In this 2018 Lexus ES Review, we look at how Lexus has just reignited its assault on the German Teutonic-three with the launch of the new ES saloon and takes aim at the Mercedes E-Class, BMW 5 Series and Audi A6.
The all-new, seventh-generation Lexus ES builds its strengths with an all-new GA-K chassis that allows for a more dynamic exterior design and even better driving performance. Question is does it have what it takes to unsettle the big three rivals? Let’s find out.
Lexus soldiers on with are spindle grill that looks a bit outlandish, however, the flowing bold lines make the ES stand out from the conservative German offering. The side profile has high-hip and shoulder lines flowing to the rear, with a futuristic rear tail lamp signature LED being the highlight of the rear profile.
Step inside the ES’ cabin, and you will notice a unique design known derived from Lexus Future Interior concept, blending a driver-centric cockpit with a spacious cabin for the front passenger.
The driver’s focus is kept on the road ahead by locating the centre display screen, instrument panel and head-up display in a tight cluster within the field of view.
The centre console houses a multi-information display unit that houses navigation and audio systems while the lower control panel has buttons that control various chassis settings like sport and comfort. The seat design is sporty with bolsters set to increase comfort at the front.
At the back, there’s ample leg and headroom for the passengers, complete with climate control settings for added comfort.
The entry-level ES 250 is powered by a 152Kw/243Nm 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine Mated to new eight-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission, delivering power to the front wheels.
It accelerates from 0-100km/h in 9.1 seconds, while returning a claimed fuel economy figure of 6.6L/100 kilometres. The ES 300h is equipped with a new, fourth-generation, self-charging hybrid drive system that consists of the same 2.5-litre engine with a lighter, more compact and more power-dense electric motor.
Total system power is 160 kW and combined cycle fuel economy is from 4.6 l/100km. The ES 300h sprints from 0-100 km/h in a laudable 8.9 seconds and is electronically-governed to a top speed of 180 km/h.
The ES features the advanced active and passive safety technology that includes ten airbags and the Pre-Crash System (PCS) which is capable of detecting oncoming vehicles and pedestrians.
PCS has also been enhanced to detect pedestrians at night by increasing the radar’s sensitivity and dynamic range. In case it detects an emergency, it engages Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), ABS and EBD to steer you away to safety.
The ES is the step in the right direction by Lexus, offering the consumer a quality product that is well built, powerful and eco-friendly. The ES300H will make its African Debut November 2018.