2000 Lexus IS 200 SE 2.0 straight 6 from UK and Ireland
A bit more power and this car would be diamond
Nothing (except for some idiot smashing a tail light).
Smooooth as silk.
Kickin' sound system.
Some of the best looking standard alloys I've seen on any car.
Car jerks while making quick starts from traffic lights though. It's also too sluggish at lower revs... hit 4500rpm and it flies!! Redline comes up all too quickly though.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th January, 2001
15th Jan 2001, 18:25
Got mine 1 month ago - granite sky metallic, manual box. Love it to death! You have to paddle it a bit through the gears (but hey - isn't that what 6 gears is all about??!!) Get up through the rev range - it takes off. Superb car... and I have had a few BMW and Mercs in my time. No contest - all round winner.
28th Jan 2001, 15:05
Just bought mine. Fantastic car. Sure it doesn't have the power of a 323, 5 or 8, but I don't think that's the general idea. Judging by its price it's supposed to compete against 318's, C180's, C200's and maybe the new 320's. Even then it's still cheaper than all of these at an equivalent spec level and much faster (except the 320). If you want raw power from your Lexus then it's the IS300 you should wait for.
15th Feb 2004, 20:15
I was looking out for a new car after the sale of my beloved MX5. My driving experience of the IS200 is that it certainly feels like an MX5 with 4 doors. Pin sharp steering, high cornering limits, silky smooth engine. My only complain is the overly fussy looking interior and the lack of low down torque.
Feedback and some research from 3/3 of my mechanics here in Melbourne, Australia recommended this car over any other for mechanically reliability and affordable maintenance.
22nd Nov 2005, 06:21
Overpriced toyota altezza.