The Lexus ES 300h: where mid-size luxury meets affordable pricing

The Lexus ES 300h: where mid-size luxury meets affordable pricing

The Lexus ES 300h is a mid-size sedan which delivers sharper performance, new safety technology and an impressive level of automotive craftsmanship that has taken this particular model to the next level.

Now in its seventh generation, this latest Lexus ES 300h builds on the car’s renowned comfort, refinement and luxury appointments with an exceptionally rigid new chassis that allows for a more dynamic exterior design and even better driving performance.

It is the first vehicle in its segment to include as standard a head-up display, 12.3-inch multimedia screen, wireless phone charger and road-sign assist. The latest Lexus Safety System+ also incorporates new features and expanded capabilities, including daytime cyclist detection which is part of the comprehensive pre-collision system. Already capable of detecting oncoming vehicles and pedestrians, the system has also been enhanced to detect pedestrians at night by increasing the radar’s sensitivity and dynamic range.

Australia is one of the first global markets to receive the Lexus ES 300h with its new self-charging hybrid system. Power has been boosted almost six per cent (9kW) to 160kW while fuel consumption has been reduced by 16.4 per cent to an exemplary 4.6 litres/100km (combined cycle). It is the most fuel-efficient car in its class that does not require a plug. Furthermore, advanced combustion technologies have resulted in a new-generation 2.5-litre petrol engine that is among the most thermally efficient engines in a production vehicle. This engine is combined with hybrid system components that are smaller, lighter and more efficient while ensuring smoother power delivery.

The car is remarkably smooth and comfortable, and a newly designed suspension system (MacPherson struts at the front and a trailing-arm, multi-link set-up at the rear) adopt saturation-type shock absorbers to improve overall responsiveness.

The Lexus ES 300h is packed with segment-leading technology, and essential information for the driver is available through the 12.3-inch multimedia display screen, colour head-up display and an ultra-sharp LCD instrument panel that incorporates a 7-inch multi-information display. Satellite navigation, Lexus Enform and DAB+ digital radio are standard, while the remote touch interface pad has been redesigned and gains vibration feedback.

“The system has also been enhanced to detect pedestrians at night by increasing the radar’s sensitivity and dynamic range”

The Lexus ES 300h luxury variant also features a 10-speaker Pioneer audio system, while for sports luxury, the car features a 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound system with world-first design architecture created to immerse occupants in the most powerful, precise and richest audio experience yet, no matter their seating position. The driving experience can be further enhanced with active sound control, generating an audio feedback that gives the aural effect of up and downshifts like those experienced with a geared automatic transmission.

Heated front seats in the Lexus ES 300h luxury model offer 10-way power adjustment, while in sports luxury, they are also ventilated with 14-way adjustment for the driver’s seat and 12-way for the passenger seat. Rear headroom has been improved while luggage space benefits from the hybrid battery being relocated under the rear seat.

The Lexus ES 300h is also very easy on the eye and its style has been inspired by the Lexus LS flagship sedan, with a longer, lower and wider silhouette, complemented by a larger footprint due to the longer wheelbase and wider tracks. Alloy wheels are standard (17-inch for the luxury model) while the 18-inch sports luxury wheels feature a hollow rim structure to help reduce tyre noise.

Other ES Luxury equipment includes dual-zone air-conditioning, automatic rain-sensing wipers, a moonroof, electronic park brake, premium trim and a power-adjustable steering column. The sports luxury model expands the air-conditioning to three zones with a humidity sensor. It is also equipped with a hands-free boot opener, semi-aniline leather-accented seats, heated steering wheel and adjustable, heated rear seats that recline.

Despite the enhancements and additional equipment, Lexus is pushing for greater uptake of its hybrid technology with a recommended retail price of $59,888 for the luxury grade (a reduction of more than $3800) while sports luxury pricing sports luxury pricing is $74,888.