2020 Lexus ES300h Review: Forget The Diesel, This is Better
Here is The brand new 2020 Lexus ES300h. The successor to the GS, who is taking a well-deserved retirement, promises to do better in all areas than her eldest, does she succeed?
On the aesthetic side, at Lexus, we have experienced several waves: first extremely bland from the 90s until the late 2000s, then dramatic turnaround after 2010 with extremely busy physics with the highlight of the NX. But it seems that the premium division of Toyota has now set the cursor in the right place: after the sumptuous LC, now here is the ES. We find some typical visual details of the brand as the light signature of its front optics or the hourglass-shaped grille but their integration is done here in a very fluid and subtle way, making this ES an elegant sedan with a strong style, but without excess.
2020 Lexus ES300h Interior
And it’s the same thing on the inside: the dashboard is original with diagonal lines and combinations of textures but also futuristic with its fully digital instrumentation and huge central screen of 12.3 inches. As for the finish, it has nothing to envy the standards of the German premium. The rear space is particularly welcoming but it is optimized for only two people, as often. We have room to spare at the knees but also to the head despite the dipping roofline and the backrest angle can be adjusted electrically on some finishes. At 454 liters, however, the trunk volume is less generous for a sedan carving the 5 meters, a BMW 5 Series offering 530, and the trunk lid does not leave a large opening to reach the bottom.
Question equipment, the Lexus ES is full of a security system including the detection of pedestrians at night and cyclists during the day, the active maintenance in the queue and two-level adaptive high beam. What a shame that this beautiful central screen is not tactile despite the fact that it is at hand: we must navigate the interface via the pad between the seats, which is more convenient than the wheel that he There was in the GS but which is not yet what is more ergonomic.
2020 Lexus ES300h Engine Specs
Contrary to what one might think by hovering over the datasheet, the mechanics of the 2020 Lexus ES300h are totally revised. Internally dubbed A25A-FXS, the Atkinson 4-cylinder 2.5 from the ES is in fact entirely new. Its exact displacement is 2,487 cc compared to 2,494 cc for the 2AR-FXE that it replaces, with a longer stroke. With a compression ratio increased by one point to 14.0: 1, high-speed combustion, new multi-jet injectors, and a variable capacity oil pump, it achieves an exceptional thermal efficiency of 41% against 38.5%. % previously. It develops 178 hp at 5,700 rpm and 221 Nm from 3,600 to 5,200 rpm.
It is supported by a permanent magnet motor delivering 88 hp and 202 Nm, powered either by the heat engine in the regeneration phase or by a Ni-MH battery of 1.6 kWh. The set develops a total of 218 hp transmitted to the ground via a continuously variable transmission, cuts the 0 to 100 km / h in 8.9 s, to reach 180 km / h, all with official consumption 4.7 l / 100 km and an emission of 100 g / km, compared to 4.9 l / 100 km and 116 g for the GS300h.
2020 Lexus ES300h Price
The prices for the Lexus ES300h ranged from € 47,490 to € 62,990 when GS300h prices ranged from € 51,600 to € 68,500. In detail, the finish Business, which should represent 45% of sales, appears at € 47 990 against € 54 300 for the GS, a decrease of 12%. What is the price for the German competition? A BMW 518D and a Mercedes E200D, both 150 hp, start at € 50,700 and € 49,550, which gives the Japanese an excellent price/performance ratio.
2020 Lexus ES300h Performance
This Lexus ES scores points from the moment we settle on board: the specific upholstery inspired by that of the LC of F-Sport version is not only beautiful but also offers excellent support and the wheel to the rim thick wife perfectly the palm of the hand.
Lexus has done a lot of work on soundproofing, and that is perfectly reflected in the traffic: we are in a cocoon completely sealed to traffic noise, which allows us to take full advantage of the remarkable Mark Levinson PurePlay audio system with 17 speakers.
We then take the highway and the access road allows to test the first time the raises of which this ES is capable. With between 1 680 and 1 740 kg on the scale and 218 hp, it is obviously not to be expected to accelerate dragster, even in its mode Sport +, otherwise, it will be extremely disappointing since the 8.9 s announced the place on this exercise a tenth above the BMW 518d of 150 hp. In addition, the continuously variable transmission tends to smooth out the few sensations that remain.
We do not buy a 2020 Lexus ES300h to race, which will surprise no one, but rather for the comfort and the appetite of a bird. For the first, the adaptive variable suspension adds to the sound insulation pushed to give a flying carpet effect by smoothing all the imperfections of the road and, for the second, we will raise at the end of our test an average consumption of 6,9 l / 100 km, on a mixed road profile and despite the particular requirements of the filming of the video, which suggests that we can easily scratch a few deciliters in normal driving.
Equipment – All Almost Standard
The 2020 Lexus ES300h base finish starts at € 47,490 and includes standard and includes rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, 8-inch center screen, 7-inch digital instrumentation, 17-inch alloy wheels inches, Bi-LED front projectors, electrically folding mirrors, leather upholstery, heated and electrically adjustable front seats, Pioneer 10-speaker audio system, sunroof and Lexus Safety System + 2 (pre-collision safety system with pedestrians at night and cyclists during the day, dynamic cruise control, maintenance system in the advanced traffic lane and automatic reading of the traffic signs).
Against 500 € more, to 47 990 € therefore, the finishing Business adds navigation invoiced otherwise 1000 € in option.
As is often the case with Lexus, the finishes are divided into two themes, one focused on sports and the other more refined. The first starts with F Sport at €53,990 which adds, in addition to a specific honeycomb grille, LED sequential front turn signals, 8-inch digital instrumentation, rain-sensing front windscreen wipers, 19-inch alloy wheels, de-icing windshield, LED triple lens projectors, specific synthetic leather upholstery, and adaptive variable suspension. 2020 Lexus ES300h F-Sport Executive completes then, against 58 990€, with a wireless charger for a smartphone, head-up display (HUD), Mark Levinson PurePlay audio system with 17 speakers, the opening of the boot and electric closure, metallic paint, heated steering wheel, and manual rear window blinds.
At the same time, the Luxury finish, starting at € 52,990, adds to the rain-sensing front wiper series, wooden inserts, 18-inch alloy wheels, blind spot monitor and intelligent rear-view alarm. , de-icing windshields, automatically folding exterior mirrors, leather upholstery, driver’s seat, steering wheel and exterior mirrors, driver’s lumbar support, ventilated front seats, manual rear window blinds, navigation, and leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel and wood.
And the high-end finish is embodied by Executive at € 62,990, complete with display, electric and heated reclining rear seats, front and rear parking sensors with pedestrian detection, wireless charger for a smartphone, 3-zone air conditioning, central screen. 12.3-inch, 18-inch 15-spoke alloy wheels, trunk release, and electric closure, metallic paint, LED triple lens projectors, semi-aniline leather upholstery, memory passenger seat, passenger lumbar support Electric rear window shade, Mark Levinson PurePlay audio system with 17 speakers, 360 ° panoramic vision and heated steering wheel.