Car review: Lexus IS SE-L — road test — BBC Top Gear

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It may be a four-seater with a folding but the IS 250C isn’t gunning for the BMW 3-Series convertible, says Good thing, some say. Where the BMW does and sharp-edged, the IS is all about refinement.

The IS, Lexus, is the most refined car in its less wind noise, boot space and leg room the competition, posh shoulder aircon that adjusts depending on roof position, no pretensions.

Out on the road, under soft skies, winding through the passes behind Nice, the IS feels refined. Roof front seat passengers are ensconced from the wind, roof up it’s near But jeez, they weren’t about the not-sporty bit. a 202bhp, 2.5-litre V6 driving the through a six-speed auto box no other engines or transmissions reach the UK — to call it would do pedestrians a disservice. a heavy bugger, the IS — in a successful bid to limit scuttle and chassis flex, the Toyota have packed it with reinforcement, making it some heavier than the saloon at — and it’ll unwillingly 60mph in nine seconds. The BMW convertible, similarly powered by a six-pot, manages it in 7.6 seconds. in sport mode, the auto’ box kick down unless you pin entire bodyweight on the throttle.


But chill out and you’ll find a nice weight to the steering and and a soft but sophisticated ride. It all together in a pleasingly soporific an insistence that you’re to take things easy. The IS be right at home on the Californian cruising down a wide, boulevard with The Eagles on

In truth, the IS isn’t quite as as it thinks it is. With its 1980s- clock and Toyota Auris-borrowed it suffers from Lexus’s piecemeal approach to cabin the Audi A5 has a smarter, more interior. And the engine, though and quiet, feels a bit last-century Lexus quotes 30mpg on economy, though we couldn’t top in a day of gentle driving. That will return 37.2mpg, and far less CO2, too.

And — though these are subjective — isn’t the IS a bit big in the and small in the wheels? On the Nice we passed an Infiniti G37 convertible, the hard-top from Nissan’s brand, set to arrive in the UK this with a similar price tag and a lot more sleekness. It looked If your only concern is the IS 250C does a good but its rivals are more capable


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