Lexus IS 250 Premium with Moonroof Review: Home Improvement

Lexus IS 250 Premium with Moonroof Review: Home Improvement

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
27 Oct 2010
What we like:
pros
Steering feels meatier than before
pros
superbly equipped
pros
smooth engine
What we dislike:
cons
Slightly cramped rear
cons
engine lacks torque
cons
daytime running lights on headlamps look a little aftermarket


Inside, there are some minor detail changes to the trim but you still get loads of kit and that typical Lexus quality only marred by some cheap looking, Toyota sourced switchgear. New to the Premium model tested here is the Electro-Multi Vision display on the centre console, a feature that is shared with the GS and LS models. The touch screen LCD feature new functions like the navigation system, a reversing camera as well Bluetooth connectivity for mobile phones, all of which are available in the Premium model here. Also standard on the Premium model here is the superb 14-speaker Mark Levinson stereo system with in-dash CD changer as well as iPod connectivity.

The driving position is nothing short of excellent thanks to a wide range of (electrical) adjustments for the seat and the steering column. At the rear, the IS250 is still not the most spacious car for passengers to feel truly comfortable in - both the A4 and the C-Class have more space for rear passengers. The boot is well shaped but it isn't as accommodating as its rivals' as well.

Perceived luxury is high and the build quality is impeccable but as we mentioned earlier, the use of Toyota-sourced switchgear spoils an otherwise pleasant cabin ambience. And not forgetting that digital clock - why can't Lexus give is a proper one? This is not a Camry but a rival to a BMW or a Merc after all!

The Premium model here offers a long list of standard equipment over the $20k more affordable base model. The additional kit in the Premium model includes the EMV touch screen display, Mark Levinson premium sound system, sat nav, Bluetooth handsfree connectivity, HID headlamps with LED daytime running lights, cruise control, rear sun shade and so on.

True to one of Lexus' more famous advertising slogans, the brand's relentless pursuit of perfection of the IS250 continues once again with this latest update, the third in four years. Once again, the tweaks might not be major or very substantial but they come together to somewhat make the IS250 a better junior executive overall.

Credits: Story and Photos by Raymond Lai

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