iafrica.com Review: Lexus GS 250 EX

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Bubear drives the Lexus GS 250 EX the addition to the GS range.

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Entry-level These words evoke thoughts of a no-frills hatchback, a frighteningly short standard list dominated by bare-bones such as wind-up windows, adjustable side-mirrors and if you’re lucky manual air-conditioning. that or a pretty young just starting out her modelling

But while the Lexus GS 250 EX is definitely on the eye, it certainly doesn’t entry-level, despite the fact it anchors the foot of the renewed GS range. Yes, it provides entry to the luxury class as puts it but it does so without all the bells and whistles that the more expensive models so

Visually identical.

In fact, it exactly the same specification as the more expensive 350 EX . and is visually apart from those numbers and letters glued on the both outside and in. Park the two and you wouldn’t be able to tell apart especially if Lexus is enough to add a debadge box to the no-cost list.

So, the difference between the GS 350 and GS 250 is one litre (oh, and with airbags, the 250 gets two fewer its siblings). Where the former a 233kW 3456cc V6, the latter a 2.5-litre with the same This Dual VVT-i mated to a six-speed automatic with flappy paddles is for 154kW at 6400rpm and 253Nm at It feels a fair bit quicker its official 0-100km/h time Lexus quotes as 8.8 seconds have you believe, thanks in to the aural histrionics elicited by acceleration.

Twist the drive mode to Sport and mash the right and a deep V6 growl fills the cabin as the ‘box hangs each cog until redline. The to three figures may be a full 2.5 slower than the 350’s, but almost as much theatre the way. And during deceleration the even throws in the odd downshift blip for dramatic effect.

Cruise or bruise?

Of course, the drive GS 250 is just as content cruiser, and in Eco and Normal modes swiftly up to sixth and hums quietly. Lexus reckons a fuel economy figure of 8.9 per 100km is achievable, but I ended the test on 11.8. For the record, I a far more frightening figure of in the 350 and a pretty respectable 8.8 in the hybrid-powered .

Lexus GS 250

But while the powerplant certainly is a the GS 250 shines brightest in another standard specification. This offering boasts more kit a suburban Bear Grylls on his first trip out of the city. HID headlights (with auto-levelling and DRLs, electric/heated side full leather trim, adjustable leather front (heated and ventilated), keyless and start, electrically adjustable steering wheel, 12-speaker system (MP3/USB/iPod), 12.3-inch EMV (with remote touch, HDD traffic data and voice reversing camera/guidance monitor, distance control, dual-zone air-con, Bluetooth, cruise and an electro-chromatic rear-view mirror are all of the well-rounded package.

The safety is just as healthy, thanks to features such as ABS, EBD, EPS, VSC and TRC. A or 100 000km warranty and a four-year or 100 Distance Plan Plus out the deal.

The one downside? At launch in mid-2012, the GS 250 was at R494 400, but the inevitable increase sees it cross the by almost R25 000. Ouch. But to the generous standard equipment it still represents great especially when compared to of its German competitors.

So, what’s the of the GS range? Well, after all three of the drivetrains, I reckon the GS 350 edges its siblings. The 450h may significant fuel savings and from angry F-Sport but the 350 is just that much visceral.

Thing is, the GS 250 EX is just inches and is actually in everyday terms, at the more logical choice.

Not bad for an model, eh?

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Lexus GS 250
Lexus GS 250
Lexus GS 250
Lexus GS 250

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