The Lexus IS200 Sport. I smile just thinking about it. The car is a delight to drive! It glides over the roads as if it were on a cushion of air, and motorway driving is a dream. From the outside, the car has distinctive looks (especially with the optional body kit I saw one - wow did it look agressive!) and is certainly not to be confused with a BMW, which seem to have swamped the market nowadays. The build quality is impeccable leaving nothing to be desired. Everything inside feels as though it was built to last and the doors shut with a satisfying thud. The quality is even apparent in the carefully weighted and effortlessly movable boot lid. The engine is pleasant as well, sounding good throughout the full rev range. Unfortunatly, that's what it's best at. It has a certain pull to it, but less than would be expected from a 2ltr straight six. The Sport tag only refers to the trim, it has the same engine as all the others. But, that being said, when you're driving the car you don't really feel the need to try and burn off the other cars. Ok, the guy to your right's in a Golf GTi... but he's ONLY in a Golf GTi - you're driving a Lexus...
I am just changing jobs and have spent too much time looking for a new company car(Nice Dilema to be in!) My current car has been a Vauxhall Vectra 2.0DTI yes as diesel! With a budget of £25000 and being bored of driving family cars I fancied a change and have looked at a number of different cars. I finaly have chosen the IS 200 from Lexus. It looks great, it has every creature comfort apart from cruise control(available on auto only) and has the sweetest sounding engine. I test drove this as well as BMW 323 and a Alfa 156 2.0. They are all great cars, I was worried about the Alfa's reliabilty and resale value. The BMW was very basic and I found it heavy to drive. The Lexus is a dream to drive, the engine accelerates well on motorways and roars as you take the revs over 4500rpm. The Variable valve timing comes into play and really opens it up. Handling is good reliablity is excelent as far as I can research and security is first class. If I wanted to find a problem with this car it would be a timy thing. Firstly, I like to lounge on long journeys and although it is really comfortable, there is no central arm rest. I can't wait to take delivery and start enjoying driving once more!
My husband replaced our beloved Rav4 with an IS200 around this time last year, and I was heartbroken. I loved the little 4 wheeler and hated the thought of driving an "old man's car" (ie a saloon), but from the first time I sat behind the wheel, man, did I change my mind! This machine goes like the proverbial off a stick; it growls around town like a pent-up tiger and draws many many admiring glances. I love the smooth gear change, with it's shiny chrome knob and the fact that I can load up 6 CD's in the front, without having to rummage around in the boot, but the best feature of all is the folding door mirrors. No more do I have to cringe when pulling into the garage, waiting for the thud of the mirrors twanging back and forth, they're all neatly folded down, well out of the way :) My advice is test drive it and see. It may not have the kudos of the BMW badge, but it sure has bags more style. BTW, I still think BMW's should be reserved for the over 50's :)
This is almost certainly the female of the species. Smooth natured easy to handle and easy on the eye. I had always driven BMW before and decided I wanted a change. So I opted for the LEXUS 200 sport. The long wait was worthwhile and I was not disappointed from the moment I picked her up. Groundhog days are back when you see how her wide tyres hug the ground. But you have only to open the door of this car and listen to the ease of it closing to know you have bought quality. But the perfection for me is the driving. Along with the gear lift of course, top speed, comfort, style..did I mention looks. Yes I think I like this car.