2005 Lexus IS 250 SE 2.6 petrol from UK and Ireland


Over-hyped new model not class leader


Rattle in the dash. Rattle in the passenger door (b pillar)

General Comments:

Good engine gearbox. But road noise and hard ride detract from the car.

Not as well built as I expected with the rattles starting within minutes of collecting the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th March, 2006

29th Mar 2006, 15:15

It is obvious that you have a bias against Lexus. Quite understandable since this manufacturer has toppled on its head the whole idea of Luxury cars. The Is 250/350 are simply stunning in design and execution. As a proud owner of the IS 250 AWD version I am simply blown away the integrity of its engineering and commitment to quality. I will never give BMW or Mercedes a second look from now on. Their cars seem outdated and although the 3 series is a fantastic car, its interior is stark and depressing. Mercedes quality is now a potential threat to anyone's pocketbook after you have owned the car for 2 years or more.

Lexus convert.