Car Reviews: Lexus IS 250C SE-L — The AA

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Very exterior styling Extremely even with roof Comfy interior and very ride Decent space for passengers


Rear very poor with in place Very competent on but lacking flair Some fittings less impressive rivals Performance not as sharp as V6 suggests

The first convertible of the Lexus IS model is set to replace the premium manufacturer’s SC430 as the car within the range. Aimed at a younger driver, the model is by a V6 petrol engine and comes in two well-equipped trim levels.

The range has been expanding at a rate than that of of its premium sector rivals, but newly developed model the luxury arm of Toyota shows of having undergone careful before being released. The is no exception, taking over the controversially styled SC430 as the model within the Lexus and expanding the appeal of the popular IS at the same time.

At launch, the convertible IS is available a single engine and transmission a 205bhp V6 petrol unit to a six-speed automatic transmission. two trim levels are available, with a high degree of equipment and luxurious interiors. these specifications and power-train the IS250C is clearly intended as a convertible tourer rather a sports car, an ethos in the close attention paid to and comfort within the new car.

The is the folding roof. Made aluminium to keep additional to a minimum the roof can be raised or in just 21 seconds; faster any other three-part system on the Folding into the boot, it a good looking and streamlined behind it. The clever system uses the vehicle’s parking to ensure there’s room the car to safely operate.

Designed to four with two individually seats in the rear, the IS250C two doors, lengthened to allow for access to the rear. Fully seats with a one touch add to the luxurious feel.

Our verdict on the Lexus IS 250C

Although no sports car, the IS250C is one of the most refined and four-seat convertibles money can Competent on road but failing to any real thrills, it benefits fantastic build quality and standard specification. It’s not a cheap vehicle, but in terms of and quality feels worth penny.


The Lexus is not a cheap car even in its most form and, although equipment levels are generous, options will quickly see escalate. Fuel economy breaks 30mpg — considering the engine size and weight — and Lexus should ensure limited at services.

Space and practicality

The is extremely spacious in the front plenty of head and elbow It puts in an impressive effort in the too, with the backs of the seats arched to allow for legroom and enough headroom for all to the sunken, angled position of the seats. Although a little on shoulder space in the back, it seat four adult The boot is disappointing however, space restricted with the folded and an awkward basic making bulky items to squeeze in.

Controls and display



Car safety

Both trim boast the same vast of active and passive safety with the only optional being the adaptive cruise and integrated pre-crash safety A raft of airbags covers the of the car, while rear get protection courtesy of the crumple and side impact beams. control, stability control, brake distribution and brake are all standard.

Driver appeal


The IS250C’s driving appeal in its ability to waft sedately a high degree of refinement. The V6 is powerful on paper, but less on the road and combined with the weight offers only performance, needing to be revved to find any real acceleration. its weight, the IS250C is a very road holder and the steering, the dynamic aspect of the driving is responsive and pleasant to use. As a distance cruiser, however, the really comes into its It’s a fantastic car to drive distances, roof up or down.

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First car appeal

and image

Lexus is a manufacturer prides itself on the quality of its and the IS250C is no exception to the rule. The quality and materials are almost reproach, with only the dated feel of some of the centre console hinting at other than exceptional The great looks and folding roof add to this particular model’s appeal, making it a desirable vehicle.


Long doors, a electric adjustable interior and a seat height mean little trouble accessing the of the IS250C. The rear is reasonably to get into as well, thanks to a sized portal and motorised seats. Getting out of the rear is arduous a task, however.

and ICE (In car entertainment)

Both trim come with a premium audio set-up which is impressive in terms of sound and ease of use. The more SE-L variant adds a navigation system to the arrangement. sophisticated and simple to operate, it brings Bluetooth and a rear camera. All models get a six-disc and USB input, but real music can upgrade to the 12-speaker Mark 5.1 surround sound system at cost.

Softly-lit dials add an of class

Colours and trim

The is quite a colour sensitive and looks particularly good in shades. In keeping with the executive positioning a range of paint options is available. trim is very luxurious high quality leather for the and neat touches such as embossed sill plates. The let-down is that some of the knobs, switches and plastics meet the standards set by the rest of the


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