Overall Average Rating: 87.89%
Position in the Top 100 cars: 18th
The latest IS racks up impressive results in the areas where a compact exec needs to excel – superb comfort, a cosseting ride and general ease of driving. Yet elsewhere the package falls down.
A lack of space inside is a problem, and we were disappointed with its reliability and build quality scores – they’re good, but not what we’d expect from a Lexus.
WINNER OF CLASS - Compact Executive
One of only two classes to keep the same winner as last year, yet it’s thrown up some fascinating results. The top pair of cars in the sector, traditionally dominated by German cars in terms of sales, are Japanese. Top of the pile is the Lexus IS. Its 18th position overall was enough to push it to the front of this competitive class. Some might argue the Accord should be in the family sector, but with the emphasis on desirability, not versatility, we’ve put it in here and it hasn’t disappointed. Third goes to the latest 3-Series, and the ageing IS still proves one of the most durable cars money can buy in fourth. Fifth is BMW’s 1-Series, which offers lower-cost entry into compact exec ownership.
Manufacturer Verdict (Position: 2nd)
It's the first time Lexus has had to settle for the runner-up spot, but it shouldn’t be too disappointed. Second is still a glowing testament to a line-up that features quality and reliability across the board.