Lexus IS Review from Japan

2008 Lexus IS 350 3.5/V6/direct injection with twin ports

Model year2009
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.5/V6/direct injection with twin ports Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance4500 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz W124

Summary:

The Maserati Quattroporte performance for VW Passat V6 price

Faults:

Nothing except a small dent on left side body panel.

General Comments:

I got this car in the autumn of last year. It cruises astonishingly fast, as well as smoothly as velvet.

Her 0-100km/h acceleration time is 5.2sec and 0-400m time is 14.2sec. It is roughly as fast as the BMW 740i with turbocharged 3.0L yielding 326bhp, and much faster than the Mercedes C350.

Along with it, best elapsed acceleration times are 13.5sec for 0-400m and 5.0sec for 0-97km/h according to a major American media. So well run-in example of this car could be as fast as the Mercedes E550 (5467cc/388hp) and the BMW750iL (4398cc/407hp with twin turbochargers)!

So the Lexus IS350 could be called as a kind of giant killer. Namely its performance is almost miraculous for a naturally-aspirated 3.5-litres.

As for fuel economy, her average fuel consumption is about 10km/l, excellent for her output and performance. She's much more economical than the VW Passat 3.2 (3189cc/250hp) with about 9km/l consumption and roughly in same bracket as the Audi A4 2.0TFSI with 211hp motor and lesser performance!

Her handling is quite stable and predictable, albeit somewhat dull. Compared with the BMW335i, her handling is milder and feels comfortable for me. But her cross-wind stability is somewhat inferior to the likes of Audi A4 3.2 Quattro and VW Passat 3.2 4motion (All of these are full time 4WD based on FF.).

Her brakes are good and with solid feeling.

Its rear visibility is not so good, and rear view camera is somewhat inconvenient. And its space for backseat can be better, as wide as the BMW 3-series. Certainly the Mercedes C-Class offers much wider and more usable back space in similar size as the Lexus IS. Of course most FF sedans like the VW Passat and the Citroen C5 are much more spacious than the FR leagues;from the C-Class to the Lexus IS.

As a whole, her ergonomics are on the average level, with some points could be improved.

Paddle shift is not so easy to handle and somewhat abrupt.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th May, 2009

8th Jul 2009, 20:47

Lucky you! The IS350 is my dream car.

Average review marks: 9.0 / 10, based on 1 review