Car Reviews: Lexus IS200 Sport – The AA

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Lexus IS200

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High of mechanical refinement Understated unlikely to attract unwanted Chassis’ rear-drive layout for an enjoyable drive Build and long-term durability first


Some rear is sacrificed for increased bootspace of off-centre handbrake could be Audible reverse gear can be distracting Steering wheel’s of reach adjustment contrasts generous range of seat

Conceived as an alternative to traditional compact executive saloons, IS200 followed in the footsteps of the illustrious LS model by setting new in refinement. Conservatively styled, the appeals to a more … and one that doesn’t feel the to behave in a bold or brash to seek attention.

It may not have the heritage of a BMW 3 Series or the snob of a Mercedes C-Class, but there’s a lot to about Lexus’ IS200. As far as executive saloons go, the IS200 is of an underdog. Possessing neither of the attributes, class-conscious types it all to easy to dismiss the car before turning the key.

To do so is a big mistake, By virtue of its conservative looks and acclaimed reliability it appeals to buyers of a sensible disposition but there’s more to the IS200 meets the eye.

On paper the IS200’s 153bhp lacks the thrust of its Germanic – especially given the of a diesel in the range. In reality the willingness to rev and the car’s classic drive layout makes the a surprisingly entertaining car. so in Sport specification, where the limited slip differential a component more likely to be in a conventional sportscar – keen drivers more when negotiating corners in an manner.

Even if you don’t to take the IS200 by the scruff of its there’s much to like the car. Build quality is up to usual high standards, equipment levels. The former be a given across the executive but sadly it is not, making the feel extra special. As for the the Lexus shows how it should be

Positively brimming with kit electric everything to leather on all but the model, numerous airbags and a multi-CD sound system, the price is anything but daylight

Our verdict on the Lexus IS200

Dig deep beneath the IS200’s veneer and you’ll find a car more than willing to you a good time on a twisty The ‘baby’ Lexus may not boast the powerful engine range in fact, the only one is 2.0-litre unit – but the motor is smooth and eager to spin to its rev Like any other Lexus the cabin is a lesson in understatement and quality, while equipment and overall value for money its many rivals.


equipment is generous compared to rivals, making Lexus’ offering good value for if the toy count is important to you. a petrol-only fleet, the IS200 compete with rivals and diesel engines, though. economy and, if you’re a car driver, CO2 emissions could be but balanced against the purchase the overall cost is not that

Given the company’s reputation for reliable cars, unscheduled to the dealership are likely to be a thing of the All of which adds up to an attractive especially if you’re going to be the one the servicing bills.

Space and practicality

As far as compact saloons go the IS200 is a solid Space up front is good, there being enough and shoulder room for two adults to comfortable. Rear seat will, predictably, find there’s less room to with, although anyone of height and build will find long trips enough. The IS200’s boot easily swallow a week’s but odd-shaped items might difficult to load through the aperture.

Elsewhere, the car boasts a size glovebox, centre covered storage box and door Conveniently, the dash-top space for the sat-nav also doubles as a cubbyhole if you don’t opt for the guidance

Controls and display



Car safety

Just like the IS200’s long list of equipment, Lexus has chosen not to with the safety kit. the range, twin front, and curtain airbags come as And while not exactly the perfect car, Isofix child mounting points are also

Active safety measures run to the ABS plus electronic brakeforce (EBA) and brake assist There’s also a switchable control system, which its worth in slippery conditions but feels abrupt – a thing if you’re keen

Driver appeal

Lexus IS200

Although the same layout as the all-conquering 3 (front, longitudinal engine and drive), the IS200 boasts a forgiving ride and a better – the Sport specification a racecar-like short-throw shift. On the the IS200 is a willing performer; the is accurate and responsive and the car changes with a surprising eagerness.

Opt for the variant and grip and cornering is by a limited slip differential lowered rear suspension. And only being available a modest 2.0-litre petrol performance can be more than if you’re willing to rev the unit and change gear regularly no chore when mechanical is so good.

Family car appeal

car appeal

Quality and image

As a – it’s the luxury arm of – Lexus has achieved than certain long car makers in a fraction of the time. winning customer satisfaction Lexus products also do in security tests and boast levels of mechanical and interior quality. In an environment where 3 Series is the dominant car, who don’t subscribe to BMW’s driver-centric brand values view the IS200 as the intelligent


Front seat fare reasonably well the IS200; access is good but worth noting that the doors don’t open as as you’d expect. Given the compact nature, rear passengers inevitably have to through a smaller aperture to access to the cabin. Old or infirm will feel the pinch the however most people find it a significant inconvenience.

to the IS200’s boot is via a remote lever in the cabin or a button on the The overall loadspace is surprisingly and spacious for a car of this size, little in the way of wheel arch

Stereo and ICE (In car entertainment)

Lexus has been known to skimp on equipment, and the IS200 is no different. All get an impressive sounding combined and six-CD in-dash changer. centrally in the fascia, the unit a clear display, large and rotary controllers.

Only steering wheel-mounted are missing from an otherwise range of features. And although a cost option, Lexus’ satellite navigation system is considering if you cover a lot of unfamiliar The DVD-based unit includes a mounted display that up out of the fascia – ideal you want to keep your on the road.

IS200’s engine is a cruiser but also a willing when pushed hard

and trim

Predictably for a car in the executive, sector, metallic paint is a to insure solid future values and create a heightened of desirability. Dark colours the car’s reserved personality. Of the trim levels only the models comes with seats, with the SE and Sport in leather. Anyone with an eye on durability should pick the option over beige.

the former will make the feel a little dark, as the beige package includes an dual-tone fascia design.

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