Lexus IS SportCross (2001–2005)
Answers criticism of lack of power of original 153bhp IS200. Has 5-speed autobox with steering wheel pushbutton controls.
Engine is a 2,997cc straight six VVT-i. Develops 211bhp at 5,800rpm and 212lb ft (288Nm) torque at 3,800rpm. Gets the IS300 to sixty in 8.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 143mph. Combined fuel consumption figure of the saloon is 26.1mpg with CO2 output of 256g/km (SportCross 25.2mpg and 265g/km). For company drivers, CO2 outputs give a tax base of 33% for the saloon and 35% for the SportCross, but because the cars have very high levels of standard kit, including leather seats, BIK tax is lower than similarly equipped competitors. Insurance group is a reasonable 15E.
IS300 saloon dimensions are length 4,400mm, width 1,725mm, height 1,405mm. Boot luggage capacity is 400 litres and towing limit is 1,200kg.
SportCross dimensions are length 4,505mm; width 1,725mm, height 1,430mm. Boot luggage capacity under the luggage cover is 360 litres, plus 36 litres in side boxes, expanding to 1,046 litres with the rear seats down. Towing limit is also 1,200kg.
Full climate control air conditioning system standard on both models. An additional Foot/Demist mode has been added. Tyre size is 215/45 ZR17. New eight-speaker audio system is integrated into the centre console and includes an in-dash six-disc CD changer. For safety and convenience, audio equipment controls have been simplified for ease of operation.
As with other Lexus models, the IS300 saloon and SportCross were backed by a three year/ 60,000 miles warranty, three year paint and 12 year anti-perforation warranty.
Prices: £26,700 for the attractive saloon or £28,450 for the SportCross.
LE models from November 2003 have 11 spoke 17" alloys, High Intensity Discharge headlights, full leather interior, front, side and curtain airbags, electric multi-adjustable fron seats, 8 speaker sound system with in dash 6CD autochanger, sunroof, automatic anti-glare mirrors, cruise control, Kodiak Sky dark metallic paint. Prices of 5-speed auto £26,865.