Review: Lexus ES (2018)


Replaced the GS and comes exclusively with 300h hybrid powertrain.

Front-drive 2.5 litre self-charging hybrid with epicyclic CVT only.

Recently Added To This Review

29 May 2019

R/2019/123: There is a possibility that the emergency calling system has not been activated. Affects cars sold between October 2018 and March 2019. Read more

19 September 2018 Lexus ES prices announced

The ES 300h makes its debut in a range of three versions: the entry-level ES, the ES F Sport and the top-of-the-range ES Takumi, a new grade which takes its name from the Japanese master craftsmanship... Read more

24 April 2018 Lexus ES revealed

The ES 300h is equipped with a new, fourth generation self-charging hybrid drive system. It couples an ultra-efficient 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle four-cylinder petrol engine with a lighter, more compact... Read more

Lexus ES (2018): At A Glance

Seventh generation Lexus ES is forging a new, more ambitious path. Long renowned for its comfort, refinement and luxury appointments, the new ES builds on its strengths with an all-new chassis that allows for a more dynamic exterior design and even better driving performance.

More spacious, quieter and safer than ever before, more dramatic styling replaces bland styling of previous generation ES. Sharpened performance, "class-leading safety technology and a level of craftsmanship rarely found in this market segment."

First Lexus ES to be sold in the UK and Western Europe. Follows the new LS flagship saloon and LC coupe in carrying forward dramatic Lexus spindle grille styling. Built on all-new Global Architecture-K (GA-K) platform giving a more engaging driving experience and higher safety provisions. Available from January 2019, the UK range features the ES 300h, powered by a new self-charging hybrid system. ES 200, ES 250 and ES 350 petrol engine models available in certain other European markets from September 2018.

Lexus ES 300h 2019 Road Test


What does a Lexus ES (2018) cost?

List Price from £38,655
Buy new from £36,768
Contract hire from £328.79 per month
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Lexus ES (2018): What's It Like Inside?

Length 4975 mm
Width 1865 mm
Height 1445 mm
Wheelbase 2870 mm

Full specifications

ES gets second generation Lexus Safety System+, 17-inch alloy wheels, Lexus Navigation with eight-inch central display, DAB, parking sensors, power-adjustable, heated front seats, sunroof and Tahara upholstery

ES F Sport adds F Sport interior and exterior styling details, 19-inch alloys, F Sport seats and adaptive sports suspension

ES Takumi comes with power bootlid with hands-free kick sensor, heated and power-reclining rear seats, 12.3-inch display, Mark Levinson premium surround sound audio, 360-degree camera, triple-zone air conditioning, triple-eye LED multi-weather headlights with Adaptive High-beam System and Adaptive Front-lighting System

Child seats that fit a Lexus ES (2018)

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Real MPG average for a Lexus ES (2018)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

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Average performance


Real MPG

55–57 mpg

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