When I walked towards the new Lexus IS250C, I felt timid. The front grille and headlights are agile and brawn. It’s asking to have a wild owner who isn’t afraid to use the accelerator. Or the brakes – because those brakes work!
The sexy new addition to the IS250 family is now in a hard top convertible in three models. The Prestige, Sports and Sports Luxury.
I test drove the Sports in black metallic paint with black leather interior, which is superbly appointed with all the gadgets you’d expect from Lexus.
When I opened the door, I was welcomed into the cockpit, deep soft leather seats and a high centre console, which makes it feel more like you’re in the nerve centre of a technological masterpiece. I closed the door, and heard the noise I love to hear. A deep heavy THUD.
The car has a Smart Key Card, which means there is no key. It’s a card no thicker then a credit card, which you keep in your pocket, starting the car with the ENGINE START/STOP button on the dashboard behind the steering wheel. I pressed it and out came the chilled-out roar of the 2.5 Litre V6 engine. I drove the 6-speed sequential shift, which has the paddles on the steering wheel to shift gears.
The car sticks to the road, driving into corners with the confidence of a European performance vehicle. A hard press of the brakes made me feel good about having to use them in an actual emergency. They work and they work well!
It has all the fun little gadgets to make the drive fun, safe and comfortable, Sat Nav, inbuilt bluetooth, electric seats with memory function, radar technology to monitor the road and reversing camera.
The displays, the dashboard and the buttons are all easy to use and in good reach of the driver. Everything is logical and built smart. Rear leg space isn’t too bad, and the back seats are very comfortable – they are normally forgotten about in convertibles. The roof opens and closes in 20 seconds, which is quick for when you notice a few raindrops on the windscreen at the lights.
A great range of colours and trims, accessories and standard equipment makes the Lexus IS250C Sports a great little package at around $89,656 drive away.
Likes: Standard equipment level is high, feels safe, feels strong, comfortable seats, functional and easy. Ride and handling. Lexus has great customer service when it comes to servicing and owner privileges.
Dislikes: The rear-side styling looks a little bland, bulky and awkward. Sexy car, but has something missing. A little extra power and grunt under the bonnet would be nice.
Would I buy it? Thats a hard one. It’s a great car with a great package. I’d be more inclined to look around at other brands first, and even consider a soft top for $20-$30,000 less – like the BMW 1 Series Convertible. I’d also consider the Volvo C70 Convertible.