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Lexus IS-F saloon test review

By the CAR road team

Long Term

24 December 2009 10:00

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I’m afraid I’ve a bit lax with the Lex, or at least in you about it. The IS-F actually from the CAR car park in the autumn, when I’ve been things at a somewhat more pace.

After 12 months and miles at the wheel of a 170mph IS, I needed to calm down a The F was seriously quick, particularly 4500rpm when the two-stage system did its work and piped a more power to the wheels and a bassy growl into the

It was a great year, and not just of the ability to hit 62mph in 4.8sec. were surprises: regularly an indicated 30mpg from a on longer journeys (on a V8 M3 rival!), the back tyres last 20,000 miles and finding something went wrong keyless entry) even if it did fix by the next day.

I loved the IS-F’s dual the fact that you could around and let the eight-speed auto box do the when you wanted to relax and the seats offered comfort and in equal measure.

Lexus IS F

But the ride the non-adjustable dampers was dire, it me that you had to park up before the stability system, the short miles service intervals up the cost and I really missed the of my old Audi A6 Allroad. Obviously it be unreasonable to expect a small saloon to be as useful as a wagon the class above. But even its peers, the Lexus struggles, far less luggage space, a cabin and back seats don’t fold down to longer loads.

So on more than one occasion I had to a 140-mile round trip in our ’99 Focus when I to lug some big items. Don’t get me I like the old Ford, but it was a bit galling to leave a £50k car on the drive. a Clio breeze up my street winter while the rear-wheel Lexus floundered in the snow was no either.

It wasn’t snow that was to for the scrape on the front bumper (it me, either!) but came to the filling and painting the damage at office for a fraction of the price a would have charged. from that mishap, I incur any unexpected costs, the front tyres would lasted longer if they’d more evenly. Never did get to the of that one.

I really enjoyed the Lexus but if I had to spend on a sports saloon probably spend it on a BMW M3, providing I live with its massively fuel consumption. Predictable, I but the bigger boot, folding seats and softer ride have as much to do with my as its more interesting engine or flamboyant cornering style, a new limited slip diff should even things on count.

But don’t dismiss the Lexus out of If you’re in the market for an M3 or C63, the IS-F a try. It’s an different take on the sports concept and the most characterful yet.

By Chris Chilton

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