2009 Lexus IS 250C — Car Review | CarShowroom.com.au

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2009 Lexus IS 250C Car Review

Anticipation was high in the Car office when word was around that Lexus had a new IS heading our way for a week.

The stunning hard top — the first variant of the successful IS 250 sedan is a genuine four-seater and, as one from Lexus, features a of high-tech driving aids and features.

What the market expect was the sharp pricing entry to the three-model IS 250C a surprising $79,900.

What You Get

on the IS 250 sedan platform, the convertible is an engineering masterpiece with re-design and development to support not the three-piece metal folding but also to ensure the trademark driving dynamics transfer to top motoring.

Transformation from to convertible requires the push of one button and takes just 20

And with the roof up or down, the IS looks magnificent with proportions and styling, a purposeful and genuine on-road #039;presence#039;.

The Hood

Power comes Lexus#039; silky-smooth 2.5-litre Cam multi-valve direct injection V6

Maximum power is 153kW at rpm and peak torque of 252 Nm is delivered at rpm.

The combined cycle economy is 9.3l/100kms and CO2 emissions are

Drive is via a six-speed electronically automatic with steering paddle shifters for manual

The Interior

Make no mistake, the IS is a genuine four-seater — the of the front seat frames an arch design which 20mm of leg and knee room for seat passengers.

All four have individual sculptured and those in the rear have own center console.

Naturally is leather throughout, thick, quality carpets and even the heating for the front seats has increased by 20 per cent over the model to keep you warm the top down.

The climate control air-conditioning has been ramped-up and has an #039;Open#039; for use when the roof is down. can be doubled in this mode monitors ambient temperatures, speed and even sunlight to keep things comfortable.

the instrumentation with a higher-contrast seven-inch LCD screen and new dial to make easier reading the top down.

Three trim are available — Mellow Black and Silver Pearl while range-topping Sports models have Dark or Grey Wood trim.

As per the IS 250 the gauges and instrument clusters are and well laid-out. The driving is excellent and we particularly liked the finished and sculptured transmission shifters on the steering wheel no cheap plastic offerings Lexus!

Prestige and Sport models an eight-speaker audio system range-topping Sports Luxury secure a 12-speaker Mark system.

All models receive six a reversing camera with assist, stability and traction Sports and Sports Luxury gain Active Cruise and the Pre-Collision System which seat belt and emergency efficiency.

Exterior Styling

designers started from a base with IS 250, but the version is visually jaw-dropping when viewed from the or the rear.

At the front, the stylish grille and large cool air are complimented by curved halogen (High Intensity Discharge on Luxury) while the rear are large LED displays.

Deep lines feature at the side and the around the lower edge of the are elegant.

The roof itself has three sections and a large 3.1mm reinforced glass rear

Aerodynamics played a big role in the IS design. For starters the drag is just 0.29 (just points higher than the

However minimizing wind with the roof down was a big

Underbody diffusers help the aerodynamic package and provide downforce for high-speed handling.

The opens forwards for the hard-top and opens at the rear conventionally for the (205 litres with the down or 553 litres when Lexus says the cargo can hold two full-size golf and two 77-litre suitcases.

Cleverly sensors in the luggage cover the roof being operated it is too loaded to do so.

On The Road

Over our test route of suburban and mountain roads, it was the IS 250C with the roof that was most impressive. many soft and hard top compromise their driving with too much intrusion of noise, the Lexus reins because it remains so quiet.

We our high-speed mountain route the roof closed and open and not detect a change in dynamics there was no sign of the squeeks or that often accompany speed driving in convertibles. there was some airflow around your ears but a lot than many others we tested — and anyway that the point of open top

The IS 250C runs independent and the ride is sporty and firm like European prestige We liked the overall package provided nice feedback, and cornering balance.

With the up, rear three-quarter vision was a restricted but parking remained a thanks to the excellent reversing


Our only complaint the IS 250C was access to the rear

The front seats have controls to shift them and also tilt the seatback however clambering into the was still a tad cumbersome.



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