If you’re looking for a second-hand vehicle it is hard to ignore the value offered by the Lexus range, particularly the sedans. One of the very best buys has to be the GS, Lexus’s mid-sized sedan, which offers all the traditional values of a Lexus along with a sporty drive and modern styling.
The Lexus range can be quire confusing at first glance, with all models identified by a two-letter combo, which ends in ‘S’ for the sedans and ‘X’ for the SUVs. Here’s a quick explanation of the sedan range in order of price: IS (compact sport sedan), GS (mid-size sport sedan), ES (mid-size executive sedan) and LS (premium sedan).
While the ES and GS are similar in size and have very similar powerplants, the ES is front-wheel-drive and focuses on comfort, while the GS is rear-wheel-drive and splits its focus between comfort and sportiness.
As you’d expect of a sport sedan with rear-wheel-drive and a fair bit of power beneath the bonnet, the GS is agile to drive with very little body roll and wonderfully precise steering. The suspension is firm enough to minimise body roll on twisty roads, but soft enough to stay calm and comfortable on harsh tar roads.
In terms of engine selection, there are two options. The 200t makes use of a turbocharged 2-litre petrol engine that produces almost V6 levels of power from its four cylinders with low fuel consumption: 180kW, along with 350Nm of torque and average fuel consumption of 8L/100km. The GS 350F-Sport is fitted with a 2.5-litre V^ petrol engine that produces 232kW and 380Nm of torque, with claimed average fuel consumption of 11.3L/100km. Both vehicles make use of a silky smooth 8-speed automatic transmission.
Launched in 2016, the most recent GS is a beautifully designed vehicle that uses the family spindle grille, sharp lines and a myriad of curves and angles to create a sport and aggressive whole with great presence on the road. Distinctive bi-LED lights were a finishing touch.
As has come to be expected of Lexus, the list of standard equipment is long, with things like heated and cooled seats, a GPS-enabled analogue clock that automatically adjusts to the time zone you’re driving in, and a three-zone climate control, in addition to the ‘normal’ luxury appointments such as leather upholstery and paddle-shift gear selectors.
Occupant safety is virtually assured by a host of passive and active safety systems: ABS braking with Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control and Vehicle Dynamic Integrated Management, and front, side, knee and curtain airbags.
The GS is covered by a 4-year warranty and full maintenance plan.
Incredible build quality
Almost perfect balance between sportiness and comfort
High levels of technology and safety equipment