TEST DRIVE: LEXUS IS 250

CLEO (Malaysia) - - ROAD RULES -

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.

RACHEL BIL­SON

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