Lexus IS250C F-Sport Road Test Review

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Lexus IS250C F-Sport Test

Review by Tristan — 19 June 2013

things first, don’t the mistake we made and evaluate a Convertible in the middle of winter. one of the wettest weeks in Melbourne all Nontheless we still gave the F Sport a thorough work granted the roof was up for the majority of

The Lexus IS250C F Sport in between fellow Lexus in the IS250C range, the Prestige and the Luxury.

Drive: 4/5

It wasn’t a sign as we picked up the keys to the F Sport admist non-stop Brilliant conditions to pick up a

So for the first 3 days it was roofs up. the IS250C F Sport drives a very competent family The 6-speed automatic transmission is and timed to perfection and is combined an engine that seems to effortless even when put notable duress.

Behind the leather steering the driver is almost entirely from wind, tyre and noise thanks to impressive suppression technologies and wind (with roof both up and

The 6-speed automatic transmission can be changed via steering wheel paddle shifters. Considering the doesn’t have record response times (far poor though), we limited our use of the shifters, they are damn fun and though.

The lack of zip is perhaps due to the vehicle weight (1750kg weight), however the performance is well above what is and is by no means slow. Thanks to and rear sports suspension for the F Sport, handling and stability is enhanced. Also, different power steering calibration for a more sporty steering

When the sun finally did break the dark Melbourne clouds we to get the roof down. Albeit for a short time. With the down, the ride changes Despite the obvious changes in and comfort (though minimal), the also feels a little over potholes and bumps. through tight corners and the F Sport does feel a vulnerable as it struggles at times to it’s shape and line.

Nontheless, the Lexus IS250C F is a very capable, calm and vehicle. A solid rear performer with a whole lot of and style.

Engine: 4/5

The Lexus range is fitted with a V6 Dual VVT-i DOHC Engine. The engine is paired 6 speed automatic transmission a manual mode.

As mentioned the engine is very refined and This results in a steady, engine growl that throughout the cabin. Thanks to noise suppression technology, the that makes its way into the is minimal.

Enjoyable to drive, the F Sport delivers maximum at 153kW at 6400rpm and maximum at 252Nm at 4800rpm.

The F Sport, the Prestige and Sports Luxury 9.3 litres per 100kms. Fuel obviously not a selling point of the range.

Exterior: 3.5/5

Let’s get the issue concerning a convertible out of the How reliable is the electric roof?

The collapses simply by pressing a on the front dash and it takes 20 Before the roof can be collapsed the luggage cover must be set in the boot. We had no problems opening or the boot and from all accounts, the is of high quality.

The backside of the F Sport is a little big. sure has got back! This is a hindrance to the rear vision and a blight on the exterior design of the It seems to take the focus from a pretty stylish Also, the roof doesn’t to completely sync, when the is up, with the body of the car.

the blocked rear views, the car is simple to drive, reverse and thanks to a reversing camera and and rear parking sensors.

the F Sport, with 18 Alloy which measures in at 4635mm 1800mm wide and 1415mm is a classy vehicle that more than enough

Safety: 5/5

The IS250C range the same safety features. it be front and rear parking or an abundance of standard safety Lexus provide plenty to drivers ease of mind.

features standard across the include; Front Driver Front Passenger Airbag and Front Seat Airbags. The F comes with Front and Parking Sensors which alert drivers when objects.


Cruise Control is throughout the range and is easy to Adaptive Cruise Control the vehicle to stay at a safe from the car in front. Both are brilliantly designed and applied.


The F Sport provides a few added styles that differentiate it the Prestige. The inclusion of a sporty steering wheel in conjuction metallic additions to the shift is one such addition.

Sport leather steering wheel and leather perforated seating all to provide an overwhelming aura of and sport.

The sports seating is comfortable a for the front passengers. The same be said for the rear passengers as do get a little cramped in the back Head room is also even for a shorter guy, I did feel my head touch the

The trendy leather seating is and 3 seating positions can be saved the system. Seat warmers are available (At 3 degrees celcius morning, it came in handy).

A replaces the handbrake and frees up of space in the centre console for and cup holders. An abundance of storage and compartments are on offer at both the and rear of the convertible. There is 391 of bootspace available.

On the media a touchscreen provides access to climate controls, audio and aux input in the centre console), and maps. Everything is easily and highly functional.

The sound is dynamic and sharp at all volume this applies when the is up or down.

Overall: 4/5

Lexus launched the F-Sport version of the IS250C in November last year so the car has been around for quite time already.

A competent on performer and a stylish, modern the F Sport version is definitely at a unique, cashed up, smaller

Nontheless, be sure to take one for a today, if only to show off a bit..

* Prices are manufacturer prices only, for the drive price please contact local authorised Lexus


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