Drive Australia Comparison: Lexus IS 250 vs. BMW 316i vs. Mercedes C200 vs. Audi A4

Lexus IS 250 in Drive Australia Comparison

Drive Australia has brought the Lexus IS 250, BMW 316i, Mercedes C200 & Audi A4 1.8 TFSI for a comparison test — here’s what they had to say about the newest Lexus sedan:

The boldly styled cabin combines sporty and luxurious elements. Cabin storage is quite good, although there are no rear door pockets, and the front central cup holders can impinge on arm room for passengers.

It’s powered by a 2.5-litre V6 engine with 152 kW of power and 252 Nm of torque. Response is good, performing best as revs rise. It was ranked equal-second fastest in our testing with an 8.7 second 0-100km/h time, although that disguises the delivery of the torque (or mid-range pull) that can make acceleration feel effortless.

Despite placing last in fuel economy, the IS 250 “hit the sweet spot for luxury and equipment”, beating out the competition and finishing first overall.

(The written review is accompanied by a video that does a great job of summarizing the comparison.)

Read the Comparison Test (Thanks Shukul!)


  1. The new IS is a CHAMP.
  2. So the New IS win every single battle it enters This some how reminds me by the previous generations of 3-Series The prove The IS IS the New 3-Series
  3. also crew, you should mention that the IS has resieved 5 star Euro Ncap safty.
  4. Finally a base for base test! What is it with Americans and comparing the IS250 to the 328i? Which is even more expensive than the IS350!!!