2015 Lexus LS | new car review
* Quality of materials used is phenomenal.
* Tweaks can be accommodated, but it's probably time for the LS to get a proper makeover.
The full-size premium luxury sedan segment is dominated for the most part by the Germans. However, should you look around, you’ll realize the Japanese know a thing or two about making a premium luxury sedan as well. The Lexus LS has received tweak after tweak, year after year, since the introduction of the 4th generation model in 2007. The 2015 model is beautiful and flaunts the trademark spindle grille, a neat hood composed of soft lines and a prominent, protruding bulge in the centre along with L shaped LED’s that integrate into the headlamp and taillamp clusters.
If you’ve sat in the Lexus IS, ES or GS, the interior of the LS is going to be a déjà vu. Nearly everything is in the same place and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because it’s neat and well laid out. But it’s the quality of materials that will have your jaw hit the floor; nearly everything you touch is either leather or wood and leaves very little exposed plastic. With ample amounts of head and leg room for the Royalty riding in the back, along with the option of reclining, heated, cooled and massage seats, the number of people willing to ride shotgun is clearly set to fall drastically.
A distinct feature in most premium vehicles is the analogue clock that adorns the dashboard. The Lexus LS is no different, however, the clock possesses a unique feature that allows it to adjust automatically when crossing time zones. More interestingly, passengers riding in the back of the LS can experience an Ottoman therapeutic pressure massage while watching Blu Ray DVD’s on the 9 inch TV screens placed on the back of the front headrests.
What’s on offer?
The 2015 Lexus LS pushes out 386 horsepower and 498 Nm of torque from its 4.6 litre V8 engine to touch 100 km/h in an extremely impressive 5.4 seconds. Hop over into hybrid territory, however, and the 5.0 litre V8 engine directs 438 horsepower and 521 Nm of torque through a CVT transmission to an All Wheel Drive layout.
With a price tag ranging from AED 310,000 – AED 505,000, one thing is clear. The Lexus LS is not cheap. But it may just be worth it when you begin to consider the features, drive, comfort and street cred it brings with it.
|Specifications||2015 Lexus LS RWD||2015 Lexus LS Hybrid|
|Engine/ Cylinders||4.6 litre / V8||5.0 litre / V8|
|Max Power |
|386 hp @ 6,400 RPM||438 hp @ 6,400 RPM|
|498 Nm @ 4,100 RPM||521 Nm @ 4,000 RPM|
|Tranmission||8 speed automatic||CVT|
|Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||5.4 secs||5.5 secs|
|Top speed||210 km/h||210 km/h|
|Price||AED 310,000 - 455,000||AED 430,000 - 505,000|