The impression of comfort in the LS is helped by suspension settings that are aimed squarely at isolating you from the worst the world can muster. Lexus offers the all-round multi-link air suspension with three driver-controlled modes, although even Sport remains pleasingly compliant.

We found that the Comfort setting worked best around town and Normal at higher speeds. However, rear passengers commented that although Comfort offered better isolation, it allowed too much float.

There’s no faulting the LS for clarity or simplicity, but for design flair, ingenuity and appeal it lags behind European rivals.

As a tool for easing away the inconvenience of travel, the LS performs remarkably well, yet it is not flawless. The primary ride is exemplary in any of its three damper settings, but below 30mph, the LS can occasionally be troubled by sharp intrusions, although this is heard more than felt.

So refined is the LS that it’s easy to pick up excess speed. Should you enter a corner too briskly, it responds well, with less understeer than might be expected. Body roll is well contained in the short-wheelbase car, which has highly effective active anti-roll bars, but your chauffeur won’t be able to get away with such tricks in the long-wheelbase machine, which isn’t so equipped.

Another first in this segment is the LS’s electrically assisted steering, a necessity for many of its safety features. Although we recognise the benefits to economy and convenience, we rue the lack of organic feel and natural weighting compared with the best hydraulic systems. It’s also a shame that the remote steering smothers what is a surprisingly capable chassis.

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