2014 (14) Lexus Is 300h F-Sport 4dr CVT Auto

Ayr Toyota
Only £18,988
£3798 deposit
£305.83 per month

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Analogue clockBluetooth telephone connectivity
Cruise controlDrive mode selector
Dusk sensorElectric power steering
Front/rear Parking distance controlPush button starter
Trip computer 

Entertainment

6 speakersDAB Digital radio
Radio/CD 

Exterior Features

Door mirror puddle lightsElectric front/rear windows
Electric/heated/folding door mirrorsElectrochromatic rear view mirror
Electrochromic door mirrorsF-Sport styling kit
Headlight washersHID headlights + LED daytime running lights
LED brake lightsLED fog lights
Rain sensitive windscreen wipers 

Interior Features

3 spoke multi-function steering including paddle shift60/40 split folding rear seat
8 way electric adjust front seatsAluminium sports pedals
Driver's lumbar supportDual climate control air conditioning system
Fabric/Tahara synthetic leather upholsteryFront armrest
Front headrestsFront sports seats
Heated front seatsIsofix standard child seat restraint mounting
Leather steering wheel and gear knobRake/reach adjustable steering wheel
Rear armrest with 2 cupholdersRear headrests
Steering wheel gearshift paddles 

Safety

3 point rear seatbeltsABS+EBD+Brake assist
Active bonnetCurtain airbags
Driver and passenger airbagsDrivers knee airbag
Hill start assist control (HAC)Passenger airbag deactivate switch
Passenger knee airbagSide airbags
Traction controlTyre pressure monitoring system

Security

ImmobiliserIntrusion sensor and alarm
Smart keyless entry 

Technical

Sports suspensionVDIM
Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) 

Trim

Titanium finish trim 

Wheels

18" 10 spoke alloy wheelsTyre repair kit
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)109NOx0.0021
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 5 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC2494Compression Ratio13.0:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)90Cylinders - Stroke (mm)98
Fuel DeliveryMULTI POINT FUEL INJECTIONGears1 SPEED
Number of Valves16TransmissionAUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)60.1EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)57.6EC Urban (mpg)57.6

General

Badge Engine CC2.5Badge Power223
Coin DescriptionhCoin SeriesF-Sport
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0733ENCAP Adult Occupant Protection %91
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %85NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %80NCAP Safety Assist %66
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)8.4Engine Power - BHP223
Engine Power - KW164Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM6000Engine Torque - LBS.FT221
Engine Torque - MKG31Engine Torque - NM300
Engine Torque - RPM4400Top Speed125

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front225/40 R18
Tyre Size Rear255/35 R18Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style10 SPOKEWheel Type18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1430Length4665
Wheelbase2800Width1810
Width (including mirrors)2027 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)66Gross Vehicle Weight2145
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)450Max. Loading Weight525
Max. Towing Weight - Braked750Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked750
Minimum Kerbweight1620No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.4
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 IS

The Lexus IS long had the air of 'under-confident also-ran' about it. You certainly couldn't say that of the third generation model. Jonathan Crouch checks out the IS 250 variant.

Ten Second Review

The MK3 Lexus IS aims to have what it takes to beat its BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class rivals. In conventional 2.5-litre V6 petrol IS 250 guise, it can't quite do that - but it's still a desirable thing.

Background

It would be easy to list what was wrong with the last second generation Lexus IS model. Off the top of my head, I'd nominate the underwhelming diesel engine, the lack of space in the back, the off-pace emissions and economy figures and interior styling that lacked any great sense of occasion. Yet quality was something the IS had in spades. Deeply engineered quality, rather than merely the superficialities of soft-touch plastics and solid door slam sounds. It was reliable. Well sorted. Thorough. That's not enough to generate the sort of showroom appeal to level with the likes of Mercedes, Audi and BMW though. So when Lexus had a third crack at the IS, it came up with something radically different. Something more assertive, which didn't need to try and copy its German rivals. The latest IS is defiantly Japanese and all the better for it. In other words, it's a car that might well have finally come of age. The efficiency merits of the hybrid IS 300h variant are well documented. But how will it fare without these in more affordable but much more conventional 204bhp 2.4-litre V6 petrol IS 250 guise?

Driving Experience

Lexus will offer you a pair of engines in this IS and they're both 2.5-litre petrol units, though that's where the similarity ends. The more conventional of the two is found in the IS 250 model we're looking at here, powered by a 2.5-litre V6 developing 204bhp and driving the rear wheels via an ordinary mechanical six-speed automatic transmission. It's a pleasant enough thing, with decent refinement and crisp acceleration that'll see you to 62mph in 8.1s en route to 140mph - but you'll almost never see one. These days you see, few people buy thirsty V6 petrol engines in cars like this - which is why the UK importers aren't offering the 3.5-litre V6 variant you can buy in the States. It all means that in the UK at least, the IS 250 feels like a bit of a makeweight in the range. Still, you can have a reasonable amount of fun driving it - if you make good use of the standard 'Drive Mode Select' system, a set-up that tweaks engine output, throttle response, gearshift times and even air conditioning functionality through four main settings. There's 'Normal' if you want to leave the software to do its own thing but otherwise, you can select 'Eco' (for efficiency), 'Snow' (for slippery roads) or 'Sport' (for performance motoring that comes with the accompaniment of a red-tinged hue on the instrument panel ahead of you). Those likely to want to be selecting 'Sport' on a regular basis are the folk being targeted by a firmer-sprung and more dynamically-inclined F Sport variant. Even with ordinary trim though, I'd suggest this to be the best-handling Lexus I've ever experienced. Developed at the fearsome Nurburgring Nordschliefe, it tackles the bends really nicely thanks to a bodyshell 10% stiffer than that of the previous model and a redeveloped double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension design that decreases bodyroll by 25%.

Design and Build

There hasn't been a bad looking Lexus IS to date and the latest version continues that theme. You can see the lineage from the basic proportioning of the second generation car but everything is sharper, tauter and more muscular than before. It's a striking piece of metalwork. The front end features two different front grille treatments - a more sedate take on the Lexus spindle grille in the SE, Luxury and Premier trims and a bolder mesh grille on the F Sport variant. SE models get rather unremarkable 16-inch alloys, the Luxury models get smarter 17-inch rims while the Premier and F Sport versions ride on lovely 18-inch wheels, with five spokes in the case of the former and ten for the latter. The IS features a number of design cues first seen on the LF-CC concept car, including extrovert rear lights that swoop downwards into the flanks of the car and the top F-Sport variant's curved front spoiler. The interior features a chunky centre console and elements borrowed from other models in the Lexus range, such as the analogue inset clock and big LED display. It's a more conspicuously styled interior than the rather functional cabin of the second generation car and the mix of materials used as well as the contrasts of colour and texture generate a far more upmarket feel. Design literacy is taken for granted in this sector.

Market and Model

The IS 250 undercuts its hybrid stablemate by around £3,000, which means pricing that starts at around the £27,000 mark. If you want sporty F Sport trim, there's a £4,000 premium. Lexus customers never go short of equipment and even the entry-level IS has a quota of extras that can put German rivals to shame. You might want to upgrade the SE's 16-inch alloys but otherwise, it's doubtful you'll be disappointed with the Drive mode select system (with Normal, Eco & Sport settings), cruise control, a smart entry and start system, dual zone air climate control and power-fold heated mirrors. Then there are HID headlights with dusk sensing, eight airbags, a DAB digital radio with Bluetooth connectivity and 60/40 split fold rear seats. That makes the sticker price seem remarkable value compared to a BMW 320i Luxury, which gets a smaller 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and still costs over £2,000 extra. Step up to the Lexus IS Luxury trim and you'll find Lexus Park Assist, rain-sensing wipers and those 17-inch alloy wheels. The Premier models meanwhile, really do get all the gear thrown at them and are priced accordingly - from just over £35,000. Here you get auto folding door mirrors, eight-way power-assisted leather seats with heating and ventilation, an electrically operated steering column and some really tasty infotainment functions. These include a 7-inch full hard disk-based sat-nav system with rear view camera and dynamic services and a Mark Levinson 15-speaker stereo with 5.1 channel surround sound. The top F Sport variant meanwhile, gets sports suspension with a lateral damping system, a sports body kit, instrument meters styled on those used by the Lexus LFA supercar, aluminium pedals and F-Sport leather trim for the steering wheel and gear stick.

Cost of Ownership

As we've said, two engines are on offer to IS buyers. Both deliver similar outputs but one costs nearly twice as much to run as the other. No prizes then, for guessing which unit will mop up the most sales. It won't be the 2.5-litre petrol V6 you'll find in the IS 250. This engine may be creamy smooth and slightly more efficient than it was when plumbed into the previous generation IS but its figures - 32.8mpg on the combined cycle and 199g/km of CO2 - still struggle in the modern era. And get worse than that if you choose an upper-spec variant with bigger wheels. Insurance groupings range between 31 and 33. Residual values of the IS have always been good, propped up by the model's brilliant reliability and customer satisfaction metrics, as well as modest insurance ratings. This version looks set to continue that form line.

Summary

In third generation form, the Lexus IS is a bigger, more confident car that looks smarter and drives better. Plus, as before, it's very well equipped and beautifully built, with dealer back up which is second to none. None of which will help the IS 250 2.5-litre petrol V6 variant we've been looking at here be any more than a minority choice when it comes to this car. The running costs see to that. Still, if you're a little jaded with the three main choices in the compact executive saloon sector. In other words, if you simply don't want yet another BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class or Audi A4, then here's a different way to go. It's a choice that doesn't punish you too much for a bit of individuality, whether that be dynamically, financially or merely through having your decision-making called into question. That's what Lexus hopes to have provided with this third generation IS. Perhaps there is a fourth way after all.

Performance
60%
Handling
70%
Comfort
80%
Space
60%
Styling
80%
Build
80%
Value
80%
Equipment
90%
Economy
40%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
70%

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Monthly payment£305.83
Deposit£3798
Term (months)60
Cash price£18,988
Credit amount£15,190
Completion fee£1
Total amount payable£22,148.80
Fixed interest rate4.1%
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