2010 Lexus IS300 | new car review

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 by







The second-generation IS mid-size executive sedan has been on the market since 2006 and is a thoroughly decent Japanese rival to the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class.

As befits proper executive sedans, the Lexus IS has a rear-wheel drive chassis that provides an encouraging and direct driving experience. With a single choice of engine – a 228 bhp 3.0-litre V6 – the Lexus buyer may feel short changed when it comes to variety.

Mercedes offers six different flavours of C-Class in the region – including a hot version for those with money to burn. Lexus does the same in other markets, including a 400bhp-plus IS-F, but not in the Middle East.

Still, you can’t fault the IS on much else. The cabin is well finished and there’s enough gadgets to keep you fully occupied when you’re stuck in yet another traffic jam. The stereo comes complete with 13 speakers and a CD player capable of reading MP3 and WMA-filled CD. You can splash out on the optional Mark Levinson stereo, which takes audio quality up another notch. Safety is another key feature with smart airbags dotted around the cabin and numerous active and passive crash safety systems.

If you like your luxury with the roof down, the IS300C cabriolet might appeal. It takes the standard IS and adds a folding hardtop which can disappear into the top of the boot in just twenty seconds. The extra weight of the roof mechanism means that the IS 300 C isn’t quite as quick as the sedan version. Additionally, the practical aspects of the IS have been compromised by the folding roof – the rear seats are now only really for small children and the bootspace is rather limited when the roof is folded away.

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