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Lexus ES review - Reliability and Safety

Lexus’s reliability record is one of the best, while standard safety equipment is comprehensive

While Lexus doesn’t promote the safety of its products as heavily as some manufacturers, the reality is that the ES has performed well under official testing and comes with a broad range of safety equipment both as standard and optionally. 

The ES received a full five-star rating when it was tested by Euro NCAP in 2018, scoring 91% for adult occupant protection, 90% for vulnerable road user protection and 77% for its safety assist systems. As standard, all ES models come with the Lexus Safety System+ package, which includes autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, while there is also radar-guided cruise control and lane assist that provides Level 2 automated driver support. The Takumi model also adds a blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert as standard. 

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The ES is too new to have appeared in the 2018 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, but the Lexus brand as a whole has been a consistently strong performer over the years and was the best brand in the 2018 survey.


The Lexus ES warranty covers a period of three years or 60,000 miles, which is broadly in line with its competitors in terms of the time period. However, some rivals offer unlimited mileage over the same period, although with its reputation for reliability this may be much less of an issue. Interestingly, parent firm Toyota offers a five-year warranty on its models.


Lexus has yet to confirm service costs for the ES but it is likely to be in line with other models with the same powertrain, resulting in an intermediate cost of around £250 and the major services varying between £500 and £650 depending on the mileage interval. This is broadly in line with key rivals, but the bonus is that Lexus dealerships have scored very highly for customer satisfaction over the years in the Driver Power survey, so you’re unlikely to be disappointed with the level of service you experience.


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