Euro NCAP crash testing
The new Lexus IS sports saloon has achieved a top five star rating in independent Euro NCAP crash testing so the Lexus IS is one of the safest cars in its class. The IS scored 91 per cent for adult occupant protection, 85 per cent for child occupant protection, 80 per cent for pedestrian protection and 66 per cent for safety assist performance. Together these results secure an overall five-star commendation.
The new Lexus IS range went on sale in July, the entry model for the new range is the SE, it is priced from £26,495 for the 2.5-litre IS 250, and £29,495 for the 2.5-litre full hybrid IS 300h. Specification is extremely generous and includes 16” alloy wheels, drive mode select (Normal, Eco & Sport additional EV mode on IS 300h), cruise control, smart entry and start system, dual-zone climate control air conditioning, power-fold heated mirrors, HID headlamps with dusk sensing function, eight airbags, 60/40 split rear seats (IS 250 only), Lexus display audio with DAB and Bluetooth connectivity and a temporary spare wheel (Tyrerepair kit on IS 300h).
New safety features
At the heart of the Lexus IS’s excellent safety performance is its highly rigid, impact-absorbing body shell. This is supported by a comprehensive range of active and passive safety features, engineered to provide the best possible protection in all driving scenarios. The new Lexus IS has successfully built on the superior safety performance of its predecessor model by introducing a number of advanced safety features. In the UK this includes the availability (optional for the IS 300h and 250 Premier models) of the Pre-Collision Safety system with Lane Departure Assist and Automatic High Beam operation, plus a Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert system (both standard on Premier grade models).
There is also the option of a full hybrid IS, the 300h is priced from £30,995 it boasts some additional features which include 17” alloy wheels, Lexus Park assist, rain sensing wipers and 60/40 split rear seats. If you are looking for a sporty option then the F Sport is priced from £30,495 for the IS 250, and £33,495 for the IS 300h, included is the 18” ten spoke F Sport alloy wheels, sport suspension with lateral damping system, F Sport mesh grille, LFA-style instrument meters, F Sport aluminium sports pedals and the F Sport leather trim on steering wheel and gear lever.