Why would you choose this over a 320d?
This was a loaner from the lease company for just over a month while my 320d was on order.
I really wanted to like it, but it's well off the pace of the BMW. The engine is laggy and unresponsive; dangerously so under 2000 RPM in my opinion. Although outright performance isn't bad, Lexus really need to drive a 3 series to understand just how responsive and willing a modern diesel can be. Struggled to get 40 MPG out of it too. The 320d that replaced this never gives me less than 50 MPG in the same usage pattern.
In other respects, it was an OK car, but completely unmemorable. White goods on wheels. This is OK on a sub-£10k econobox hatchback, but in this part of the market where people have a huge choice, or if buying privately are investing a significant sum of cash, it's just not good enough. In all the time I had it, there were only two things I thought it did better than the BM - ride quality and noise levels.
The reason the roads are full of German exec saloons is very clear to me, if this is the standard of the alternatives.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 15th July, 2012