The dashboard of a Mercedes do you not appeal? You are not satisfied with the ergonomics of a BMW? And Audi seems a bit dull? Try Lexus! This japanese label is the luxury brand of Toyota. Nissan also has his own, Infiniti, he has in vain tried to impose in Europe. Honda, for its part, reserved its top of the range Acura in the american market.

Lexus, which has existed for thirty years, has quickly gained a good reputation overseas. His cars have shown well-finished, well-equipped, smooth and silent. Their aesthetic, however, has for a long time referred to that of the Mercedes from the previous generation. The Lexus today have their own personality. The latest ES 300h displays a style of nervous and original, not devoid of elegance. The proportions of the car are smooth and respond to the visual codes of the traditional full-size sedan. Its lines were not “surdessinées”, as is sometimes the case of some japanese productions, especially at Toyota.

With a capacity of 454 l, the trunk offers a volume that is simply suitable with regard to the size of the car. But the cabin is particularly spacious. Rouffignac Bernard

No malus nor of TVS for 12 quarters

The great originality of the ES 300h stands, however, under its hood. Not of the drives to the card, or varied choice of transmission on this model, as in the German camp. Or an endless list of options. The Lexus ES 300h is a unique proposition that can be summed up in the number 100. 100, to 100 grams of CO2 emissions per kilometer, which corresponds to a consumption of 4.4 litres of petrol per 100 km. A value that even small urban classics difficult to achieve. It is in France to this great japanese no penalty, a tax exemption on vehicles of companies (TVS) for 12 quarters, and finally free of the grey card in about half of the departments.

These benefits were obtained through the assistance of a powerful electric motor. It helps the engine “heat” treaty, which remains the main group, especially during the start-up phases. This hybrid system, invented for the Prius there are more than twenty years, is very efficient in city, but quite a few on the road, where the consumer returns to that of a conventional vehicle. This device is not a paragon of coziness. Each acceleration or raise a little vigorous translates to a runaway engine and a painful sensation of skating. The famous syndrome of the “airplane taking off” well known to all users of transmission converter (CVT). It is more accepted by american drivers, accustomed to move at a constant speed on their motorways subdivision.

The large buttons jutting out of the cap and overlooking the instrumentation and a large number of orders show that the ES 300h is first designed for the America. Rouffignac Bernard

Interior typed american

The depreciation also seems to be calibrated for them. Flexible enough, it may show signs of pumping if you force the pace. The version F Sport, with a suspension-adaptive, avoids this disadvantage. Otherwise, the ES 300h holds the road well and shows comfortable. Special Mention to the seats, real remedies for the back pain, as well as the Executive version, richly equipped, but it is demanding a surcharge of more than 15 000 € compared to the basic version. The cabin is huge, especially at the rear where it offers a space almost identical to that of its big sister LS 500h. With less references gimmicky to some aspects of the japanese culture, the interior is less confusing than the latter. The large buttons jutting out of the cap and overlooking the instrumentation and a large number of orders again show that the ES 300h is first designed for the America. Otherwise, we are in a Lexus. The ride comfort (the wheels include a device for noise reduction!) as well as the quality of the materials, and their assembly, to prove it.

OUR OPINION

Lexus expects to sell 500 ES 300h in 2019 on the French market, which seems an ambitious goal. Only 36 LS 500h, it is true two times more expensive, were sold last year in france. According to the firm, the sales professionals are expected to deliver three-quarters of the volumes, with a Business version (47 990 €) for enterprises retained in 45% of cases. May be will be-you Lexus ES 300h, thanks to your boss?

TECHNICAL SHEET

Engine

Type: 4-cylinder in-line 2 487 cm3 group permanent-magnet electric

Power: 178 hp at 5 700 tr/mn-120 hp (electric). Cumulative: 218 hp

Couple: 221 Nm (petrol) & 244, 8 Nm (electrical)

Transmission: Traction, box electronic continuously variable

Dimensions (L/w/h): 4 975 x 1 865 x 1 445 mm

Safe: 454

Weight: 1 740 kg

0-100km/h: 8, 9 s

maximum Speed: 180 km/h

Consumption (Mixed EU): 4,4 l (NEDC correlated)

CO2 Emissions: 100 g/km

Price: 47 490 62 990 €

The lines of the ES 300h are not “surdessinées”, as is sometimes the case of some japanese productions, especially at Toyota. Rouffignac Bernard

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