2018 Lexus LS 500h review: Daring to be different

Introduction

‘Anything you can do, I can do better’ is the usual chorus of luxury flagship models. The never-ending arms race amongst the few manufacturers that build such cars has intensified yet again with the latest generations. Lexus isn’t playing ball with the Germans anymore, though, and is doing things the Japanese way with the LS.

Bodystyle: Saloon Seats: 5              Price: From £72,595-£97,995

Did you know? Lexus’ Takumi master craftsmen must display their dexterity by folding an origami cat using only their non-dominant hand.

2018 Lexus LS

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

Verdict 7.0 / 10

We love that Lexus is making such a statement with the fifth generation LS. It’s not trying to be yet another ‘me too’ luxury offering, but instead an intriguing alternative.

Its interior design is truly special and the attention to the overall user experience is exemplary — so it should if it’s going toe to toe with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series. However, the Lexus LS is let down by a drivetrain that lacks refinement, and rivals offer a greater choice of engines, too. It’s notable weight also sours the handling, which is a shame as this chassis has promise.

The Lexus LS isn’t terrible, in fact it does have its charm, but this car doesn’t do enough to take the luxury crown. For now th...