TEST DRIVE: LEXUS IS 250
The Lexus 250 is the epitome of sleek. The smooth lines and sculpted curves blend together so well that you can’t help but be mesmerised. The car houses a seven-inch display monitor that is controlled by an eight-direction joystick and boasts a 15-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound System, including an Auto Volume System that automatically adjusts the audio system volume to complement the genre of each song as it is played. It also has a Remote Touch that allows the driver to interact with the navigation and audio systems with the same ease of a computer mouse.
When we say this car is luxurious, we mean it. The front seats, covered in quilted seat cushions, are snug yet comfortable and you feel like you’re being held in place with ultra-soft and comfortable leather. Legroom is also generous and the backseat can seat up to three adults. The backseat can also be folded down to give you extra trunk space. For the front seats, there are knee pads on both sides of the centre console that contributes to a stable and comfortable posture during long drives.
The Lexus IS 250 combines sports driving and environmental performance as it combines the power of a 2.5 litre engine with high-fuel efficiency for a powerful, smooth and balanced drive. The car also responds immediately to your every move albeit its weighty feel. Despite that, it is easy to control and is an easy drive.
Unlike other cars that come with the standard six airbags, the IS 250 comes with eight airbags for added safety. It also has sensors all around the vehicle that alerts you if you are too close to something or if another vehicle is too close to yours. The Hillstart Assist Control (HAC) prevents the IS 250 from slipping when starting off up or downhill. It also includes Anti-Lock Braking ( ABS), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRC), Brake Assist (BA), and a tyre inflation press warning system that monitors the air pressure in your tyres and lets you know when you need to fill them up again. One of the best safety features is the pop-up hood that provides protection for the pedestrian in the event of a frontal collision where the hood instantly pops up to create space to absorb the impact force on the pedestrian.
This car oozes sexiness, class and style. All the cool stuff doesn’t hurt too! Definitely two thumbs up on this swank ride.
The Lexus IS 250 is priced at RM269,900 OTR excluding insurance.