Lexus IS

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Launched in 2013, the current Lexus IS range of compact executive saloons’ remit is the same as it was when the first generation appeared back in 1999 – to be an alternative to the likes of the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

  • Lexus IS C (09-12)
  • Lexus IS F (08-12)
  • Lexus IS Saloon (05-12)
  • Lexus IS Sport Cross (01-05)
  • Lexus IS Saloon (99-05)

Launched in 2013, the current Lexus IS range of compact executive saloons’ remit is the same as it was when the first generation appeared back in 1999 – to be an alternative to the likes of the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Today’s Lexus IS range is saloon-only, comprising of petrol-engined IS250 models, and petrol-electric hybrid IS300h versions. From launch the hybrid versions claimed impressive fuel efficiency of 67mpg, combined with very low CO2 emissions of 97g/km. If you hunt out a second generation Lexus IS you’ll also find diesel-powered versions, badged IS220d.

As cars in this market sector go, it’s especially distinctive, with a large ‘spindle’-shaped grille and styling creases all over the bodywork. At the front the LED day running lights sit separately in the bumper, shaped like ticks below the headlights.

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Most Popular New and Used Model Reviews

Lexus IS Saloon 2013 on

3.8 out of 5
Lexus IS Saloon 2013 on

New price range:
£33,265 - £41,585

Used price range:
£5,752 - £34,608

  • Hybrid powertrain means low running costs
  • Quiet and refined drive
  • Different from the norm
  • Petrol engine not very efficient
  • Poor performance
  • Doesn’t handle as well as rivals

Lexus IS Sport Cross 2001 - 2005

3.5 out of 5
Lexus IS Sport Cross 2001 - 2005

New price range:
£22,202 - £31,002

Used price range:
£558 - £3,380

Durable and as fun to drive as the saloon
Not as practical as 'traditional' estates

Lexus IS F 2008 - 2012

4 out of 5
Lexus IS F 2008 - 2012

New price range:
£57,351 - £58,371

Used price range:
£9,427 - £24,980

Astonishing pace, great V8 soundtrack, plenty of standard kit
Doesn't look particularly aggressive, hard ride, not involving enough

Lexus IS Competitors

BMW 3-Series

BMW 3-Series

Audi A4

Audi A4