For the very first comparison test featuring a 2013 Lexus GS 350, Car & Driver puts Lexus’ newest sedan up against the 2012 Audi A6 3.0T Quattro :
In subjective scoring, steering was the GS350’s only major dynamic demerit. There were also some negative responses for its styling (busy, nondescript front end, slab sides, rear end reminiscent of a Kia Optima); ergonomics (partially hidden secondary controls); rear-seat space (three adults for three miles equals civil war); and ride quality (a tad too firm for choppy pavement).
On the other hand, the GS was tops in driver comfort, with better seats. Interior styling was beyond reproach, materials were princely, and the huge (12.3 inches) nav display would’ve drawn raves from Mr. Magoo.
But in terms of sports-sedan chops, two score-card stats stand out. Though the Audi aced the objective testing, the GS got our nod in subjective handling.
Although the A6 ends up first place in the comparison with a score of 221 to 216, a serious look at the points breakdown [PDF link] reveals a match too close to call and ultimately too subjective to matter.
One part of the comparison that’s definitely worth taking a look at is the accompanying photo gallery with the two models side-by-side:
(I’m an unabashed fan of Audi’s exterior design language, but the A6 looks dull next to the GS — have to say, I much prefer the deeper, sculpted look of Lexus L-Finesse.)