2012 Lexus GS250 review — What Car?

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Lexus GS 250

2012 Lexus GS250

The new Lexus GS is the fourth generation of the large executive saloon

The GS’s styling might not out next to that of rivals as the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series . but the unusual line-up does. Most saloons come with a of petrol and diesel engines, but GS are limited to a 2.5-litre V6 in the GS250 and a V6 linked to an electric motor in the GS450h.

This is our first to drive the entry-level GS250 in the UK. Prices start at £32,995.

What’s the Lexus GS250 to drive?

We drove a GS250 model, which comes conventional springs and dampers. The top two get an adaptive damping system, can be switched between suspension

Lexus GS is a big car and feels its size on the

The ride on the standard set-up is compliant, and copes well bumpy UK roads. Lexus the new GS is more entertaining and sportier the previous model, but it’s at its on the motorway, where it’s a and comfortable cruiser.

Head off the motorway, though, and the GS every bit the large saloon. aware of its weight shifting through corners, and even you pull out of junctions. The vague doesn’t help matters.

has a six-speed automatic gearbox as

The 2.5-litre V6 feels strained building up speed, which surprising given that it has 186lb ft of torque to call on. The sounds boomy when and the six-speed automatic gearbox is to drop down a gear, keeps noise levels

What’s the Lexus GS250 inside?

The GS’s interior lives up to its Lexus’s luxury status: the majority of the cabin look and feel the part and quality is excellent. Some of the controls have a disappointingly dated, feel, however.

space is good, but not as generous as in rivals. Taller rear-seat might find headroom a tight. Over-the-shoulder visibility great, either, although the is helped out by a blindspot-monitoring system, is standard on all but entry-level SE cars.

Touch system is fiddly to use

All GS models get electric driver’s and steering wheel adjustment, a DAB parking camera and climate

The cabin’s least appealing is the Remote Touch Interface, is standard for Luxury and F Sport You navigate the multimedia screen a computer mouse-style button isn’t particularly easy to even switching between bands is tricky.

Lexus GS 250

Should I buy

Most executive cars are with diesel engines: the petrol engine is desperately by comparison. CO2 emissions of 207g/km put it the 32% company car tax bracket and average economy is just 31.7mpg.

Its closest rival, the BMW 520i averages 44.1mpg and, to CO2 emissions of 149g/km, sits in the 20% tax

Figures for the BMW 520d automatic even more alarming it returns 58.9mpg, CO2 emissions of and falls into the 19% tax category.

for the GS250 start at £32,995 – more than a 520d SE Once you’ve totted up ownership costs, it makes the very hard to recommend.

GS450h models are better to faster and have lower but prices start at £44,995.

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