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Our fleet: Lexus IS 300h 2.5 SE - February 2014

Lexus
BIK List Price
£29,440
Lexus IS BIK list price
BIK Percentage
12%
Lexus IS BIK Percent
CO2
99g/km
Lexus IS CO2
Combined MPG
65.7
Lexus IS MPG

Review

I'm still undecided about the eight-way joystick in the IS 300h, which is used to control the media system.

It can be moved around like a mouse, with a place to rest your hand, and I find it more comfortable than having to reach back to twist a wheel as I had to do in the Mercedes C-Class.

It also seems to be quicker to move through the functions.

But when it comes to typing an address in the sat-nav it’s frustratingly fiddly.

Which brings me on to my second niggle with the IS 300h: the sat-nav itself.

Although standard on the top-of-the-range Premier grade, on our entry-level SE model it’s a £1,995 optional extra.

At that price I had high expectations, but it’s simply not as user-friendly as many other sat-navs.

There are two pages of options for setting your destination, for example. Selecting the ‘address’ option on the first page doesn’t include a postcode as you might expect. Instead, the postcode setting is a separate option, tucked away on the second page of the destination options.

There’s also no obvious mute button. Instead you have to go into the set-up options to turn the sat-nav voice off – something you’ll want to do because when driving round town centres the sat-nav alternates between two different voices.

And it appears to be sensitive to queuing traffic, often warning of queues a few miles ahead that never materialise.

But I’m willing to forgive the IS 300h for its sat-nav foibles because there are so many other things I like about it, such as the comfy seats, the sharpness of the image of its reversing camera image and its refined drive.

Top Speed
125mph
Lexus IS Top Speed
VED band
A
Lexus IS Ved
Fuel Type
Hybrid
Lexus IS Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £11,050
4 Year 80k : £8,300
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 43.01
4 Year 80k : 39.40

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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