Lexus ES Hybrid Luxury Review
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Story and Photos by Alvan Sio
16 Dec 2015

Introduction, updates

Lexus has reintroduced the ES range after just 2 short years of the line up reaching our shores.

While it is unconventional for a car manufacturer to refresh a range so quickly into its lifecycle, Lexus has decided that it wants to keep up with the rest of the market and offer something that’s compelling enough to steal the segment.

Not that the ES really needed much of a facelift (obviously because they didn’t change all that much), but in the ever competitive mid-sized luxury sedan market with high-tech players such as the recently reviewed Audi A6, it’s never a bad thing to add more goodies to an already well endowed machine.

Exterior updates include the new spindle front grille that has been made more outstanding and flanked with chrome-lined foggies. Redesigned LED headlamps and tail lamps now come in the Lexus signature ‘L’ shaped styling. Also new are the alloy wheels, refreshed to complete the subtle new look.

On the inside, you get some new stitching on the seats, a set of controls that allows you to shift the front passenger seat from behind mounted on the side of the seat in question and an LFA and IS inspired 3-spoke steering wheel and gear lever (respectively).

As though the hand-stitched leather-covered dashboard isn’t classy enough (only 12 Lexus craftsmen can create this), Lexus has taken the liberty to include the Shimamoku wood trim out of the LS in the new ES. The piece of wood on the door requires alternating sheets of dark and light wood veneers to be layered and shaped in a process spanning more than a month. Attention to detail and artistic craftsmanship can be better expressed with little else.

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Engine Capacity 2494cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 12.5:1
Bore x Stroke (90.0 x 98.0)mm
Power 202bhp @ 5700rpm
Torque 213Nm @ 4500rpm
Power to Weight 119.5 bhp per ton


Acceleration 8.5s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 180 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 18.2 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Drive Type FF
Steering Electric


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4915 x 1820 x 1450) mm
Wheelbase 2820 mm
Turning Circle 5.7 metres
Kerb Weight 1690 kg
Boot Capacity 425 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 65 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs