|This is a mid-life refresh for the Lexus IS, Toyota's premium brand that employs petrol hybrid technology for low emissions rather than a diesel.|
|Key rival:||BMW 3-series|
|Lexus IS300h Advance|
|On sale:||March 2017|
Lexus has revised its compact executive challenger, with the hybrid and petrol IS models getting a very subtle styling revamp consisting of new headlamps, larger bumper, air intakes and tweaked grille, as well as more significant engineering and interior upgrades.
The Toyota-owned firm has uprated suspension components and adjusted springs and shocks in an attempt to engineer a more rewarding drive without harming the ride quality; it’s certainly a step in the right direction from a drive point of view and the ride is still decent.
Inside, the infotainment system now has a larger 10.3-inch monitor and some switchgear has changed, which is all for the better in what was previously a relatively user-unfriendly cabin.
Improvements aside, the IS continues to be most appealing on a balance sheet, where the 101g/km powertrain and decent residuals make for a car that beats its German rivals for cost per mile.