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Video Review - Lexus IS 300 2.0 (A)
13 Jan 2021  |  Lexus Reviews
The Lexus IS is one premium compact sedan that offers plenty of understated elegance. Should you get one or any of its German rivals?
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Comparison Tests:
Jaguar XE vs Lexus IS vs Mercedes-Benz C-Class
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   Consumer Reviews of Lexus IS 300
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OVERALL RATING
 
3 Reviewers
4 out of 5
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Comfort
4/5 Reliability
4/5
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Handling
4/5 Features
4/5
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Exterior Styling
5/5 Interior Design
3/5
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Value for money
4.5/5 Engine Performance
4/5
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3 Reviews

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bemywife
Clutched
4 reviews
6 points
9 forum posts Joined on 29-Sep-2019
Direct competitor to the BMW 3 series  Posted on 18 Dec 2020
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Comfort 3/5 Reliability 3/5
Handling 4/5 Features 3/5
Exterior Styling 5/5 Interior Design 3/5
Value for money 4/5 Engine Performance 4/5
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Review
Although technically a facelift version, it is significantly improved over its predecessor.
The exterior design is definitely very sporty, with its sculptured bodylines and very low front end. Interior also feels sporty once you are in the driver's seat.
The seats provide reasonable support when driving fast, but it's a bit narrow for my large hips and thighs.
Rear headroom is tight with the sloping roofline, and the centre hump is quite high, making it a 2+2 sedan in real life.
There's Apple Car play, but it's not wireless. There is also no wireless handphone charging. No memory seat and no electric tailgate.
Touchscreen is large enough at 10.2 inches. Navigation is easy with either a touchpad or directly via touching the screen. It comes with built-in GPS.
Now come to driving dynamics. The car feels very smooth during pick-up and stopping, can rarely feel any jerkiness. In this respect, it wins most of the luxury continentals in its segment. However, one can still distinctly feel the road surfaces.
Acceleration feels not as quick as a car with this level of horsepower and torque. Push it hard and the engine sounds gruffy. Maybe some turbo lag.
In terms of handling, the steering feels direct and nicely weighted, and there is little body roll.
In terms of equipment level and technology, I think BMW 3 series is still better. Handling wise, I think it's a close fight, but I feel that the IS is a bit more sure-footed and feels more solid.
For its price, you are getting more meat as compared to its continental competitors. Those who want the prestige of a badge, should still choose the BMW or C-class. Those who value more uniqueness can go for this.

What I like
- Exterior design, very sporty and aggressive.
- Smoothness in picking up and stopping.
- Easy to use interface.
- Pricing is competitive relative to its rivals.
- Reliability of Lexus brand, but not sure about this model as it is still so new.

What I do not like
- Rear passenger space is relatively tight, not so comfortable for people who are 1.8m or above.
- Engine sounds gruffy when pushed hard.
- Equipment level is below that of its German rivals.

KeithChua_170442
Neutral Newbie
1 reviews
0 points
0 forum posts Joined on 03-May-2016
Just that one missing piece  Posted on 16 Dec 2020
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Comfort 5/5 Reliability 5/5
Handling 5/5 Features 5/5
Exterior Styling 5/5 Interior Design 5/5
Value for money 5/5 Engine Performance 4/5
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This is the first Japanese car I have owned and my previous ride is a 2L 4 Series. Lexus does look more aggressive in the recent make. While the horse power is much higher than my previous 4 series Lexus IS is a heavy car, a very heavy car. The handling is really good i have no complains about it but the torque can be very much improved, probably due to the weight I can't quite feel the horse power gain.

The cabin is very quiet, ride is extremely comfortable as well. If you are big on the driving experience BMW still tops if you can put up with its reliability issues.

What I like
Quiet Cabin
Comfortable suspension
Gear drop on paddle shifter, it doesnt drop gear by gear by from 8 to 5 and it is ready to go.
Carplay, Park hold, lane assist and many more fantastic features
10" display

What I do not like
Car acceleration can be better, slight lag on the throttle.
engine and exhaust note needs to sound better.

Wasteland
Neutral Newbie
16 reviews
0 points
0 forum posts Joined on 13-Jul-2019
An expected drive from a Lexus  Posted on 15 Dec 2020
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Comfort 5/5 Reliability 5/5
Handling 4/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 5/5 Interior Design 2/5
Value for money 5/5 Engine Performance 4/5
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First look at the car it will give please you. Overall it looks strong and muscular. The front grille has been extended all the way down to the lower bumper giving it a fierce look.

The interior of the car has not changed much. Its disappointing to see what has change outside and inside its still the same dated design.

Interior quality has not gone down as expected of a Lexus car. Since nothing much has change will not elaborate on it. However there is 1 thing I noticed on the new infotainment screen, when I view it from the drivers direction, it does not seem aligned to the drivers angle of view. Somehow it seems slanted.

Drive
The drive is excellent and expected from a luxury car. Quiet, refined and the acceleration is pretty good.

However because of the refinement, it does not give you a sports car feel during hard acceleration. Compared it to some of its competitors in terms of acceleration they can be miles apart.

The overall handling is good, the suspension gives a comfortable ride even in sports mode.

What I like
Very luxury drive but It still provides a sporty experience. Acceleration is pretty linear and smooth, do not expect a knock on the rear of your head against the head rest when you push the pedal to the metal, its tuned towards luxury experience.

What I do not like
Still same old interior, could have invested some effort in changing it.
Infotainment screen does not seem tilted to drivers angle vof view.

Engine response is more towards luxury feel, personally I prefer it abit more towards the explosive side.

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Lexus IS 300
4 stars - based on 3 reviews