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.
The ES is too new to have appeared in the 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, but the Lexus brand as a whole has consistently been a strong performer over the years and was the best brand in the 2020 survey. Further to this, many mainstream Lexus models scored well in terms of reliability – the CT hatchback was ranked 4th best car overall.
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 offers fixed-rate servicing for cars up to 10 years old or 100,000 miles on the clock. The costs change depending on whether it is classed as an “intermediate” or “full” service. The former are at 10, 30, 50, 70 and 90 thousand miles and cost £280. The remaining full services vary in price from £520 to £655. In total, ten years of servicing will cost around £4,400.
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.
In this review
- 1Lexus ES reviewThe Lexus ES is a very comfortable and refined executive saloon with impressively low running costs
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe ES is easy to drive and undemanding, but isn’t well suited to enthusiastic driving
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsImpressive fuel consumption and low emissions mean the ES hybrid makes sense for business and private owners alike
- 4Interior, design and technologyA comfortable cabin with excellent materials, but the infotainment system lacks some key features
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceA comfortable and spacious cabin is offered, but the boot space is inflexible
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingLexus’s reliability record is one of the best, while standard safety equipment is comprehensive