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Reader test: Lexus IS250

2009-09-04 14:45

Larry Santos, Mthatha

Before I begin, I want to say something about the comments from the German brigade who no matter what will have a word or two to say about their beloved Beemer or Audi; before you continue reading, please take this review as it is without any prejudice or negativity.

Well, where do I begin? She is my gorgeous Lexus IS250 SE, the lady that keeps turning heads no matter where I go to.

I got hold of her over a year ago and from the moment I drove off the showroom floor she oozed class. To understand the car, you need to understand the brand. Yes, it's Toyota's luxury arm, but the service I received from the Lexus dealership made me feel that I was buying into something very special. The level of professionalism is something that I admire and, being in business, you see many other companies strive to achieve levels that Lexus keeps attaining.

The car is absolutely faultless. Its carpet ride is much appreciated, especially when one lives down in the gloomy Eastern Cape where potholes, undulations and horrid road conditions are the norm, pure 4X4 country!

Well, Lexie takes it in her stride. Not once do you feel the road conditions, it just soaks it up even at speed. And whilst sitting in the lap of luxury heated and chilled seats, sat nav, Mark Levinson DVD surround system, voice activated controls for most of the commands, reverse camera, xenon cornering lights and so much more.

No doubt, readers will be quick to point out these are now available in many other brands, but even they would agree that they are available at a premium normally close to 100K in addition to the purchase price.

As far as performance is concerned, it may not have the out and out acceleration that my previous Golf5 GTI had, but it does have the smooth silky V6 to keep it on the boil. Amazing enough, still delivering under 10 km/l no matter on what extreme side of the limit I happen to find myself.

I used to be a  0-100 type of guy, don’t get me wrong, I guess deep down that might never change, however it has evolved just like everything you look around you. Dare I say, I tasted a touch of elegance and class, which the Lexus has brought into my life.

Whilst I still admire a good looking car, like every petrolhead would ;) I totally feel that the Lexus has got enough to keep me wanting her for a long while. Until I step into another one, that is.

Before I end, I thought that some readers might comment on the pricing of this vehicle now, but when I did purchase her, it was a bargain.

I have a rattle-free, trouble-free car and the knowledge that I have the mother company Toyota’s reliability, I have the JD power ratings, but more importantly, I have the way it makes me feel - and that is very special.

I no doubt will have many more car love affairs, but for now Lexie makes my day, and no one can take that away from me.


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