2005 Lexus IS 350 Version S 3.5L V6 from Australia and New Zealand
4 door sports car
Fantastic performance from that 2GR-FSE; it can compete with STIs and EVOs, yet maintain its comfort and reliability.
Handling is good; it's the Version S model, so lowered suspension and tighter handling, yet it's still comfortable.
JDM Lexus, so it's a 2005 model, and has remote start which is quite cool.
It has a hard drive, which rips every time you put in a CD.
DVD works on the move.
The Mark Levinson audio system is stunning; easily one of the best audio systems I have ever heard.
The downside is most functions are in Japanese, however you get used to it.
Engine is great, makes a nice throaty noise thanks to an aftermarket intake. Sounds like a mini V8.
Fuel economy is 11.5km-12.5km per L for 306 HP - that is amazing. Barely need to use the throttle; why buy an underpowered IS250 which makes Tarzan noises, while this overpowered car can easily hit speed limits without breaking a sweat.
It's a grade 4.5 car from Japan. The interior was given a B, yet it's very clean. Exterior was an A; not one dent or scratch, and the paint is in amazing condition.
For a 10 year old car, I was utterly shocked when it was scanned to have not 1 fault.
The Lexus dealer asked for the car to come in for a free checkup, only for the IS350 model; they gave me a new IS, so dealer gets 10/10.
I didn't get this treatment from the local BMW dealer, nor was the younger 335i ever as reliable as the Lexus. Hence getting rid of the 335i for the IS350.
IS350 won't handle like the 335i around the track, yet as an allrounder the IS350 wins hands down; 300+ HP, plenty of torque, reliable gearbox and electronics. Good looks, good fuel economy. What's there to lose?
Not good rear leg room and a foot hand brake are the downsides.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th September, 2015