Lexus IS information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about the compact executive saloon. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the IS car range. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.
The IS, Lexus’s smallest saloon, is up against the 3-series, A4 and C-class. Today it is only available as a four-door saloon; the previous convertible and estate versions are not on sale in the UK at this time. For more information on the Lexus IS, click on our further stories on the links below.
60sec road test
The IS is entirely consistent with the other Lexus saloons; in many ways, it feels like a junior GS/LS. The looks are maybe a touch sportier, a little closer to the spirit of the European compact execs it apes, with a little less stuffiness and conservatism of the larger Lexii. It is, naturally, available with a hybrid powertrain in the range-topping IS300h and this car mixes cheap running costs and tax ratings with an easy performance. But this Lexus is unusual in also offering a petrol-only model in the IS250. We’d recommend looking long and hard at the numbers before you make your choice; and remember that you will probably not get anywhere near the official economy figures of the hybrid. The interior is a nice place to sit, lifted by some very un-Lexus-like gimmicks such as the sliding instrument dials borrowed from the LFA supercar. Neat.
The one we’d buy
The one we’d avoid like the plague
Rivals to consider
Audi A4, BMW 3-series, Mercedes C-class
Captivating cabin, fresh change from Euro norm, quiet hybrid
Thrill-seekers will still turn to BMW et al