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It was time to fulfill my dream to own a Lexus. My Toyota dealer had a Lexus dealership on the same site so we went to have a look. I traded in my Subaru Impretza WRX for a beautiful dark grey metallic Lexus IS200 on 54 plate. As the model was about to undergo the usual five year revamp, my lovely new car had lots of extras. Japanese car manufacturers have always included lots of features as standard that British motor manufacturers classed as extras. My extras included leather seats; a leather gear knob; factory fitted sat nav and a six disc CD changer and air conditioning.
From the very first drive the "baby" Lexus was a star. I have always loved driving and my newly acquired advanced driving skills helped me to enjoy the drive even more. It was a pleasure driving the baby Lexus. I found the vehicle controls responded very quickly. It held the road perfectly and going at the national speed limit on country lanes was joyful. I had never before owned a car with air conditioning and switched it on for every journey. However I ended up having the dealer check the engine was correctly adjusted as my fuel consumption was incredibly high. I soon learned to only use the air con when I really needed it and thus reduced the fuel consumption level to reasonable. I did however make sure I ran the air con for 20 minutes each week to keep the system in good condition.
The sat nav was another first for me and was extremely useful since I had recently started a new job visiting primary schools throughout my home town. The sat nav helped me to find every location easily. I loved the other factory installed sat nav feature that showed not only the location of petrol stations nearby, but also the brand of fuel! I loved the alloy wheels as well; they were very good looking. The sat nav had a great safety feature: it would not let you program it when the wheels were turning.
Six CDs in the music system was excellent as it meant no more fumbling at a red traffic light to change the CD before the light changed and plenty of chosen music to see us through long journeys.
The car was a joy to drive and I had three great years owning my very first Lexus and, yes, I did replace my beautiful Lexus IS200 with another new Lexus!
I purchased my IS220d last August (2009) and it is fantastic !!! I regularly drive a 600 mile round trip and it really is the most comfortable drive I have ever experienced. Here is a woman's brief review excluding all of the technical/statistical jargon ................
This car has great style and very streamline looking. The car is fully colour-coded which enhances its stylish appeal. The grille is not over-bearing and is set off with the silver Lexus logo.
The dashboard is sleek and stylish with white dials that glow and an oyster coloured centre console really does set the cabin off nicely. There is a 6-speed gearbox and cruise control (optional) which is fantastic for long motorway journeys (as long as they are empty). A leather steering wheel adds to the finishing touch and is comfortable to grip. A trip computer is present which is great for monitoring your average mpg and how many miles you have left in your tank. There is a 6-disc CD changer which is great if you do not want CD cases cluttering your vehicle and the sound quality is crisp.
It has a push button Start/Stop ignition ..... this was strange to grasp at first but it is very straight forward to use. You must ensure that you prime the car by pressing the ignition button first and then fully depressing the clutch whilst again pressing the ignition button. The car then does a full service check of itself and the dials all fully check themselves when the car revs - very cool!
The car also has automatic lights which come on when the visibility is below a certain level. This is good as there are many people who forget to put their lights on especially if in a rush.
I have all leather interior and the seats are on par with a three-piece suite. If you like to have drinks holders and cubby holes then this car has it all - it even has door storage that can be be enlarged if you have extra possesions that need to be stored. The glovebox is also roomy which can store various items including SatNavs, service records and CDs for example. I also keep my manual in there as it can easily accommodate it which I have found difficult in other cars.
There is plentiful boot-space which will comfortably hold luggage for 4 persons. There are also bag handles on either side of the boot space enabling you to hook shopping in safely which I find invaluable when taking a trip to the supermarket.
The fuel consumption is not that great with urban driving only achieving roughly 28mpg, this does get better on long journeys with motorway driving reaching 40+mpg. The drive is smooth and quite relaxed even when stuck in traffic due to the pure comfort. I was surprised at how quiet the ride was compared to other diesel cars which I have either driven or have been a passenger in. The car glides nicely in an out of gear and performs great top end.
These cars may seem a little pricey to however compared to some other luxury cars are very reasonably priced. I think they are a real investment especially as a second-hand buy. I would maybe not buy one from new (around £25,000+) but there are great used vehcles from as little as £14,000 for a 3-4 year old model however, do watch for high mileage!
The car is pure luxury and would definitely recommend one to anyone without hesitation.
I have had a Lexus IS220D as a company car since October 2007. I still get into the car after two years and think wow! The car feels well built and smooth to drive, it is very quiet for a diesel engined car and some people have thought it was a petrol. I have had a couple of niggles though, the dashboard developed a rattle after about 3500 miles but it was delat with swiftly by the local Lexus dealer with no issues at all.
'Ownership' has been a joy, everytime the car has been in for a service a courtesy car has been provided and the car comes back to me spotlessly clean. Servicing bills have been very reasonable.
Fuel economy has been the cars Achilles heel though returning 37 MPG on average (I'm not the lightest of right footed people!)
On a whole though I love this car, it still turns heads as it isn't as common as a BMW 320d or an Audi A4, and I'm seriously considering keeping it for an extra year on the company lease.
My colleague asked if he could swop his Lexus for my Nissan Qashqai as he was off to South Coast for a week with the family. The reason was lack of boot space. I was happy to do the swop for a week.
The Lexus is a lovely car to look at and initial impressions were favourable. The car is a diesel and the engine starts without a key by using a Stop Start button. The engine quickly and quietly leaps into life. The car is about 10 months old and has done 25000 miles so I was impressed at how quiet the engine was even when ticking over
The dashboard is well illuminated with brilliant white numbers on the Speedo and Rev Counter. Digital display also shows mpg outside temperature etc etc
The seating position is quite low, my partner does not like it at all as she much prefers the high position in the Qashqai. Seats are firm and supportive and I have found it comfortable to drive on both short and long journeys. They are a fabric seat.
Leg room in the front is plentiful. I am reasonably tall at 5 11 but I suspect a shorter person would struggle with the handbrake - it is a bit of a reach
Steering wheel is adjustable. Gears are easy to use and very slick to change. Car is very responsive at both low and high speed - can see how you can get points on your licence so easy.
Seating in the rear looks a bit cramped but think it would be ok for a long journey. Friends who were in the back did not complain so perhaps it is just my perception.
Boot space is I think small for such a big car - two medium sized suitcases would take up most of the space and then small holdalls at the side. I put the weekly shop in the boot and it seemed full in comparison with what the Qashqai holds.
Toys lots of them fitted on the Lexus as you would expect. Again it is a personal preference but I did not like the controls for the AirCon they were not intuitive you had to search for them whilst driving taking your eye off the road. Again as with any car guess you get used to it. Fold up mirrors which when you open the doors remotely shine out a little light which makes me beg the question why ? as it does not actually illuminate anything useful like the door handle.
Cruise control is easy to set and useful when travelling through roadworks with average speed cameras
Air con itself is very good think you could leave the engine running and use the car as a fridge at the lowest setting. Noise levels are low when it is blowing
Stereo system EXCELLENT and LOUD.
Fuel consumption averages around 44 mpg which has mostly been around town.
So all important question if I had the choice would I choose one. The answer is no I would prefer my Qashqai over the Lexus as it has a much higher level of comfort and equipment. The Lexus does have a certain status and a couple of people asked if I had been promoted so in terms of image it obviously hits the right buttons but with this extended test drive it failed to impress me.
The Lexus IS200 is my favourate car, everything about this car is quality, from the interia to the handling this really about quality.
The sports model i think hold the best model in relation to extras, from built in sat nav to the style of the body work it really is a car which you can hold as your pride and joy, talking to us men out there, however once my wife gets her hands on the car, i can not get it back.
The boot, and the interia of the car is very spacious easy to clean and top quality in all area.
I suppose if i was to be critical i would say that servicing is expensive but hey if you have a Lexus you should be able to afford it.
The IS200 is compared to the BMW, but there is no comparison the Lexus is the best.
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A pleasure to drive and to own ... apart from the fact that if you do use the car to it's full potential(especially the braking and cornering, both brilliant!)start saving up for a new set of tyres after 16,000 miles. This really is a driver's car with all the controls grouped for your comfort, however space for rear seat passengers (who needs em?)and boot capacity is at a premium. Overall though a superb product well supported by exellent design attention to detail and after sales service. Beware if you are a company car driver the emissions put this bundle of fun into the higher bracket for taxation, but then again what's life without fun, get one it's well worth it!
After my recent embarrassment inconsistently stalling the Rover 25 travelling the less than hilly streets of Croydon (see post), I thought I'd try soemthing a little more fun for a 24hour test drive. My local Lexus dealer (recently sandwiched off the Brighton road to a little corner by Fiveways Junction behind a health club...) thought I’d better try the 4-gear automatic. Dutifully I appeared at his immaculate show room and was conducted to a gleaming royal sapphire-coloured model of this beautiful car. “I’ve warmed it up for you,” said the dealer (Richard), who clearly did not want me to embarrass anyone by stalling an automatic. And as if he had known that I’d recently watched the film ‘Apollo 13,’ he continued with a sort of flight check. “There’s cruise control there and this is climate control,” he offered. “I’m afraid there’s no satellite navigation system on this one.” Damn! How will I be able to find the moon landing strip at the end of the flight? Steady… That’s the trouble with the Lexus. You find yourself turning into a sort of Walter Mitty creature in front of the gleaming dials as you sink into the beautifully upholstered driver’s seat which can be electrically adjusted for perfect comfort. During the pre-flight…Sorry…pre-drive checks, the position of the steering wheel can be adjusted as can the rear view and wing mirrors. And then.... Happily, Lexus explains that much of the technology is taken from the larger models which have automatic transmission as a matter of course. There is an intelligent Electronically Controlled Transmission system (ECTi) which tells the engine to reduce torque as it shifts gear, giving an almost seamless gear change. It also has the ability to sense when the car is on an uphill gradient or braking going downhill. In either case it will hold a lower gear reducing the tendency of many automa
tics to change gear when you would rather they did not. I tested this on the motorway to Pulborough, West Sussex, so no narrow or steep roads there, but all worked perfectly nevertheless, providing absolute control. With this control comes what Lexus calls Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVTi) which maximises the engine’s torque at the speed you need it, then re-adjusts it to minimise fuel consumption when you ease off. Urban fuel consumption is about 20.8 mpg, extra urban about 36.7 and combined about 28.8 mpg. This 2.0 litre, 6-cylinder car is economical by any standard and with a maximum speed of 127 mph (untested by me) and acceleration of 0-62 mph in 11.2 seconds (ditto), those looking for a sports saloon of distinctive silhouette need look no further. At £20,375 plus £375 to put on the road for the automatic and £19,000 plus £375 for the manual, the Lexus offers great value for money.
Have you ever dreamed of owning a Lexus car? Well now you can have the opportunity of getting behind the wheel of one for just £20,000 (brand new). It is a superb car. The car compares to a BMW 3-Series, Audi A4, Alfa Romeo 156 and the Mercedes C-Class. Lexus, built by Toyota, have tried to outdo all the other executive cars in Europe. Driven at reasonable speeds this car is ultra-smooth nd highly responsive. It is a dream to drive. The 153 bhp 2.0 V6 Engine is more than enough. The interior is also highly commendable and the leather is of very high quality. Compared with a BMW 3-Series, the Lexus IS200 defeats the German rival in terms of the interior. More head and legroom and driver, passenger and side airbags come as standard!! Well done Lexus for an excellent car.