Lexus ES 300h: business sedan with savings potential

While Lexus counts as a full member of the Premium Club on the North American market, Toyota’s premium brand is struggling in Germany. This also applies to the five-meter ES sedan, which sees itself as an alternative to the 5-series BMW, Mercedes E-Class and Audi A6. Now in a modified form, the ES tries its luck with more elegance and various improvements, for example concerning the infotainment and the continuously variable CVT transmission. The hybrid drive with its savings potential will be retained.

Lexus ES 300h: A 2.5-liter gasoline engine cooperates with an electric motor.


Lexus proceeded cautiously with the facelift of the ES, which has also been offered in Europe since 2018. Visually, the upper middle class sedan mainly changes the radiator grille, which now looks more elegant, and the more striking front headlights, plus there are new 17 and 18-inch wheels, and the particularly sporty F-Sport models even have 19-inch models. Smaller modifications can also be seen in the nobly designed interior, where the multimedia screen that has been moved to the front, now with touchscreen operation, grows to 12.3 inches.

Expensive extra

While you can quickly find your way around the steering wheel of the ES, we found the arrangement and sharpness of the digital camera exterior mirrors to be less than satisfactory, and they cost around 2000 euros extra.

Lexus ES 300h

Looking back in a special way: The ES 300h offers digital exterior mirrors.

The occupants find plenty of space even in the rear of the almost five-meter-long sedan, with 454 liters of space in the luggage compartment.

System output 218 hp

In terms of drive technology, it remains with hybrid technology: like the also thoroughly modified midsize SUV Lexus NX, the ES 300h uses a 131 kW / 178 hp 2.5-liter gasoline engine. In cooperation with an electric motor (88 kW / 120 PS) results in a system output of 160 kW / 218 PS. The Saugbenziner works in a cultivated manner, acoustically it only seems strained when it is challenged when accelerating strongly. Lexus has improved the continuously variable CVT transmission.

Regarding the performance of the front-wheel drive vehicle, it can be said that the sprint from 0 to 100 km / h takes 8.9 seconds and the top is limited to 180 km / h. Overall, the ES prefers to act as a relaxed cruiser. The low consumption speaks in favor of the hybrid drive, which also enables purely electric driving for a short time; According to the WLTP standard, it amounts to 5.2 liters / 100 km, corresponding to 119 g / km CO2 – a value that is in the range of diesel models, but is only valid if the ES is not used for long periods of time with the ES Motorway routes is on the way.

Lexus ES 300h

We already know that from Volvo: The top speed is limited to 180 km / h.

The price screw has been turned insignificantly: the well-equipped Lexus ES costs from 50,300 euros. However, the comparatively low price in the competitive environment and thus the potential for savings when buying have so far only marginally boosted sales: the competitor of the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class has only sold around 250 in Germany since its market launch , The balance sheet looks much more positive in other markets around the world. After the facelift, things can only get better for the ES.

Lexus ES 300h in brief:

When he comes: Market launch in November

Who he targets: Audi A6, 5th BMW, Mercedes E-Class, Volvo S90

What drives him: 2.5-liter petrol engine with 131 kW / 178 PS, electric motor with 88 kW / 120 PS, system output 160 kW / 218 PS

What it costs: From 50,300 euros

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