There are things that Lexus does extremely well with interiors, and not following the herd is one of them. No, it does not fit such soft or, seemingly, dense plastics and rubbers as, say, Audi or BMW, but it counters with novel surface finishes.
Where a German car would have a matt plastic that gives slightly to the touch and materials that are meant to look flowing and natural, the Lexus has highly technical grains and deliberately modern slashes of wood and metal. It’s like an automotive equivalent of a Casio G-Shock watch: premium in a way that no one else does it. And we rather like it for that.
We quite like the driving position, too. It’s widely adjustable and brings with it a small, pleasingly sculpted, thick-rimmed wheel. Most of the ergonomics are good, but where German premium alternatives have sought to minimise buttons on the dashboard, Lexus has studiously ploughed on.
In general, that’s fine – and there are some sweet touches, too, such as the removable mirror on the centre console – but in places it can look and feel overly fussy.
The small parking brake button, augmented by ancillaries, is a case in point, as is the latest infotainment controller. Incorporating a touchpad, it’s an improvement on the mouse-like operation of its predecessor, but it’s still slightly clumsy compared with the best in the class.