota Altezza in Japan because, before 2005, Lexus didn’t exist in the Japanese market.

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7.25/10)

The Lexus IS can’t quite match the likes of the BMW 3 Series or Audi A4 for overall appeal, but it gets a lot closer than you might think. It is genuinely rewarding to drive, and the hybrid IS 300h has temptingly low tax and running costs for business users. The IS 200t is more the enthusiast’s choice, but with either car you’re getting something with amazing quality, peerless reliability prospects, and a dash of styling difference and Japanese craftsmanship in what is usually a homogenously German executive car park.

Design & Exterior 

★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6/10) 

Interior & Comfort

★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)   

Technology & Connectivity 

★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10)