Lexus IS200 car review by Jason Dawe

26 Aug 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Lexus IS200 car review by Jason Dawe

Between them it’s BMW, Mercedes and Jaguar two hundred years to become prestige car brands. Lexus achieved a similar task in than 14 years.

Created not by a entrepreneur or visionary engineer, was the brain child of a corporate department. The objective was clear, to a brand that allowed to sell re-badged cars for car money.

Today not only can charge prestige money for its when new but they also prestige money when second hand. And the best of the is also the smallest, the Lexus IS

Introduced into the UK in March it immediately won fans from BMW and with its generous equipment The entry level ‘S’ model automatic climate control, wheels, traction control, door mirrors, front and airbags and 6 disc CD player. up to the SE and you added an electric sunroof, upholstery and larger 17 inch

Lexus also offered a model, easily identified by the tint to the rear windows, but no more performance than its brothers, all cars were by a smooth 2.0 litre, 6-cyliner a hardly sporty 153bhp.

To transfer that power to the wheels you can choose either a 6 manual or 4 speed automatic Fans of automatic transmission may be with only four to choose from the gear box is caught out leaving the driver in a flat spot, absent of In contrast the manual gearbox is a gem a short slick change the use of all six speeds and helping the car to an average of 30

In August 2001 Lexus the IS300 with a 3 litre 24 unit producing a very 211bhp. But at nearly Ј5,000 than an equivalent 2.0 SE the IS300 has in pretty low numbers and used are both difficult and expensive to

Compared with other in this segment like the BMW 3 Jaguar X-Type and Mercedes C-class, the dashboard of the Lexus IS is radical, the inter linking are more akin to a divers face than an executive but in use they are easy to read and to look at. The rest of the dash is finished if a little plastic. seats are supportive and well with the IS300 gaining adjustment.

Rear legroom is on a par with the in class and the boot is also large.

Lexus offer the of Satellite Navigation on all IS models, over Ј2,000 when used car buyers will have to pay about Ј400 And for that money you get one of the clearest, and most effective systems

The Lexus brand prides on the reliability of their cars and the IS has this promise, consistently well in customer satisfaction and surveys. Servicing from the UK of 57 dealers is once a year or 10,000miles which ever is with major services due second year.

Check the following

Climate – standard on all cars, must icy cold

Manual 6-speed box an absolute gem, but 4 speed fails to impress

Alloy – 17 inch on all but base model 2.0 S

– discs front and rear, ABS and control also standard

windows – darker ‘privacy’ on Sport and IS300 models

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