Lexus IS300 Hybrid

Lexus have launched their 3rd generation hybrid synergy drive in the form of the new IS 300 Hybrid. Available in 5 options, lexus have added 75mm to the overall length of the IS saloon and taken the usual painstaking approach to redesigning it from top to bottom, Lexus has developed an all-new hybrid powertrain for the IS saloon, which mates a 2.5-litre four-cylinder 178bhp Atkinson cycle petrol engine with a 141bhp electric motor, both feeding the rear wheels.Lexus IS300h

The IS300h’s petrol engine, like all of Toyota and Lexus’ hybrid motors, runs on the Atkinson combustion cycle for a high expansion ratio and increased efficiency. Fitted with a new fuel-injection system with injectors positioned both in the chamber and in the port, it also has exhaust gas recirculation for reduced operating temperature and high thermal efficiency.

There are low-friction piston rings fitted, as well as a low-friction timing chain, low-friction valvegear, and an intelligent oil pump, giving a smoother and quieter running engine. It runs at a very high compression ratio of 13.0:1. Meanwhile, power for the 141bhp, 221lb ft, rear-mounted electric motor comes from a 230-volt, 192-cell Nickel-Metal-Hydride battery pack.

It’s satisfying to find the IS300h free of many of the compromises we’ve seen in hybrid saloons before. In entry-level SE trim, it’s hardly any more expensive than a mid-spec 2.0-litre diesel Audi A4. Economy comes in at 99g/km of CO2 and 65.7mpg(4.3l/100km) on the combined cycle.

The IS’s interior will not dissapoint you either. The 85mm of additional legroom has greatly improved the passenger compartment into a fairly roomy one. The look and feel of the dash layout is an improvement on previous models with a robust feel to the controls.

Lexus Hybrid

Noiseless on battery power and whisper quiet with the combustion engine running at low revs, the IS300h brings incredible refinement to an area of the market not accustomed to it and with Lexus’ optional ‘AVS’ dampers set to ‘normal’ – the comfortable setting , the F Sport model gives a very smooth experience, both at town speeds and on the motorway.



Available now from Nationwide Lexus Dealers


The IS300 is available in 5 options

 eco – €37,780

S Design – €38,780

Executive – €42,280

F Sport -€43,280

Premium – €46,780


Example spec – Lexus IS 300H F Sport

Price €43,280, 0-62mph 8.3sec; Top speed 125mph; Economy 60.1mpg; CO2 109g/km; Kerb weight 1620kg; Engine type, cc 4cyls, 2494cc, petrol; with hybrid assist; Installation Front, longitudinal, RWD; Power 220bhp at 6000rpm; Torque 163lb ft (IC), 221lb ft (w/electric motor); Gearbox E-CVT