Advertisement

Lexus’s well-fitting sporty saloon

The Lexus ES F Sport combines sporting prowess with luxury, says Katie Brooks.

904-toys-lexus

Price: $39,000 in the US for the standard model. UK prices and availability to be confirmed. Engine: 3.5-litre V6. Torque: 267 lb ft.

Moving the midsize saloon this deep into the sport space has taken seven generations, says Alisa Priddle in Motor Trend. The idea behind the 2019 Lexus ES ("executive saloon") was to take the model known for its luxury, quiet and comfort and "pump up the driving dynamics". And while previous Lexus F Sports have been "stiff and rigid", combined with the comfort of the ES, Lexus has found the sweet spot in its new ES F Sport model.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The car remains faithful to the philosophy of the saloon so much so that when driving it "calm is the first word that springs to mind", says Pat Devereux in Top Gear. Indeed, the car was deemed "too quiet" during production, leading to concerns that passengers would experience car sickness from feeling too isolated. At 80mph, you can have a conversation with any one of your three passengers without going above regularvolume.

Calm, however, does not mean boring. The Lexus team has taken to heart a directive that "boring designs would no longer be tolerated", says Chris Paukert for Cnet's Roadshow. Not only do the blacked-out mesh grille, lower fascias and rear spoiler add visual drama, they also nudge up the dynamic quotient.

It's with this combination that Lexus hopes to attract younger buyers, adds Laura Burstein in the Robb Report. Driving it should give you the same feeling you get "when you put on your favourite shirt", Yoshihiro Sawa, president of Lexus International, tells Burstein. "The one that fits perfectly."

Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended

Today's art markets are a paradise for bargain hunters
Alternative investments

Today's art markets are a paradise for bargain hunters

Now is an ideal time for collectors to go shopping at the art auctions. 
29 Nov 2019
Investing in art: where to find the best value in the art market today
Alternative investments

Investing in art: where to find the best value in the art market today

It’s been a record-breaking ten years for the art market – even Old Masters of questionable provenance are selling for hundreds of millions. But where…
15 Nov 2019
The art market endures after a jittery 2019
Alternative investments

The art market endures after a jittery 2019

Wealthy Americans stepped up to help calm the art market's jitters in 2019. Chris Carter reports.
10 Jan 2020
Hi-tech help with New Year’s resolutions
Spending it

Hi-tech help with New Year’s resolutions

From a sports watch that monitors your heart rate to a subscription service to help you cook healthier meals.
31 Dec 2019

Most Popular

BP has slashed its dividend – and markets love it
Income investing

BP has slashed its dividend – and markets love it

BP has bowed to the inevitable and cut its dividend in half – and its share price promptly rose. John Stepek explains what it means for shareholders …
4 Aug 2020
Listed companies are dying out, and that could have serious consequences
Stockmarkets

Listed companies are dying out, and that could have serious consequences

Private equity is taking over from public stockmarkets as the biggest provider of capital to companies. That’s bad for investors and bad for society a…
3 Aug 2020
Can the recent rally in sterling continue?
Sponsored

Can the recent rally in sterling continue?

A "double top"  – a very recognisable pattern – is forming in in the US dollar. Dominic Frisby explains what it is, and what it could tell us about st…
3 Aug 2020