Lexus GS review - the alternative executive car choice - Interior and Tech

Japanese executive saloons offer a different take on the Germanic norm, with mixed success

Evo rating
Price
from £31,495
  • Handsome; well equipped; GS 300h low on CO2; GS F high on individuality
  • No diesels to truly compete with the class-leaders; hybrids an acquired taste

The GS is perhaps the most conventionally styled cabin in the Lexus range and that’s no bad thing. The driving position is good and with even the cheapest model getting ten-way electric seat adjustment it’s impossible for those in the front not to get comfortable. The 18-way moveable seats on the higher trims seem like overkill, but the vented and heating element of the Luxury model is a welcome addition. The dash and instruments are all rather sensible, Lexus obviously seeing its GS customers as a bit more conservative than those for its other models.

There’s an undeniable sense of 'expensive Toyota' about it, which does slightly detract from the premium positioning, but it’s all beautifully finished. The satnav and entertainment can be a touch fiddly to operate thanks to the curious moving pad input/controller, but everything else is familiar, the only hint to its hybrid powertrain being the EV button on the centre console and the Charge, Eco, Power dial in place of a rev counter.

Space is good for passengers front and rear, though boot space does suffer thanks to the battery placement for the hybrid system.

That's not a problem in the GS F, whose boot is unaffected by batteries. The GS F's cabin is a step above the regular range too - similar in design, but blessed with a pair of wonderfully-styled and superlatively supportive front seats. The dials are addictively high-tech too, changing their displays according to whether the driver has selected Eco, Normal, Sport S or Sport S+ driving modes.

Most Popular

2022 BMW M3 Touring teased ahead of reveal
2022 BMW M3 Touring
BMW M3

2022 BMW M3 Touring teased ahead of reveal

BMW has released new images of its upcoming M3 Touring before it reaches customers next year
24 Sep 2021
Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS 2022 review – middle child 992 shapes up
Porsche 911 GTS review (992) – front cornering
Porsche 911 Carrera

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS 2022 review – middle child 992 shapes up

Two and a half years after the launch of the 992, the GTS treatment both adds and subtracts but does the result gel on the road?
21 Sep 2021
Lotus Emira First Edition priced from £75,995 – production to commence in 2022
Lotus Emira
Lotus

Lotus Emira First Edition priced from £75,995 – production to commence in 2022

First examples of the new Lotus Emira will roll off the production line early next year, with the entry-level four-cylinder to follow
20 Sep 2021