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2015 (65) Lexus GS300h 2.5 Premier 4dr CVT

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Analogue clockBlind spot monitoring
Bluetooth Telephone preparationCruise control
Digital odometer/trip meterDrive mode selector
Dusk sensorElectric power steering
Front and rear parking sensorsHDD satellite navigation
Head up DisplayPower boot closing
Push button starterRear cross traffic alert
Rear view cameraService interval indicator
Speed sensitive power steering 

Entertainment

12.3" colour touch-screen display17 speakers
Auxiliary input socketDAB Digital radio
DVD SystemMark Levinson premium audio
Steering wheel mounted audio/telephone controlsUSB connection

Exterior Features

Adaptive front lighting systemAdaptive high beam assist
Bi-Xenon headlightsBody colour bumpers
Door mirror memoryElectric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
Electric front/rear windows/one touch operationElectrochromatic rear view mirror
Electrochromic door mirrorsFollow me home headlights
Headlight washersLED daytime running lights
LED fog lightsRain sensor windscreen wipers
Rear spoiler 

Interior Features

18 way electric adjustable front seats5 headrests
Active head restraintsAdvanced multicolour ambient light and LED interior light
Aluminium scuff platesClean air filter
Driver and passenger seat memoryDual zone automatic climate control
Electrically multi-adjustable power tilt + telescopic steering wheelFront armrest
Gearshift paddlesHeated and ventilated front seats
Illuminated entry systemIsofix child seat preparation
Leather steering wheelLumbar support
Manual rear side sunblindsRear armrest
Rear climate/ventilation control on centre armrestRear electric sunblind
Rear seat heatingSemi-aniline leather upholstery

Safety

ABS/EBDActive Traction Control (TRC)
Brake assistDriver and passenger airbags
Driver and passenger side airbagsDrivers knee airbag
Electronic parking brakeFront and rear curtain airbags
Front and rear outer seat belt pre-tensionersHill start assist
Passenger knee airbagThree 3 point rear seatbelts
Traction controlTyre pressure warning
WHIPS whiplash protection system - front 

Security

AlarmDouble locking
ImmobiliserSmart key entry system
Speed dependent central locking 

Technical

Adaptive variable suspensionVehicle Dynamics Integrated Management
Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) 

Wheels

18" 18 spoke alloy wheelsSpace saver spare wheel
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)113Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC2494Compression Ratio13.0:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)90Cylinders - Stroke (mm)98
Engine LayoutNORTH SOUTHFuel DeliveryMULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears1 SPEEDNumber of Valves16
TransmissionAUTO 

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)57.6EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)58.9EC Urban (mpg)56.5

General

Badge Engine CC2.5Badge Power223
Coin DescriptionhCoin SeriesPremier
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0733EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3Service Interval Frequency - Months12
Service Interval Mileage10000Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)9.2Engine Power - BHP223
Engine Power - KW166Engine Torque - LBS.FT221
Engine Torque - MKG31Engine Torque - NM300
Top Speed119 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueSpace Saver?True
Tyre Size Front235/45R18Tyre Size Rear235/45R18
Tyre Size SpareSPACE SAVERWheel Style18 SPOKE
Wheel Type18" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1455Length4850
Wheelbase2850Width1840

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)66Gross Vehicle Weight2265
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)451Max. Loading Weight530
Max. Towing Weight - Braked500Minimum Kerbweight1735
No. of Seats5Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.6
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Lexus GS

Think Lexus GS hybrid and you'll probably recognise the GS 450h but now there's another, more economical option on the table in the form of the GS 300h. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

The Lexus GS series hasn't exactly been a nailed-on cert in the executive saloon sector, with the likes of the Audi A6, the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes E Class to contend with. The latest GS 300h hybrid poses some questions on running costs that have the German establishment looking very uncomfortable.

Background

Don't mention the d-word at Lexus. Lexus doesn't do diesel. It flirted with diesel power rather unconvincingly in the IS compact executive models but the company is now firmly convinced that petrol/electric hybrids offer all the benefits and none of the downsides of a diesel motor. The problem was, in its GS range, the only hybrid you could buy was the vastly powerful and correspondingly expensive GS 450h model; not a car that would really appeal to the driver looking to trim costs a bit. So step forward the GS 300h, a car that makes a great deal of sense. It's a bit less powerful, but a good deal more economical and if you've got an eye on the amount of tax you pay on your company car, it's a winner all the way. Lexus looked to have shot itself in the foot by not developing a competitive diesel engine. Now it seems to be having the last laugh.

Driving Experience

The Lexus GS 300h is interesting insofar as it doesn't share the same engine as the other 2.5-litre petrol model in the range, the GS 250. Here you get a slightly smaller powerplant that is shared with the Japanese market Toyota Crown and it makes a relatively modest 178bhp at 6000rpm. Peak torque is created at between 4,500 and 5,400rpm, so to get the full 221Nm, you need to put a few revs on the clock. A performance model this is not, especially when you consider that you're lugging a kerb weight of around 1,750kg. Still, it'll reach 62mph in 9.2 seconds which isn't disastrous and will get to a top speed of 119mph. The revised chassis is much more rigid compared to the old GS and this, coupled with a track that's wider by 40mm at the front and 50mm at the rear, allows the uprated suspension to offer better cornering performance. The front suspension features aluminium upper and lower control arms with larger bushings while the rear end gets an entirely redesigned subframe to house a lightweight multi-link setup. One benefit of the stiffer platform and lighter components is that the shock absorbers can use lighter viscosity oil, responding faster to subtle driver inputs.

Design and Build

The fourth generation GS is a more confident piece of design than any that have gone before it. While it's not quite swaggering, it's not hiding its light under a bushel. The front 'spindle' grille is a design touch that will feature on all new Lexus models and combines with deep-set headlights and L-shaped LED daytime running lights. The bulging wheel arches give the car a less slab-sided look than its predecessors and emphasis the muscularity of the design. A short front overhang also helps promote an impression of dynamism. Move round to the back and you'll find a bumper assembly that features a diffuser and aero fins to help control underbody airflow. Glass flake paintwork is also offered, with an almost high-definition look to its metallic finish. The cabin looks even more special and unlike previous generations of the GS, it looks as if a real effort has gone into the styling rather than a concentration on function to the detriment of aesthetics. The layout of the long, sculpted dash gives the driver and front passenger a sense of roominess through its clean centre stack and large high-resolution display screen. Most of the comfort and convenience controls such as audio and climate are relocated to provide a cleaner and more sophisticated dash layout. Redesigned seats and changes to the steering column give more space and better comfort as well as improved forward visibility to the driver. The door openings offer easier entry and exit and boot access is improved with a wider, deeper opening. Even with the hybrid batteries to house, the GS 300h still retains a very respectable boot capacity of 451-litres.

Market and Model

You'll need a £32,000 budget for the entry-level SE version and the range then steps up through Luxury and F Sport models, topping out with the Premier trim for which a £45,000 budget is needed. Essentially, you're looking at a £7,500 saving if you go for this 178bhp GS 300h rather than the 286bhp GS 450h model in the same spec. The GS 300h model's same 178bhp petrol/electric hybrid engine is used in the smaller BMW 3 Series-sized Lexus IS 300h but a comparably-specced version of one of those would save you just £2,000 over this GS. In terms of trim levels, the SE is the one to go for is you're really serious about shaving your tax bill, as its 17-inch wheels just do enough to squeak it into a lower tax bracket than its siblings. It's pretty well equipped even though it is the base model, customers getting 10 airbags, electric steering wheel adjustment, a 12-speaker sounds system with DAB radio and DVD player, cruise control, push button start, parking sensors HID (xenon) headlamps, and electrically adjustable, heated front seats. Leading options will be Lexus Premium Navigation, with a 12.3-inch display, and leather upholstery (including heating/ventilation front seat functions). That lot wouldn't look out of place on a German rival range-topper but if you want more, Lexus will certainly oblige. Extra items in the Luxury trim include leather upholstery, navigation, 18-inch alloys and a Blind Spot Monitor pack with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, while the F Sport adds features such as exterior and interior styling elements, perforated leather sports seats, 10-spoke 19-inch wheels and Adaptive Variable Sports Suspension. At the top of the range, the GS 300h Premier features a Mark Levinson 17-speaker stereo system, 18-way electric front seat adjustment with memory, a new colour head-up display, AVS and LED fog lamps.

Cost of Ownership

The GS 300h stands or falls on its running costs. Lexus looked confident at the car's launch and it's hard to argue with their optimism. This car really can put a lick on many of its diesel rivals on the balance sheet. The bald figures of 109g/km of carbon dioxide (for the SE model at least) and a combined fuel economy figure of 60.1mpg would be impressive for a family hatch. That they're the numbers generated by a full-sized and well-equipped executive car is nothing less than remarkable, as indeed is the GS 300h's strength versus its rivals. And Audi A6 Hybrid is £12,000 more expensive gets 145g/km and will saddle a 40% tax payer with a tax demand of more than £2,000 per year more than the Lexus. Even a basic Audi A6 SE 2.0 diesel will cost more than a grand a year more than the Lexus when your accountant does the sums for the Chancellor. Lexus really has got its sums right here.

Summary

The Lexus GS 300h instantly becomes the most compelling model in the whole GS range. It might be the slowest and it's certainly not the most exciting, but if you want a well featured car that keeps a lid on running costs, it's a real contender. In F Sport guise it's a bit of a sheep in wolf's clothing, but the entry-level SE model makes the best economy numbers and looks the best value proposition. Where Lexus has traditionally come a bit adrift is when put up against the very best Germany has to offer, but the GS 300h has little to worry about from the hybrid models developed by BMW, Audi and Mercedes. In terms of both price and efficiency, the GS 300h is extremely hard to beat. It's no great ball of fire, but do you really buy a Lexus GS for its sporting prowess? This car is a great antidote to the stresses of today's driving conditions. It's relaxing and encourages a laid-back attitude in its driver. The fact that it's so cost-effective only adds to its sense of satisfied contentment. And that's a quality that's hard to put a value on.

Performance
60%
Handling
70%
Comfort
80%
Space
70%
Styling
70%
Build
80%
Value
80%
Equipment
80%
Economy
90%
Depreciation
70%
Insurance
70%

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

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Monthly payment£370
Deposit£2400
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate4.6%
Cash price£23,998
Credit amount£21,598
Completion fee£1
Guaranteed future value£9661
Total amount payable£29,452
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge6.68p per mile
Representative APR8.9%
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