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The Lexus IS is a sleek junior exec that makes for an interesting alternative but lacks a decent diesel option
Its always been the alternative, and the pricing, power and economy don't make sense against the Merc and clearly the BMW 320d/318d.. I think I personally would take the bland looking 3 series with the better engine and change, even though i'll only get 4 wheels, an engine, steering wheel and as much air as I can trap in the cabin as standard.
This is a backward step for Lexus which is a shame because i like the IS and would have one if i could afford it.It is time Lexus put a competitive diesel in all their cars and become a proper alternative.
well only answer is to maybe go down the route of a remap. Yes I agree can do this to bmw's etc but if you really wanted the lexus maybe thats the only way now to get a quicker one!
IMO Lexus needs to swallow its pride and either team up with another manufacturer who can supply competitive diesels, spend money on developing one or not bother. This the most important segment for this sector of cars, not having a good enough engine must be damaging sales. When even standard fair such as Ford, Peugeot, Vauxhall et al all have better engines.
They really need to offer this car with an auto gearbox. My Dad was all set to try one but realised they were manual only. So he kept his Merc 220D automatic. I prefer manuals but plenty of drivers want auto these days, particularly in this segment. BMW and Mercedes and Audi do auto diesels these days.
I test drove an IS220d - had high hopes.
These soon disolved what a rubbish car. 6th gear is USELESS at under 80 - even the salesman admitted as much.
The ride and handling mix satisfies more than many modern rivals.
I agree with the points made here about the engine not coming up to scratch. I'm puzzled as to why they don't make a hybrid (or perhaps they do) that seems to be the way Toyota is going. This car seems to have been behind in the diesel stakes ever since it had its first engine. Trouble is without a diesel the European market will be difficult to crack. At the moment it's not in the race at the premium end of the market. Strange, isn't it because the Toyota Avensis competes well against the Mondeo/Vauxhall/Peugeot-Citroen.
I like the IS but this car is so un-competitive its unreal! German cars where returning these sort of economy figures from a 140bhp engine 5 years ago. A BMW 320D ED is light years ahead with 163bhp, 8 sec 0-60, 109g/ km co2 and nearly 70mpg combined.... against 148 bhp, 10 sec 0-60, 134g/ km co2 and a mere 55mpg combined. If it was cheap like £20k maybe they would get away with it, but at nearly £30k (same prices as the outgoing is220d) they have no chance of success especially given the weak resale values! Instead of making the IS better they have just made it a whole lot worse. May as well pull it out of the UK all together.
Although having said all that.... I've just noticed that www.drivethedeal.com are currently offering very good savings on the IS range, can currently get a new 200d or a stock 220d for £17.5k OTR after discounts. Makes a bit more sense at that price, unlike the simply ludicrous £30k suggested in this review.