When you are shopping for a luxury executive sedan, you have to put up with premium and that’s nothing new. The big executive luxury sedan, at luxury prices is, after all, the name of the game. It’s all about image and how much you paid for your new ride.
But we believe that it does not have to be that way. The Lexus ES is by no means new and, even though well into its 6th generation, is better than ever. The ES fits in between the sporty IS and the executive GS sedan and, with its all-new chassis (no more Camry under pinning’s) it offers a smooth and quiet ride with a no-fuss attitude.
The engine, which is still a little old-school 2.5 4-cylinder with VVTi, produces a rather decent 135kw and 235nm; not earth shattering, but considering what the car was meant for, it does the job pretty well and with decent fuel consumption, too. They claim around a mid-9 second 0-100kph and it feels about right. The fuel consumption hovers between 8 and 9l/100km, which is rather decent if you consider the size of the ES 250.
The interior has a big emphasis on luxury, with the exception of a few hard plastics bits which I don’t like. But I get it; it’s an ES and not a GS. The interior still feels mighty fine with its embossed power leather seats, signature clock and rather intuitive on-board computer which runs just about the whole car. The center console houses the drive selector (Sport/Eco) and also the “mouse” which controls the onboard computer. The tri-zone Air Conditioning works effortlessly and cools a hot car down very quickly. There are also the normal things like heated seats, which you expect of a car focused on luxury and comfort.
Interior space is impressive with 953mm of headroom and a 1015mm of legroom. I could even hop in the back seat with my front seat adjusted for my height and still be comfortable in the back. There is no denying that the ES is meant for comfort and this it fulfills no matter if you are 1.5 meters tall or 2m tall.
The ES250 is not a sports car and it was never intended to be. Pitch it into a tight turn and you will find excess body roll, but put it on a bumpy road and the supple Mcpherson stuts do the talking… all the way home.
I can’t fault the ES250 for being an affordable executive sedan. It found the gap in the market and there is no reason why it should not do well.
The ES250 has a price tag of R435 900 and this includes the 4 year 100 000km Lexus warranty and service plan.
For more info, lexus.co.za