Available as a sports saloon, the Lexus IS has a high quality interior and proven reliability. However, it also lacks the design flair and handling of rivals like the BMW 3 Series and is let down by average practicality and the lacklustre performance of its single diesel engine. The V6-engined Lexus IS 250 model is enormously powerful, yet the standard version is short on driving fun.
- Comfortable ride
- Hybrid is road tax-free
- Great reliability and dealer service
- No diesel option
- Gearbox is noisy
- Hybrid is too slow
The Lexus IS competes with the BMW 3 Series, but is available only with hybrid and petrol engines rather than a more conventional diesel. The hybrid is very efficient and costs nothing to tax, while the IS handles well, but poor performance and a noisy gearbox hinder the Lexus compared to its rivals.