Used Lexus IS F (2008 - 2012) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 18 Sep 2013
4
Lexus is better known for luxury and refinement rather than performance so the IS F represents a first for the Japanese company. The hardcore saloon is designed to take on the likes of the BMW M3 and Mercedes C63 AMG and with a 5.

Lexus IS F (08-12)
Astonishing pace, great V8 soundtrack, plenty of standard kit
Doesn't look particularly aggressive, hard ride, not involving enough

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

Lexus is better known for luxury and refinement rather than performance so the IS F represents a first for the Japanese company. The hardcore saloon is designed to take on the likes of the BMW M3 and Mercedes C63 AMG and with a 5.0-litre V8 under the bonnet it certainly has the right credentials. Like its German rivals it has a rear-wheel drive set-up but it's not as engaging to drive nor does it have the same badge kudos - it's also pricey.

However with limited numbers coming to the UK exclusivity is assured. In 2010 Lexus updated the IS-F with new interior options including new sat nav system and white leather, a new metallic blue colour option and a limited slip differential that is ideal for track day driving.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

4.5 out of 5

Handling

3.5 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

2 out of 5

Green credentials

1.5 out of 5

Buying used

3 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

4.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 4 doors + good sized boot. Drives like an ordinary saloon until you push it past 3500rpm  

5 out of 5

L Taylor ,   19 Jun 2011    ... read more

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