I drive the older-generation (2015) ES Hybrid and the first time I drove a ES 350 loaner, I was not impressed. To me, it was missing the "smoothness, quietness, and response" of my ES 300h. And I do not miss the high-end power of the V6, as I drive mainly in urban traffic and I find that the torque and power of my Hybrid is enough, even when accelerating to join freeway traffic.Before getting this car, I was concerned the downgrade from a six cylinder to a four cylinder hybrid would be noticeable - it's the other way around. Yes it doesn't have the high end power band of the 2GR-FE but the smoothness, quietness, and response is on a completely different level (though I don't know how the 2GR-FKS/8AT combo behaves). Combined with a very solid chassis, this is the best car I've driven ever, and I say this as someone who has driven the entire lineup of JLR, Volvo, BMW and Audi. Sure Mercedes and more expensive brands may have better ride quality and comfort, but this car has no competition at ￥370k. It punches well above its class. The overall comfort level is close to a 7-series or A8 LWB. Even without rear acoustic windows on the base trim the car is already dead silent.
To drive a hybrid efficiently you need to accelerate fast and glide as much as you can. Driving gently is not the optimal way.3.8L/100km is an amazing figure for this type of car (size/weight), even in my sisters 2010 Auris Hybrid I need to be very very gentle to get this king of fuel consumption!