Pre­mium sedan

LEXUS IS 300h

Wheels (Australia) - - Feature/Best Value Cars -

A RE­CUR­RING THEME for win­ners in our GSC cat­e­gories is that they’re the most af­ford­able of the top three fi­nal­ists. Not so the Lexus IS 300h. Split­ting the dif­fer­ence in price to the Audi and Benz, the IS 300h claws back points with its ef­fi­cient hy­brid driv­e­train, longer war­ranty pe­riod, and rea­son­able insurance cost. In con­trast to the usual three-year war­ranty of­fered in the pre­mium seg­ment, Lexus of­fers a longer four-year term for added peace of mind, and it again splits the Ger­mans with a com­pre­hen­sive insurance quote at $949 per year. Best­ing the Audi and Lexus’s 12 month/15,000km ser­vice in­ter­val, the Mercedes wins with a longer 25,000km pe­riod, de­spite hous­ing a so­phis­ti­cated 48-volt hy­brid system. The Audi scores a solid point for its lower de­pre­ci­a­tion, drop­ping $27,489 over three years.

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