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Lexus GS

The new Lexus GS is a much better car than it's predecessor



Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
300 245 hp 8.2 l/100km Petrol 7.2 s 238 km/h
350 ? ? Petrol ? 250 km/h
430 279 hp 9.4 l/100km Petrol 6.1 s 250 km/h
450h 296 hp 7.9 l/100km Petrol 5.9 s 250 km/h

Body type Sedan
Number of doors 4
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Rear
Length 4 825 mm
Width 1 820 mm
Height 1 430 mm
Wheelbase 2 850 mm
Ground clearance 150 mm
Weight (normal) 1 620 kg
Weight (max) 2 125 kg
Boot space (min) 430 l
Boot space (max) 430 l
Fuel capacity 71 l

 

   The Lexus GS of the third generation is produced since 2006. It is available as a sedan.

   The GS comes with a choice of four engines. All of them are powerful and flexible, while surprisingly, all of them are very fuel efficient for their displacement and power output. The range topping 4.5-liter hybrid engine is the quickest and the most fuel efficient of all. All engines are coupled with a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

   The latest Lexus GS comes with a new aluminum suspension. It holds the road well, helped by a number of electronic driver aids. Furthermore it has a good body control for a bulky executive car. The ride is very smooth and absorbs all but the largest bumps and lumps. Unfortunately it's steering do not gives enough feedback to the driver.

   The Lexus GS is well isolated from the outside noises, that barely any of them is heard at all. It's engines whisper even when pushed to the limit, while there are no wind rustles even at the high speed, exceeding speed limits.

   The Lexus GS is more expensive to buy than some of it's German rivals. However it is still a sound bet, as this car comes fully loaded with various hi-tech gadgets. The new Lexus GS is fuel efficient, especially the hybrid model, furthermore resale values are much stronger comparing withthe previous model. The Lexus made his name as building reliable cars, so don't expect any major breakdowns and buy it with confidence.

   In side the car fit and finish are exemplary. Interior is stylish, while some nice details, like the dials are work of art. All the major controls are readily available, while the minor ones are hidden under the dropping down panel. A great number of functions offered by this car will take some time to get used to.

   Driver gets electrically adjustable steering wheel and seats, so it's easy to find a comfortable driving position. The less welcome thing it that the seats do not give enough support.

   Unlike previous model the new Lexus GS offers plenty of space for the rear passengers, only the rear foot-room being slightly limited. The GS has a huge boot, except the hybrid model, which packs a bulky battery pack in place of your luggage.

   Even the entry-level model comes with 10 airbags, traction and stability controls. Top of the range models are offered with a total of 12 airbags and smart safety system, which monitors the distance to the car in front and brakes and pre-tensions seatbelts if a collision is inevitable. The other good thing about Lexus is that these cars are hard to drive away.

   All models come fully loaded with luxury goodies, including leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, touch-screen display, parking camera and other things as standard. The top-trim models are offered with every imaginable luxury item.

   Production of the Lexus GS III still continues.

 

   Advantages: Drives better than it's predecessor, while having more rear space and plenty of luxury toys. The GS comes with powerful and fuel efficient engines.

   Disadvantages: Plenty of hi-tech aids, but driver is detached from the driving process.

   Verdict: A good value for your money.

   Also consider: BMW 5-series, Jaguar S-type.

 

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