The cabin of the GS450h F Sport continues the dynamic theme of the exterior, with the last part of the car’s designation bringing a flood of sporty elements inside the car.
Once you open the door and go past the special entry sill, you’ll notice the extravagant pedals
, as well as the perforated leather on the steering wheel and gearshift lever
In fact, the dedicated F Sport leather upholstery also covers the seats. And these aren’t any seats - they use complex shapes that accentuate the cocoon feeling offered by the rest of the cabin and are 16-way power adjustable, with heating and ventilation.
The aforementioned feeling is combined with a certain degree of focus on the driver, which is not just achieved through the sporty controls, but also with the help of the Head Up Display, albeit an unit that feels old.
The interior ambiance is given a final touch by the black headliner and the aluminum trimming.
However, unless the driver makes adjustment each time he starts the car, he isn't treated with a rev counter, receiving an instrument
that displays how the energy is used. Like we said, you can transform this into a rev counter
, but only if you choose to enter the sporty area of the car's Drive Mode Select System.
The F Sport pack plays its part well and it is accompanied by other assets of the cabin, such as the generous space and the good visibility. And if you’d expect the cabin of a car that belongs to this segment to be spacious, we couldn’t say the same thing about the boot, but this offered us a pleasant surprise.
The luggage capacity of hybrid vehicles is usually crippled by the battery pack, but the GS450h proves to be a brilliant exception. The vehicle can swallow 465 liters, compared to a non-hybrid GS, which has a boot capacity of 530 liters (cu. ft.). Thanks to the F Sport trim, the lid can be closed using electric assistance.
The interior also has a dark side, one that starts with the ergonomics. It takes a certain amount of time to get used to all the buttons and controls, but the real issue comes from the Lexus Remote Touch Interface. This uses a controller that mimics the moves of a computer mouse, but, unlike its previous version, you can’t navigate freely, as you have to use pre-determined areas of the screen. This defeats the purpose of simulating mouse movements, which made Lexus' feature unique and easy to use after a short period of getting used to.
The F Sport pack brings a 12.3-inch display
inside the car, but the graphic interface looks outdated. This problem is shared with some of the interior plastics, which make the car feel a little old from the first moments you climb aboard. The negative elements manage to cancel many of the benefits of the other interior parts, keeping the car from impressing you.Continue reading