Our test drive started in a manner that threatens to become typical for more and more drivers - stuck in a traffic jam, on the outskirts of a large city. While the passenger was keeping himself amused by playing with the button that moves the instruments around in their cluster, we had time to notice that the golden tint of the side windows shares its hue with the trim around the dash air vents.
Since we observed that, you can imagine the level of boredom the jam put us through. Nevertheless, the Lexus IS 300h is one of those cars that does quite a lot to help you get over such moments.
You see, the aforementioned glass is part of a philosophy that allows the car to isolate you from what is or isn't going on outside. But this is not the kind of senseless isolation that could become bothering after a while. No. Here you feel spoiled.
We've been driving for fifteen minutes non-stop now, the clogged traffic is probably a thing of the past. As the boulevards reveal themselves, the IS 300h feels pretty sharp, ready to make us explore the city. The suspension and the steering, which have been customized for the F Sport model, make the car feel like a bit of a jogger on these streets.
An important part of this comes from the F Sport suspension. The adaptive setup on our test car offers enough comfort to be able to face those sides of the city where the asphalt needs to see a doctor.
And then there's the hybrid play - drive this sporty sedan the way you should treat any hybrid and you'll get an average of between mpg 4 and 5.5 l/100 km (59 – 43 mpg). Practice this sport for long enough and you'll become addicted to the sensation.
The idea is to keep charging your battery by planning your braking ahead and then to use its juice to run in EV mode. The latter means you'll have to keep the power needle below the half point of the Eco area and your speed below 43 mph (70 km/h). Not too hard then.
The visibility is within the class average and, aided by the front and rear sensors, as well as by the rear-view camera, you won't spent too much time on parking the Lexus IS.
The Lexus IS 300h has plenty of goodies to keep you engaged inside the city. And if you don't want to be bothered, the car is good enough to be able to play this role too.Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
At first, I though these Japanese were joking, but I think they're really taking themselves seriously. They actually think they can replace diesels with their lousy hybrids! I was starting to like Lexus, but now I hate them. I'll even give you a ton of reasons for which I would never-ever buy an IS.
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