Lexus IS saloon

£26,495 - £36,750

The Lexus IS 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 CO2 emissions in its class (99g/km), along with sporty and distinctive styling.

It handles better than the previous IS thanks to improved suspension and better steering, while the Lexus brand offers terrific reliability and dealer service, so this should be a popular choice for company car buyers. However, poor performance and a noisy CVT automatic gearbox mean it's hard to recommend the IS over its main rivals.