The Lexus IS300h mates a 2.5-litre petrol iengine with a battery, and that’s what makes up the 300h. The Hybrid set-up delivers 220bhp. The car itself is very smooth when you decide to drive it like a hybrid – that is slow and steady. Put the foot down though and there tends to be some typical CVT gearbox whining and the car screams for fake gear changes.
To really enjoy this car, you shouldn’t treat it like you would a conventional petrol engine machine – nope, drive it like a hybrid should be driven and you will find that this is a very comfortable cruiser. The Lexus IS300h features a beautifully comfortable interior that really makes you feel at ease when stuck in traffic. If you are stuck in city traffic, the battery should kick in, and we found that it covered a distance of circa 5km in the city. By 700km, we returned an average fuel economy of 7 l/100km. However, after the video was created, we drove it beyond 900km and our return was 6.7 l/100km – which is good-enough when you consider that the main power for this vehicle comes from a 2.5-litre petrol set-up.
The boot is small because of the battery, and if you were to throw this around a corner, you would notice the extra weight. However, as already stated, drive the Lexus IS300h like a hybrid should be driven, and the handling is smooth.
Unlike the the LC500h, the infotainment set-up in the car is easy to use. It could occasionally be clunky, but once you get the hang of it there should be no complaining.