Review

Lexus IS saloon

The Lexus IS 2013 is a competitor for the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class, but offers a different approach with its choice of hybrid and petrol engines. The hybrid Lexus IS 300h offers the lowest emissions in its class, with 99g/km, and new styling has updated the car to make it look sportier and more distinctive.

The new car handles better than the previous model thanks to new suspension and better steering, too. What's more, the Lexus brand offers terrific reliability and dealer service, so the Lexus IS will be a popular car for company car buyers. However, the lack of performance and the noisy automatic gearbox mean it's hard to recommend the IS over its rivals.

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