iafrica.com Driving impression: Lexus ES 250

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Lexus ES 250

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Ryan Bubear the local launch of the sixth-generation ES 250. Here are this after two days with the manufacturer’s latest offering.

luxury proposition. Is there such a thing in today’s of plush premium cars? by its very definition, luxury is but value-oriented? That’s like a modern-day politician as selfless. Or English as, well, English.

The juxtaposes seemingly contradictory doesn’t it?

But Lexus reckons this apparent oxymoron describes the latest addition to its of posh four-wheeled offerings. a new full-size luxury barge in the of the sixth-generation Lexus ES has reached African shores and it’s in the region of the popular German sedans.

Thing is, it’s Far larger. In fact, at 4.9 metres and with a wheelbase of over 2.8 the Lexus ES which shares its with the Toyota Avalon is one of the spacious sedans around. enough rear legroom to passengers well over the driver and front passenger ample space to stretch out there is a certain feeling of thanks to the cockpit’s design), and the compartment can hold a commendable 490 despite the presence of a full-size

And, as has become customary at the ES boasts a standard specification longer than a pathological nose. There’s the sort of one expects to find in such a such as leather trim, front seats, cruise dual-zone climate control, sound system, Bluetooth, side mirrors (with function), and keyless entry/starting as as some rather unanticipated The ES also features nifty extras such as a tilt-and-slide an electric rear sunshade, seats up front, a full system, a reversing camera, and a blind spot monitor a lane-change assist system).

So, how does Lexus manage to so much car for the money? Well, one of the reasons is to be found under lengthy bonnet. Unlike of the rest of the Lexus range the Germans mentioned earlier) the Prius-based CT 200h the ES 250 relies on a tame four-cylinder petrol (there’s also a slightly powerful, slightly greener ES 300h available on an order-only rather than a rear-wheel sonorous six-cylinder. This dual VVT-i engine up 135kW at 6000rpm and 235Nm at all of which is sent to the front

Of course, considering that the ES kerb weight is in the region of these power figures that the big sedan takes ten seconds to reach 100km/h standstill, before topping out at over 200km/h. But as we found out on the drive around various parts of the Western Cape more than enough on offer should the driver it. Overtaking manoeuvres can be completed ease and even hilly passes are no problem at all. In using a drive mode similar to that found in the IS and GS the ES 250’s responses can be tailored to the mood, with Eco, and Normal modes each unique throttle, steering and characteristics.

The suspension settings, however, affected by twists of the drive select knob. But while the is obviously and very effectively for comfort (thanks mostly to the rear suspension), the ES 250 still to feel at least reasonably through the bends, where little body-roll is experienced. The meanwhile, feels a touch but that’s due to the ES 250’s preference for over sportiness.

The six-speed also prefers a sedate style it shifts with a silkiness during normal conditions and the absence of steering paddle-shifters confirms that, in application, comfort certainly sportiness.

Lexus ES 250

The Lexus designers had a tough job on hands with this It’s no simple task a vehicle as lengthy as the ES look but they nevertheless managed to do a job. The now-familiar Lexus grille and arrowhead daytime lights up front reference the sportier models, while exhaust outlets provide the restrained rear-end with visual spice. From the there are expanses of open but just enough subtle flourishes to stave off any thoughts of Overall, it comes across as an and, well, luxurious

The cabin which can be trimmed in or ivory is similarly sophisticated, and more expensive Lexus with its split-level facia, screen, remote touch analogue clock and three-spoke leather steering wheel. much all controls are logically and easy to use, while the of occupants is also comprehensively thanks in part to the presence of ten as standard.

Although somewhat cagey on predictions, Lexus admits it has lofty expectations for the ES 250. an entry-level IS 250 no longer available in the compact sedan range, the ES could well fill of that gap despite the fact the sporty IS and softer ES are very vehicles.

Lexus, of course, be hoping the ES 250 can pinch a few sales the Germans, regardless of whether or not vehicles are considered direct That said, consumers considering the Hyundai Sonata or Kia could well be convinced to over a little more to Lexus instead, particularly as the ES is the brand’s best-selling sedan feels quite a bit more to drive than its Korean

The Lexus ES 250 itself is not revolutionary. But its on comfort, space and value-for-money outright dynamic ability in Africa’s luxury sedan anyway isn’t far from it.

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Lexus ES 250
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Lexus ES 250
Lexus ES 250
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