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First Drive – Lexus GS 450h

The Lexus GS 450h

 

What is it?   The Lexus GS 450h has received a total makeover for 2013 making it more stylish and sportier to drive. It is a full hybrid car so this essentially means it has a petrol engine and an electric one and can switch between both. Around town it can cruise virtually silent on the electric motor alone.

First impression of the new GS 450h Featuring an all new design inside and out the new GS has all the bells and whistles you could dream of.

What about the interior?
Inside the GS is very smart and classy and on a par with the best that Audi can offer. The driving position is excellent and it is supremely comfortable and luxurious throughout. Head room and overall space is good throughout. A common issue with hybrid cars is the lack of space in the boot due to the battery but in the GS overall luggage space has been increased by 60% so there is no compromise there.

And on the road?
Lexus GS 450h and the city: With responsive steering, it is balanced and poised and zips around town.
Lexus GS 450h and the open road: The GS is designed to soak up the miles at good speed and its makes light work of motorways.

How Much? Prices for the Lexus GS 450h start from €59,950 for the Executive grade. The F Sport will start from €72,950, with prices for the Premium grade starting from €76,250.

How Safe? The new Lexus GS is equipped with some of the most technologically advanced pre-emptive, active and passive safety and driver assistance systems available on the market today.

What are my choices? There are three different trim levels, the entry level Executive, the F Sport and the Premium level.

3 words to describe the Lexus GS 450h Green, Advanced, Stealthy

25th June, 2012

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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