Lexus IS250C Sports Luxury

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Richard Blackburn

Lexus Sports Luxury

The Lexus Sports Luxury.

Lexus a sense of refinement and rationality to the of open-air motoring, writes Blackburn.

Lexus has an uncanny of upsetting the apple cart in the segment, bringing in new models are several thousands of dollars than their German

The GS and LS limousines, the RX off-roader and the IS sedan stolen sales from the luxury players by offering a mix of prices and an enviable reputation for and reliability.

The Germans say Lexus are cheaper because the Toyota doesn’t have the brand to charge a premium for its cars. says the Germans are simply The truth, as always, is somewhere in

But one thing is certain: the IS250C ruffle feathers. It is a serious for BMW’s 3-Series Convertible, soon-to-be-released A5 soft-top, Volvo’s C70 and the CLK cabrio (and its coming the E-Class convertible).

And true to the Lexus comes in significantly its rivals, with a starting retail price of just $80,000. In comparison, the 3-Series at $97,121, the Audi A5 at $94,990 and the CLK at $103,689. Our test car, was the Sports Luxury, the most of three models in the IS250C with a price tag just shy of $100,000.

WHAT DO YOU GET?

Lexus in what the Germans leave BMW says it has plenty of options customers want to individualise car but Lexus says no one’s knocked back something in free.

Standard equipment in the includes satellite navigation touch-screen controls; Bluetooth heated, fully electric with memory function; a glovebox; alarm; keyless parking sensors; rear and side mirrors that automatically when you park and when you reverse.

The air-conditioning and adjust themselves automatically you put the roof down. Stump up the for the Sports Luxury and you get 18-inch instead of 17s, radar control, headlights that around corners, seat woodgrain and a better Mark sound system with extra speakers.

The Sports is well equipped but, for our the base model represents value.

HOW SAFE?

The IS250C been crash tested but the it’s based on has a five-star rating.

On the entry-level car, safety gear includes knee and head and torso-protecting airbags, stability control steering intervention and a reverse-view

The Sports Luxury gets the active cruise control. The pre-crash technology can sense a and prepare the restraint systems and for the impact. The car also has more adaptive headlights that the curve of the road. Vision is, severely restricted with the up.

WHAT’S INSIDE?

The IS250 has been criticised for its less-than-generous space and the convertible shares its Rear-seat room is tight, the front seats have reshaped to give rear a little more knee

The high window-sill line the back seats can be a little especially for children. It’s a only, so shoulder and hip room are

The dash is functional and neat, clear and classy-looking white that are on a dark background and visible in direct sunlight. The for the satellite navigation and audio are to use, with an on-screen The front seats have of adjustment but lack a little and thigh support.

The roof in 20 seconds, which is quicker the 3-Series, but the car has to be stationary for the operation to – some rivals can be switched at low Boot space is generous the roof up but ordinary with it

UNDER THE BONNET

The convertible its engine and transmission with the but has to shift an extra 150 kilograms, to the folding hard-top and the extra bracing used to prevent the flexing too much when the top is

As a result, the IS250C can feel off the mark. Peak power and arrive high in the rev range, is ideal on flat, open However, in the hilly stuff you have to work the paddle-shift transmission to keep the engine in its spot. The engine is, however, and free-revving and the auto shifts With the top down, you hear a high-tech growl at higher

HOW IT DRIVES

The IS250 sedan was the Lexus to draw praise for its and the convertible is no slouch through


Its rear-drive layout is not as sharp as but the steering is accurate and the car maintains its through bends. The 18-inch provide an acceptable ride. the car felt fidgety at low speed corrugated surfaces and with the up there was a strange boom in the

VERDICT

When you’ve your reputation on whisper-quiet a convertible presents unique Lexus has done a commendable job of the refinement expected of the badge adding a dash of flair.

As most hard-tops, the IS250C somewhat ungainly with the up but overall it is a compelling package. It may not be as through corners as a BMW but it is better less expensive and more Ultimately, buying a convertible down to choice but on a rational the Lexus makes plenty of

HOW MUCH? From $99,900 dealer and on-road costs

2.5-litre 6-cyl.

POWER at 6400rpm.

TORQUE 252Nm at

CONSUMPTION AND CO2 EMISSIONS 9.3L/100km,

TRANSMISSION 6-speed auto.

1730 kilograms.

SAFETY Six stability control; anti-lock sedan gets a five-star crash rating

WHAT IT HAS entry and start, wood heated and cooled electric seats with memory satellite navigation, Bluetooth, cruise control, rain-sensing parking sensors and reversing cornering headlights, 12-speaker sound system, 18-inch space-saver spare.

FOR Excellent value with standard equipment list and safety package; quiet and engine; comfortable ride at speeds; big boot with up.

AGAINST Engine could do a little more low-down fidgety ride and cabin at low speed; boot compromised roof down; rear leg and tight, poor rear

STARS RATING 3.5/5

COMPETITORS-

VOLVO C70 T5

HOW MUCH? $79,950 plus dealer and costs

ENGINE 2.5-litre 5-cyl; 169kW/320Nm; 5-sp 9.8L/100km; 234g/km CO2; FWD

Six airbags and stability control, not tested

FOR Good looks; cabin; sharp value equipment; excellent safety.

Choppy ride on uneven not the sharpest-handling convertible; body and squeaks over bumps and

OUR SCORE Rating: 3/5

AUDI A5

HOW MUCH? From $94,900 dealer and on-road costs

2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cyl; 7-sp dual-clutch auto; 179g/km CO2; AWD

SAFETY airbags and stability control,

not tested

FOR Clever roof more top-down boot than rivals; quiet and engine; good looks; and comfortable cabin.

AGAINST rear seat with head, shoulder and legroom; hesitation from auto skinny standard equipment

OUR SCORE Rating: 3.5/5

BMW CONVERTIBLE

HOW MUCH? From plus dealer and on-road

ENGINE 2.5-litre in-line

160kW/250Nm; 6-sp auto; 222g/km CO2; RWD

SAFETY airbags and stability control, gets a five-star NCAP rating

FOR Smooth in-line six loves to rev; decent legroom; excellent road for a convertible; stylish open-top

AGAINST Firm ride and shake with roof no spare; equipment list

OUR SCORE Rating: 3.5/5

A5 CABRIO 2.0 TFSI

AGAINST rear seat and headroom; hesitation from twin-clutch transmission; bit light on standard

LEXUS IS250C
LEXUS IS250C

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