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2017 Lexus IS 200t Review

2017 Lexus IS 200t Road test and review…

2017 Lexus IS 200t Review

It’s 30 years since the Lexus brand first appeared in Australia and in 2017 the range is headed up by impressive models like the IS 200t.

Boasting the latest Lexus styling, which is a far cry from the earlier ‘boxy’ Lexus cars, the current-series IS rivals any of its mid-size premium competitors in the looks department.

Quite bold at the front, especially with its slanted headlights and recessed duct-like fog lights, the styling lines carry well through the rest of the car and the wheel arches and wide track make for a sharp, intimidating stance.

2017 Lexus IS 200t ReviewUnder the bonnet is a reasonably new addition to the Lexus family – a 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine.

Bringing with it power and torque figures of 180kW/350Nm, the engine propels the Lexus sedan to 100km/h in a very respectable 8.3 seconds.

You also have the ability to alter the feel and performance of the engine, and overall suspension/steering feel, through the switchable drive modes.

Normal, Eco and Sport are available and the system provides plenty of variation between sedate and sporty.

Underneath the skin, you will find a platform equipped with double wishbone rear suspension, and a damping system that helps reduce vibration without sacrificing the rigidity of the body.

The resulting ride comfort is high, even on large diameter 18” alloy wheels.

Outside the city, I subjected the IS 200t to some spirited driving on both highways and country roads.

Lexus has done a great job tuning the chassis to provide excellent stability and agility, the ride feels sporty, but not to the point where you would consider it uncomfortable.

Because of its relatively low centre of gravity, it delivers good handling characteristics, as well as a fun, driver-oriented experience.

The inside of the 2017 Lexus IS doesn’t disappoint either, even in base-model ‘Luxury’ trim.

The interior is top notch with leather-wrapped seats that offer a good driving position and a well balanced steering wheel, which is as nice to hold as it looks.

The premium audio and navigation system also delivers great sound and easy-to-navigate menus through a controller mounted on the centre console.

Fire up the car with the push-button start and you won’t hear much.

The engine being surprisingly muted – that is until you tickle the pedal lightly, then the car springs into life.

Naturally, as you would expect, the standard package is extensive and includes:

  • Power adjustable steering column
  • Reverse camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Distance control cruise control
  • DVD player
  • Electrically adjustable/heated front seats
  • Digital radio

While the designers have managed to add in a selection of well-sized storage areas as well as first class head, leg and shoulder space front and rear.

Safety is covered by a full five-star ANCAP safety rating across the 2017 Lexus IS range and Lexus charges an additional $1,500 for metallic paint – though there are some basic metallic colours available at no extra charge.

2017 Lexus IS 200t ReviewSumming it up; the Lexus IS 200t continues to impress and improve.

For those seeking a luxury car with a well-placed price tag, it should be high on the shopping list.

NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 Lexus IS 200t

Engine: 2.0 litre turbo-petrol producing 180kW and 350Nm

Transmission: Eight-speed automatic

Safety: Five stars

Warranty: 4yrs/100,000km

Origin: Japan

Price: from $58,880

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About Garry Fabian 131 Articles

Garry is a contributor to Behind the Wheel. He has been a freelance journalist for over 25 years across a wide range of subjects, including technical and health areas.

He has written weekly car reviews and automotive articles and historic features for a number of newspapers and magazines.

12 Comments on 2017 Lexus IS 200t Review

  1. I’m such a fan of reverse cameras. I think it contributes to safety with drivers. So glad Lexus really puts importance on driver’s safety. It’s my priority when looking at cars for purchase.

  2. Lexus cars are new to me. But this brand is really a good deal. This is my favorite car now because of the specs and beautiful look. How I wish I can drive this.

  3. In my opinion, all Lexus cars look good and this has a very sleek yet muscular appearance to it that seems to be suited for business people. Definitely a good looking buy for me.

  4. I’d probably like the Sport model. Its interior will definitely even look far more remarkable than the trim. And 8.3 secs to 100km/h is not bad at all.

  5. When viewed from the front side this car looks sleek but from back side it looks stockier and muscular. The curvy dent on the back door really add the accent imo.

  6. Looks good. Pricing seems reasonable for the features Lexus provides; especially the drive-mode selector. A car that I would want to test drive.

  7. I’ve always been a Toyota fan and when they brought in Lexus I was curious about it but never came to a point to buy one. This is a nice car, easily beating out same cars in its category. I might give it a test run to see if it will convince me to get one!

  8. Man look at the shine on this baby. The grill looks smooth and the interior looks very classy. And that power and torque figures of 180kW/350Nm is very impressive. Lexus definitely did not disappoint!

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