Lexus coupe review




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    What is it? Lexus attracted plenty of attention with its striking LC coupe in but Toyota's luxury arm has a second, cheaper, two-door.

    While it's visually arresting and a general rarity on UK streets, the Lexus RC h's aesthetic appeal and comfort aren't quite enough to.

    Lexus coupe review

    Lexus coupe review

    We often found that pulling away at sensible speeds would kick the petrol engine into play to get moving away from traffic lights fast enough. Which is about the same as a 1-litre EcoBoost Ford Fiesta in ps trim. Lighter, faster and more athletic than the already brilliant S, the LT It's accurate, responsive and well weighted, and while feedback is muffled, this is one electric system that doesn't feel at all artificial, bolstering the cornering confidence lent by the Torsen differential.

    Lexus coupe review

    Lexus coupe review

    Lexus coupe review

    Lexus coupe review

    Lexus coupe review

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    There's something to be said for rarity. When sighting an unusual car it turns heads because it bucks the familiar trend. Which is exactly what the Lexus RC h does. Drive through town in this sporty-looking coupe and its mammoth front grille will get eyes glancing in its general direction.

    And not because it's got a rapturous V8 under the hood and makes a big song and dance there's the RC F for that. Oh no, that "h" stands for hybrid - meaning the RC h can, in theory, pull away in total silence on electricity alone. But there are reasons for rarity, both good and bad. So why is the Lexus so rarely seen meandering down the UK's bumpy B-roads? It could be down to a number of things: We spent a week with the RC h to see whether its aesthetic allure and eco-conscious hybrid setup is enough to make it excel as the sport coupe to go for.

    Lexus coupe review

    We think the RC h's face is a striking example of design difference in a typically modest category. That grille looks like it could eat up the road for breakfast without a care. Those Nike-esque "tick" headlights echo both front and rear to add some sharpness to the smoother lines. Optional mud flaps to the rear add even more streamlining to the look. If you were to line-up the Lexus side-by-side against the Audi A5 Coupe and Mercedes-Benz CD - arguably its most comparable competitors - then we think it looks the most unusual.

    It's not quite as futuristic as the LC , mind, but that's something to keep in mind for and beyond. A week with the RC h gave us plenty of opportunity to test the car out on a variety of roads - a long drive from London to the Peak District and back; stop-start traffic driving through busy south London; a few trips around the A, M25 and down the M20 - to give us a broad sense of how it feels to live with this car.

    Lexus coupe review

    The conclusion is simple enough: The F Sport interior, here shown in dark rose leather it's kinda cherry red, really with aluminium inlays, doesn't add to the price tag at this trim level. There's also the option of clove, black or grey leather - whatever takes your fancy.

    All include both heated and vented seats you can even switch both on at the same time, which is unusual , plus electrically adjustable driver and passenger seats.

    At least Lexus doesn't charge for every addition under the sun like Audi, BMW and Merc do - which helps to equalise the price and value proposition. Comfortable though it may be, there's a certain disconnect with the interior; it's a bit of a time-warp. For a start there's a CD player slot, which feels like it's been drawn out of the 90s. That Lexus clock, front and centre, is iconic, but it just looks kind of gaudy in this setup.

    Lexus coupe review

    Tucked above that clock is the infotainment screen, buried into the dash. That's about the biggest extra box you're likely to tick on this car. Problem in, "premium" is more than a misnomer. Lexus is behind in this department: Typing in a destination feels about a decade out of date, too, given the process of typing in a very specific address only - something Android Auto could address with Google Maps, were it available.

    Furthermore the whole system is really hard to use. We're not labouring this point unnecessarily: The little pad to the centre tunnel offers haptic feedback to assist your sliding finger when jostling between on-screen letters and options, but it's hyper-sensitive and all too easy to infuriatingly miss what you want, select the wrong option or type in the wrong letter. Ultimately Lexus has a massive opportunity here. A huge company - Toyota owns the brand, along with Scion, Daihatsu and more - there's no reason for it to lag behind in this department.

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