In-depth reviews

Lexus IS owner reviews

"It might be a bit of an outsider in such a competitive class, but striking design and impressively low running costs make the Lexus IS worth a look"

Carbuyer Rating

4.1 out of 5

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Owners Rating

4.5 out of 5

58%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

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Common Problems

  • Brakes, Engine (1 cases)
  • Suspension (1 cases)
  • Engine (5 cases)
  • Brakes (4 cases)
  • Electrics (2 cases)
  • Other (3 cases)

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

is 300h advance

Year of registration

2016

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

47.5
Review
This is the second IS I have had and it is one of the best cars around for reliability and quality. I cannot understand why people talk about diesel cars as being better for fuel consumption, this petrol hybrid can match their average mpg and does not have the deadly gases that the diesel produce. it has never let me down is smooth to drive a very relaxing car on long journeys and the quality of build is second to none.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

220d

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

42
Review
Bought a three-year-old 220d with only 24K on the clock. That was mistake one. Never buy a low-mileage modern diesel, they are not made for short commutes! Egr clogged up. Egr cooler clogged up. Eventually got them replaced after many arguments with Lexus Birmingham. The car is now running like it should but it has taken 18 months to get it like that. Does about 30mpg in Town and 47mpg on a good run. I average 42mpg but most of my miles are on the motorway. The 6th gear is too tall and you have to be doing 80mph plus to use it. I like the car but the problems I've had have put me off Lexus for life . It's a nice car when running right . Don't believe the 50+ MPG figures Lexus quote, you won't get near.
Reliability

2 out of 5

Broke down on M40 with blocked EGR valve. Rear brakes stuck on. EGR cooler blocked. Two sets of brake discs in 50,000 miles, never had to change one set in 39 years of driving before. Driver's mirror fell out!
Performance

5 out of 5

Goes like a rocket now!
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Fuel consumption not that great . Servicing is every 10,000K and not cheap.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Review
Excellent

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35
Review
good reliable car hasn't given me any problems so far
Running Cost

2 out of 5

pretty even considering size and model of car

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

20
Review
I have had the car nearly 3 years. Nothing has gone wrong.
Running Cost

2 out of 5

It is expensive to run but it is a high performance car so that is to be expected.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Review
Small judder from the clutch when crawling through traffic. This was rectified under the extended warranty by the main dealer.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Motorway driving is reasonably economical at around 35mpg. Quite thirsty in stop-go driving at around 25mpg, but this is a 2.5 V6 petrol engine and there are compensations! Next service will be the 6th service and is an expensive one at about Ł525. However, I have enrolled on the dealer's Car Service Plan which covers the cost of the next two services and a free summer/winter check up plus free annual MOTs for Ł650. This plan can be transfered to another Lexus if I buy one, or if I buy another make the plan is cancelled and I get a cheque for the balance. There have been no other repairs needed so far. I have had to top the oil up at about 5000 miles from the previous service

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

38

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

30
Review
Its boring because it never breaks down, ever

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35
Review
So far not a thing has gone wrong
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Better mpg would be nice but for a 2.2 it's not too bad

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

31
Review
Never had anything go wrong - touch wood.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

The only thing I've had to replace in 3 1/2 years is the tyres

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

23
Review
Both Front Shocks Failed
Running Cost

1 out of 5

Very Thirst and parts very expensive 2 front shocks cost Ł1500

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

34
Review
Never let me down
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Spare parts are expensive

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

37
Review
never let me down
Running Cost

3 out of 5

just had new front discs and pads cost over Ł300 fitted by lexus dealer

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2002

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Totally reliable.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

I love the car ,so can live with the running costs.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

28
Review
I have never had a reliability issue. I use the car every day of the year
Running Cost

2 out of 5

The car is sluggish for a striaght six 2 litre engine. spares sre expensive

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

1999

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

28
Review
2 front discs rear half of exhaust and minor electonic problem
Running Cost

4 out of 5

The car has only been to the garage once every year for a 10.000 mile service. Not even minor problems, this may change.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

44

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2002

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35
Review
Not bad on petrol starts 1st time holds the road well , and very comfatable with quite a few mod cons.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

This the second car i drive which is my own so i only drive on the weekends the other car i drive 4-5 times a week for work so petrol is nt so bad because of the situation.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

18
Review
Nothing gone wrong in 2 years
Running Cost

2 out of 5

It's a performance car so you expect high running costs. Lexus are parts are expensive and over piced

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

33
Review
Never have a problem with any aspect of the car,always starts first time,2 MOT's passed with flying colours,best car I have ever owned and I have had many over 45 years.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Insurance Ł150 Comprehensive.33 miles to gallon,servicing average but as for other maintenance and repairs nil.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

IS300H Executivve

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50
Review
Excellent Car. Very reliable. Pretty fast. Bluetooth and radio system is top class. Navigation System is a little tricky to use but works well. Boot space is a little compromised due to the battery system so this car may not suit families with small kids. Neither drivers seat or passenger seat have lumbar support which is the only reason I sold the car. I had small issue with the tyre pressure sensor constantly reading low.
Reliability

5 out of 5

No problems. Car was easy and reasonable to service.
Performance
Its as fast as any driver will need. Theres a little lag in acceleration at slow speeds because of the cvt gearbox/hybrid system. At speed theres little to no lag so its not a problem.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Very good on fuel and tyres.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

300h petrol electric hybrid

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

44
Review
Quiet, refined at high speeds and very comfortable. CVT gearbox not liked by journalists but super smooth in real world driving in town, dual carriageways or motorways so adds to relaxing drive. Fuel consumption good at 44mpg, drops if you drive hard but is to be expected. Had a GS 450h previously which went like a rocket but small boot due to battery placement, so 300h boot is much better and practical for a family of 4. Bought 1 year old from main dealer, superb condition and saved £10k. Colleagues comment on good looks of the car and different from the competition- no worries with either Lexus to date.
Reliability

5 out of 5

No problems with 300h or 450h reliability.
Performance

4 out of 5

Not as quick as 450h but not much is this side of a Porsche. Steering feel is better, especially on country roads.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Reasonable for small exec car, especially with dealer maintenance agreement saving 10% for monthly payment plan.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Review
Hasn't missed a beat.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Fuel economy not as good as advertised.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

40

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

44
Review
No problems so far.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

No problems so far.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

36.5
Review
I have not had the car long but I am so far really satisfied with it and am still getting used to its driving style
Running Cost

3 out of 5

At the moment it does seem a little thirsty on fuel

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2000

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Review
Runs faultlessly
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Juicy

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Petrol, Other

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

24

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

24
Review
NEVER LET ME DOWN
Running Cost

3 out of 5

average

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2002

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

26
Review
ONLY had NEW FRONT Brake Calipers and a new Battery
Running Cost

1 out of 5

Only cost is petrol .,Nothing except brakes 9see above

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

29.4
Review
Apart from normal servicing, it has required only a front brake caliper replacing in the past 2.25 years.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Annual servicing is (surprisingly) very reasonable at main dealership. Had two new tyres last year, but one expects such a cost with any car. Less expensive to run than I expectd.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

26
Review
No major problems.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Uses more petrol than expected and printed figures.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

36
Review
Nothing ever goes wrong.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Main dealer servicing cost is the only major outlay.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

28
Review
never broken down
Running Cost

3 out of 5

2.5cc ,V6 petrol 28mpg aroun town, not that bad. The only down side is the annual road tax Ł460. I do less than 5000 miles a year. Who polutes the planet most me or a Rep driving a diesel mondeo doing 60,000 miles paying Ł120 road tax?

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

25
Review
Excellent, never given me any grief
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Cost of petrol makes it hurt to fill up

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

36
Review
Has not started on occasssions, lacked power due to turbo problems
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Very poor MPG for a modern 2.2 litre diesel engine @ average 36mpg. I spend a lot of times on motorways and even my old Alfa 159 2.0 jtdm was doing over 42mpg.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

32
Review
Perfect, so far...
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Only costs so far have been for fuel and a wiper blade

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2000

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

25
Review
Never let me down
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Typical for cars age condition etc

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

17
Review
RECENTLY HAD FIRST FAULT IN 5 YEARS WHEN OXYGEN SENSOR HEATER CIRCUIT FAILED.
Running Cost

1 out of 5

KNEW FUEL ECONOMY WAS POOR BEFORE I BOUGHT CAR, SO HAD IT CONVERTED TO LPG.SERVICED BY A LOCAL INDEPENDENT GARAGE, SO SERVICE CHARGES GOOD.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
never breaks down
Running Cost

3 out of 5

minimal

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

30
Review
100% reliable never question its fitness for duty
Running Cost

3 out of 5

for 200cc it is thirsty but provides the pleasure of adequate power and useability

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

29

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Is250

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Bought Car

New
Review
Greate car, good engine and automatic gearbox. I would recommend this car as I have used this car for over four years. Very comfortable, seats are just amazing. Also i will always remember nice v6 sound engine.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

2.5 Hybrid 4 door

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

55
Review
Bought this car to replace my Lexus diesel as my annual mileage had reduced dramatically plus a big factor was 'reliabilty'. Cannot fault the car regarding ride, fuel economy although the satnav is clearly not the best around etc., etc.. My biggest beef is that it has developed a fault where the car won't start so much so, I've had to call upon Lexus Assistance twice in 3 weeks for help. The primary battery is not holding its charge and although the local dealer has checked it out, they state there is nothing wrong. Something is clearly amiss but there appears to be a reluctance to determine what the cause of the fault is and a suitable remedy. Has anyone else experienced this type of fault and/or lack of assistance? On this current situation, I would not wish to recommend this car but clearly, if Lexus carried out a full fault-finding procedure to identify the cause of the primary battery and a remedy then I would recommend this car.
Reliability

4 out of 5

Questionable 4
Performance

5 out of 5

Happy with its performance
Running Cost
Acceptable to me

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

300h f sport

Year of registration

2015

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

43
Review
This is my second Lexus. Previously had 2.2d for 8 years. I buy Lexus for reliability and comfort. The majority of my journeys are over 3hrs. I get out the car as relaxed as when I got in, the drive is exceptionally comfortable. The dealership is so professional in the way they handle everything from purchase to servicing nothing is a problem. Agreed you may pay a bit more for the Lexus but worth every penny. Would not consider driving anything else.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

37

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

31
Review
Not broken down, feels secure and safe
Running Cost

2 out of 5

The MPG's are a killer on car like the

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

42
Review
First class - the car has never let me down

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

33
Review
It is faultless despite being 4 years old.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

30
Review
FANTASTIC
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Only the MPG lets it down

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

28
Review
Hasn't let me down in 95000 miles...
Running Cost

3 out of 5

It's a well-used upmarket car on a main dealer service contract, so it's never going to be cheap to run.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

36
Review
No problems. Replaced tyres. Serviced according to manual every year. Calliper on rear brake needed replacement . No charge to me.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Took out service contract and that's all it needs.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35
Review
Not a single problem.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

40
Review
Spot on. Nothing has gone wrong in the 2 years that I have owned it.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Well within what is expected of a premium car

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

34
Review
NO PROBLEMS AT ALL
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Was a little thirsty at first but improving with mileage

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2.5 V6

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Probably the best car I have owned. Unlike the Jaguar XF I had before this is impeccably reliable and so far has only required routine servicing. The Jaguar required numerous trips to the dealers for various electric faults. Lexus dealers treat their customers with respect (unlike others) and the service is impeccable.
Reliability

5 out of 5

Very reliable so far has only required routine servicing.
Performance

5 out of 5

Perfect for my style of driving and can be quick if required.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Reasonable considering its a 2.5 V6 and the insurance is less than my previous car.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

ISF 5.0

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

25
Review
This ISF is my third Lexus, having previously owned an IS220D and and IS250. I admit that my car is the one major indulgence in my life! The drive is superbly smooth with an 8 speed auto. Took it up to 155 mph on the autobahn in Germany without any problem at all and the engine clearly had plenty left to give. The acceleration is great, hitting 60 mph in under 5 seconds. The sound system is brilliant - Lexus have an agreement with Mark Levinson and it's very very good. My one major complaint is the sat nav. It's simply not good enough. I wish Lexus would from an alliance with TomTom (in the same way that they have with Mark Levinson). I run it with a hydrogen cell which has boosted the fuel economy and reduced my emmisions to zero. Driving this car is a lot of fun and I'll keep it for a couple more years before moving to a 4x4 to accomadate the dogs and country roads.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

28

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2002

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

22

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

30

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

28
Review
Very dependable .... never a problem in 4+ years
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Amazed how poor MPG is and high Road Fund Tax

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35
Review
its never let me down

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2001

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

33.7
Review
So far the most reliable car that I have owned
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Cheap to run apart from major service costs, can be as high as Ł1k for sixth year service.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

34

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

32
Review
in 2 and a half years only faults have been a small door trim rattle and a sticky rear brake calliper, both fixed at once by dealer
Running Cost

4 out of 5

it is a premium high-spec 205 hp six cylinder petrol car, so of course it is not dirt cheap to run, but it is a lot cheaper to run than you might expect and can return a real 38-40 mpg on a long fast run. But it is thirsty on short journeys around town

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

45
Review
no problems except the battery
Running Cost

3 out of 5

main dealer servicing v expensive as are parts

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

21
Review
No problems at all mechanically
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Poor fuel consumption, servicing expensive

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2001

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

41
Review
Annual Service - No intervening Problems
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Spare Parts costs are expensive !

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2002

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

34

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

34
Running Cost

2 out of 5

POOR MPG

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

IS 250 SE (2.5L Petrol, Automatic)

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

32
Review
Prior to purchasing my IS250, I was becoming disillusioned with driving in the UK. As we all know, UK roads are not in very good shape (as of 2017). Venture away from the motorways and other major roads, and it's a very sorry state of affairs: potholes, drain covers that have sunk below the road surface, poor repairs by cowboy contractors, and road surfaces that are generally unfit for purpose! I was sick and tired of literally being thrown about in my small european car ... change was needed! Enter the Lexus ... After approximately one year of ownership, I can safely say that this car, whilst imperfect, is head-and-shoulders above my previous cars. The cabin feels special (albeit bland), and you are insulated from much of the road and engine noise. The performance of the IS250 is good for a heavy car (see the performance section for more info). The auto is brilliant for stop-start traffic and when you have had a hard day at work! Build quality - solid. I have yet to find any areas of poor build quality. The bodywork is rust-free after 12 years(!), and the electrics WORK. The interior is slightly bland, but well assembled. The leather seats are good (I have experienced more supportive seats, but never mind). Uneven tyre wear - the inner edges wear somewhat faster than I would like - maybe the previous owner did some off-roading? ;-). This isn't the fault of Lexus. Headlights - the dipped beam isn't very powerful - way behind modern cars. I will have to look at replacing the bulbs. Don't skimp on tyres - the previous owner fitted the cheapest pieces of rubber he could find, and the result was terrifying in the wet - oversteer at running pace ... I kid you not. Fit good quality rear tyres ... no exceptions.
Reliability

5 out of 5

Faultless. No blown bulbs, no leaks, no warning lights ... nothing!
Performance
Good for a heavy car! The ride quality is an acceptable balance between comfort and performance. The ride gets a little bumpy on rough surfaces, but it's tolerable. The front-end has plenty of grip, but the rear is a little more "lively" in icy conditions, being a rear-wheel drive car. The auto gearbox is very smooth, and I now think "why did I bother with manual gearboxes for so long?!". The "Sport Mode" is an ironic name, because this car ain't quick! I find the "Sport mode" is useful when I need engine braking e.g. down steep hills! You can select the gear of your choice, thereby reducing brake wear. 99% of my driving is in full auto mode. The steering is weighted correctly, and feels natural. This is a heavy car, and it feels "luxurious". Acceleration is reasonably good, and braking is good.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Fuel consumption - borderline! Being a 2.5 litre engine, this car was never going to compete with a Prius, but the fuel consumption isn't much to write home about. I drive quite slowly, and the trip computer averages 31-32 mpg. I guess the 1,650Kg weight may have something to do with it ....

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

300H Premier 4door CVT auto

Year of registration

2015

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Review
Having driven and owned BMW 3 Series for 2 decades, this was a true eye opener. Better build,interior,facia,the works. Despite the CB review, I thoroughly enjoy driving t and do pointless joyrides for the fun. Driving in Sports mode gives you a better experience than a BMW. The acceleration, and sheer grip and control are superior. I drive down motorways to experience the true pleasure of Sports mode. For town driving the Eco mode makes you feel you're floating on air,incredibly quiet, simply purrs and gently moves along with a considerable air of complete satisfaction, as opposed to the brash ,noisy roars emanating from Bm's,and Audi boy racers around you. It's an intelligent driver's car, not for a noisy loutish type. Driving fast is accomplished with consumate ease in Sports mode.
Reliability

5 out of 5

So far,no issues except squeak from brake when brand new. soon disappeared after som use.
Performance

5 out of 5

Terrific fun,you want to joy ride for the hell of it.
Running Cost
Seem average

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

IS 300h

Year of registration

2015

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

40
Review
Great car, cheap tax, didn't buy for fuel economy. I previously owned Mercedes C-Class Coupe and pleased I swapped it in. Cannot comment on reliability or customer service yet but dealership was spot when buying. Looks good drives great!

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

IS300h Priemier

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

45
Review
I wouldn't recommend this car because I want to feel exclusive driving mine. I've only noticed four on the road in the three months of owner ship. I wouldn't buy a jacket that everyone else wears even if it is the best. Lexus have done a great job of being different and exclusive. I didn't want to be sitting in a car that sounds like a taxi. I am so relaxed and calm when the hybrid system glides into motion rather than shiver into life and rattles off into the distance. I wouldn't want to race a comfortable four door saloon car around unless you want to make your family sick and lose your licence. I race a two seater sports car on a track day when I want fun without traffic or speed cameras. Car journalist's opinions are writing to impress. I have noticed that when journalist gives a good rating on a car it gets a not so good rating from the owners and vice versa. Journalist put driving dynamics as their highest priority because of their short time in testing the car. But the Lexus brand is always the most refined, quiet, most kit and satisfying to own. Then journalist consider these as less important. Most people cannot tell the difference how well a car drives on real world roads. But anyone would know how comfortable a car is in the real world. I tested a brand new IS but brought a 12 month old car and it is just like new with £10k off the new price. Not a single squeak or rattle. Most people don't seem to like the mouse type joystick to control the media system but I love it because when you get use to it, is quick jumping to different commands. The rotary system on other cars seems primitive and for less skilled users. Again Journalist don't have long enough time to develop the skill to operate a system so they say it is awkward. I have the top of the range so it has all the kit you need to look after and pamper you. I know a lot of modern cars have similar kit but I feel assured that the Lexus won't let me down as my previous car, a Lexus, has never let me down in my 6 years of ownership. Didn't even need to change a light bulb. This is a rare and special car and I like it this way. Let the others follow the crowd.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2.5 v6

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35
Review
Probably the most complete car i have ever owned. Managed to clock 0-100km/h in 7.5s (manufacturer's claim of 8.1s), which is impressive. Rides on massive 18 inch rims but the ride quality is amazing. its perfect for my usage . Only thing bad is that fuel economy can be average only.
Reliability

5 out of 5

This car is built like a tank, feels amazing and secure
Performance

5 out of 5

I cant ask for more a entry level sports luxury sedan
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Running cost can be higher due to economy but the reliability should be bullet proof

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

28

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2001

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

34

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

31
Review
No issues at all
Running Cost

4 out of 5

low mileage so low costs

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2000

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

40
Review
Has not let me down in 7 years. Always starts in the winter although it sometimes takes a couple of turns.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Good milage for a large engine. Parts are easily accessed and at a reasonable cost for a foreign car.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

18
Review
No problems at all
Running Cost

3 out of 5

It's expected with a performance car that running costs will be significant

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

26
Review
No issues at all.
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Harsh, (fuel only), but worth it for the imperious mode of transport.

Owner Review