Lexus just won a couple more awards, on "Best cars to own: Driver Power 2020 results
Simon Lake’s life revolves around cars – he’s held various jobs in the motor industry, and is currently facilities project manager for the Racing Point Formula One team. His wife took delivery of a Lexus NX
about a year ago, and he was so impressed with it that he decided to buy a car from the firm, too. So in November 2019 he picked up his brand-new facelifted RX 450h.
“The one thing that was most surprising to me was its smoothness and its pace,” Simon said. “It’s actually quite a powerful car. The other thing I love is that it feels handmade – there are no rattles or squeaks.”
Simon lives in Tadworth, Surrey but works in Northants, and twice a week he uses his RX to tow his caravan between one county and the other.
“The car’s perfect for things like that because it’s beautifully comfortable,” Simon continued. “The thing you realise about the Lexus is that once you’ve driven 100 miles in heavy traffic, you emerge from the car so much more relaxed than you would in anything else.”
The RX is so good at long-distance driving, in fact, that Simon is planning to go to Berlin and back in it with a friend, once the current travel restrictions have been lifted.
“The longer you live with the RX, the more you realise how much thought has gone into it. It’s solid, classy and understated.”
“The RX has plenty of boot space, which comes in handy when going away for a weekend or using the car for a longer holiday.”
’s age is no impediment to success, with the car said to impress nearly everywhere, aside from infotainment. But glossing over an interface that you tell us is fiddly to use and offers poor connectivity, you rave about the IS’s reliability, and also say it’s a really nice car to drive thanks to its responsive brakes and steering, plus smooth ride.
Running costs are also said to be low, despite the IS’s executive status, while you say it looks sleek, inside and out, backed up by excellent build quality. Combine this with Lexus’s famed dealer network and you have a model that is likely to make your motoring life very easy indeed.
“I’m now on my sixth Lexus IS and I cannot find any other car in the same price bracket that compares.”
“Adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist are useful on long journeys. AEB
also helped me once, when the car in front had no brake lights.”