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Drive of your life this week…


is the stunning Lexus GS250 Luxury

What is it? The fourth generation of Lexus’s luxury sports saloon car.

Who would want one? Any classy lady who loves to indulge in the good things of life and that extends to her car as this GS250 is simply luxury personified and decked with gadgets.                                          

The exhilarating thrill: is not just the effortless way this car dreamingly reaches 62mph in just 8.6 seconds and claims a top speed of 144 mph courtesy of the 2.5 litre petrol V6, 24-valve DOCH engine with VVT-1 mated to a six speed automatic gearbox but the ability to change driving modes via a dial set down by the gear lever. At the end of each month when money is tight, turn the dial to Eco mode to preserve precious fuel and drive more economically; if money is sufficient keep the dial in Normal mode and let the technology work out everything for you. But if money no object, whack the dial to Sport mode and have the exhilarating drive of your life as the GS250 zooms away at a much faster pace complete with the head turning, ear splitting throaty noise that bellows out from the rear tailpipes when Sport mode is selected.

Wow factors to make the neighbours go green: start with the stunning new “spindle front” front grille design that the GS250 proudly boasts being the first Lexus to have it. The long bonnet gently falls to meet a stunning set of Bi-Xenon headlights with LED running lights and this graciously drops into the colour coded bumper with integrated fog lights and grille. To profile are whopping 18-inch alloy wheels, colour coded door handles, striking body lines and colour coded electrically adjustable heated plus auto dimming door mirrors that also fold when the car is locked. Round to the back is another set of attractive LED rear lights dripping into the colour coded bumper with rear fog lights. If lockjaw has not set by now, it will.

On the other hand…! The Voice Command for the telephone that I think is a bit deaf as whilst really easy to use by simply pressing a button on the steering wheel once Bluetooth on your phone has been activated, she does not quite understand the simply commands like “dial home” that comes back at “dial hu?” or “Dial Rebecca” – my daughter, that comes back as “dial 5?” as she repeats everything you ask in order to confirm. Just a bit frustrating as it is such a great safety gadget and one of the easiest I have ever had to fathom out.

Where would the sunglasses fit? Well not in their own designated holder that is a surprise as this car seems to have everything, but either of the dual cup holders will suffice or the door pockets.

Will it take the shopping? Most definitely thanks to the very generous 552 litres of space that will easily take the weeklyshop and have plenty of room left for more exciting shopping purchases.

Hiding secret purchases sneakily is doable thanks to the slim but lockable glove box, the pull out pockets behind the two front seats, under the sliding centre armrest is a pull out tray and under that is a large secret compartment or best, in the boot to the left side is a secret opening in the floor that lifts up and reveals some seriously sneaky chubby holes.

Helping hands may light work thanks to dusk sensing headlights, rain sensing wipers, auto dimming rear view mirror, electric windows, electrically adjustable door mirrors that are auto dimming, heated and fold when the car is locked, front and rear fog lights, front and rear parking sensors with a rear view camera plus cruise control with speed limiter.

Creature Comforts to luxuriate in are the full leather upholstery, 10-way fully electrically adjustable front seats with 3 memory settings, electrically adjustable steering wheel, heated front seats for chilly days and air conditioned for hot days. How clever is that! Then there is dual zone climate control, electric lumber support, Smart entry and Start button, an impressive 12-speaker audio system with DAB digital tuner, 8 inch multimedia screen with Touch Control and an HDD navigation system.

The Greatest Gadget?  Is the Touch Control that one uses to access the telephone, audio, car information set up, climate control and the navigation system that is very sensitive and makes an audible sound when selecting. It is so cool and all the information is clearly displayed on an 8 inch full colour screen set into the middle of the dashboard and protected from the sun by a large leather dome shaped cover. 

Avoiding the costly repair shop poses no problems thanks to ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist, that effectively gives the ability to brake and steer thus avoid obstacles, Hill Start Assist Control function that prevents embarrassing roll backs into matey boy behind by mistake, Vehicle Stability Control that will adjust each wheel to prevent skidding, Traction Control that will sort out the wheels for you in a skid so you do not have to steer into the skid and a Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management that will cleverly sort out any other problems for you without you probably even realising there is a problem. Finally there is a tyre pressure warning in case your tyres are under inflated and might blow plus the greatest new safety gadget in the last couple of years of a blind spot monitor on both door mirrors that alerts the driver if someone if actually overtaking you  whilst in your blind spot.

Keeping your precious cargo safe:  is all down to a plethora of airbags; driver and passenger front and knee airbags, driver, front passenger and outer rear passenger side airbags plus curtain airbags. Then there height adjustable front seatbelts with pretensions and seatbelt reminders, height adjustable headrests  to reduce whiplash injuries, child proof locks on the rear doors, 3X3 point rear seatbelts and Isofix child seat restraint system on the two outer seats in the rear.

 Avoiding it being nicked is the Smart entry system that will not allow anyone else except the key holder to enter the car plus remote central locking.

Star rating: 5/5 as this car is utterly superb and I am being rather pedantic over the Voice Control issue. She is OK most of the time and very easy to use.

Consider: Possibly the hybrid version of this GS250 if preserving the environment is top on your list.

Web link: www.lexus.co.uk

Jackie Violet
Motoring Correspondent 

At a Glance
Test Model: Lexus GS250 Luxury

RRP: £35,995
Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
0-62mph: 8.6 seconds
Top speed: 144 mph
Combined Fuel: 31.7 mpg
Insurance Group: 33E
CO2 emissions: 207 g/km
Horsepower: 207/154 bhp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque: 253 Nm @ 4,800 rpm 

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