Lexus IS300h F-Sport
Proving you don’t have to go German for an excellent compact premium sedan, the Lexus IS300h F-Sport matches anything Teutonic and as a hybrid petrol/electric, matches them on fuel economy too. The IS was upgraded late last year with minor styling, equipment and mechanical tweaks.
It’s an impressive car on all counts and looks stunning inside and out.
The IS300h F-Sport is the mid-spec version and runs a 2.5-litre, four cylinder, petrol direct injection engine boosted by an electric motor with battery pack. It achieves the same sort of performance and economy as a diesel but generates fewer emissions.
The F-Sport driven features extensive kit including the full suite of advanced driver assist technology like autonomous emergency braking and cross traffic alert.
It’s a sporty thing on the road with a firm but comfortable ride and strong brakes that come with the F-Sport model.
City driving is aided by a super small turning circle and various electronic driver aids.
Performance is strong augmented by a five mode driver select system featuring Eco, EV, Normal, Sport and Sport +.
➔ Impressive fuel economy (on premium)
➔ Sporty drive feel
➔ Minimal noise or vibration
➔ Comfy sports seats
➔ Sexy styling
➔ Striking 18-inch alloys
➔ Heated front seats
➔ Five mode drive select
➔ Run Flat tyres
➔ Digital instrumentation
➔ Large boot
➔ Tight turning circle
NOT SO MUCH
➔ Annoying satnav – you must be stopped to use
➔ Slow to react auto high beam
➔ Too easy to leave car switched on
ENGINE: 2.5-litre direct injection four cylinder and electric assist motor 164kW/300Nm combined
TRANSMISSION: 6-step CVT auto
0-100KMH: 8.5 seconds
ALTERNATIVES: BMW 330e $72,900, Infiniti Q50 Hybrid $72,900, Mercedes-Benz C350e Hybrid $75,300