2015 Lexus IS | new car review
* Designed exceptionally well both inside and out.
* The Lexus IS does feel overpriced.
Lexus, the luxury counterpart of reliability king Toyota, have long been known for playing it safe with their styling; up until very recently that is. The bodywork of the 2015 Lexus IS flaunts numerous sharp lines, Lexus’ trademark spindle grille, and LEDs that resemble the Nike swoosh. When combined with the optional F Sport package that brings larger wheels and a sportier bumper to the table, the 2015 IS is simply stunning.
Though Lexus hasn’t said it, it feels like a Japanese racer was behind the interior of the 2015 IS; and that my friends, isn’t a bad thing at all. You get extremely supportive seats, a brilliant driving position, and a neat steering wheel that fits perfectly in your hands. In terms of tech, the IS packs in a mouse-like joystick that controls the infotainment system and numerous capacitive touch switches to control aspects of the infotainment and A/C systems. As far as comfort is concerned, rear seat passengers benefit from a small yet much needed 1.6 inches increase in legroom over the previous generation model.
Catered to the affluent youth, the 2015 Lexus IS packs in a number of features such as a 15 speaker Mark Levinson sound system. The infotainment system also offers the option to have a personalized home screen to satisfy that tech itch further.
What’s on offer?
For those looking at saving a little bit at the pumps, the 2015 IS is available with a 2.5 litre V6 engine that produces a decent 204 horsepower. However, if it’s power that gets your palms itchy, a beefier 3.5 litre V6 that churns out a very respectable 312 horsepower is also available. To further enhance the thrill of driving, Lexus has fitted an intake sound generator into the IS range that creates a distinctly sporty engine sound whenever the loud pedal is depressed.
A great car to look at, and a stunning car to be spotted in, but with a price tag ranging from AED 150,000 – AED 230,000 you can’t help but feel the Lexus IS is bordering the realm of ridiculously overpriced vehicles.
|Specifications||2015 Lexus IS 250||2015 Lexus IS 350|
|Engine/ Cylinders||2.5 litre / V6||3.5 litre / V6|
|Max Power |
|204 hp @ 6,400 RPM||312 hp @ 6,400 RPM|
|251 Nm @ 4,800 RPM||376 Nm @ 4,800 RPM|
|Tranmission||6 speed automatic||6 speed automatic|
|Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||8.0 secs||5.8 secs|
|Top speed||225 km/h||230 km/h|
|Price||AED 150,000 - 190,000||AED 190,000 - 230,000|