Review of Lexus GS 2018
Ah, yes, the Lexus GS. The luxury photo shoot of Toyota had much hope for the new big man when I first saw it a few years ago. Not high hopes for thousands of sales, but the company thinks a rear-wheel drive luxury car is stacked with equipment you didn’t even know you wanted to be a winner.
And to be fair, they were right. I have run a GS as a long-term activist and it’s perfect. In hybrid form. It’s not sparkling, but my kindness, it hardly uses any fuel; Particularly impressed with its size.
Since the sun is definitely setting on the GS, it’s time to see and see if it’s a match for the BMW 5 Series or Mercedes E. Does it represent good value? What features does it come with? 8/10
We had the pleasure of the GS 350 F Sport for the week, $ 10,000 cheaper than the Luxury and therefore ‘default. If you’re not sure what the F Sport means, then that’s Lexus’s answer to the M Sport or AMG package, without all the high-power motor shenanigans accompanying it. If that’s what you’re after, the V8-powered Lexus GS F is definitely for you.
Starting at $ 95,300, the F Sport has a spectacular list of standard features – 17-speaker stereo, 19-inch alloys, variable four-wheel steering (!), Adaptive suspension, air control two-zone rear (with moisturizing function), leather trim, head display, heated and ventilated front seats, rear sunshades, F Sport instrument display, automatic LED headlights, Keyless start and start, front and rear parking sensors with surround view camera and a spare space saver.
The media system is powered by Lexus’s 12.3-inch screen embedded in the dashboard and controlled from a discomforting mouse button mounted on the console with a few off buttons. It’s actually spectacularly annoying and made worse by the dial dial next to it acting as the drive mode selector. Why not use instead?
As always, the system is a little hard to use and hard to see, but the sound is lovely from the Mark Levinson branded speakers. Lexus still exists with DVD player but it also has DAB +.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 7/10
The GS is getting old well, but it’s still a bit heavy around the headlights and a bit on the side along the flank. It doesn’t seem to be ready for action, even with the F Sport additions, but it doesn’t seem too uncomfortable either, mainly due to the blacked-out spindle grille, a signature from Lexus.
The back is handsome but a little bluff, again not surprising or interesting.
Few changes inside, but it is still a very nice cabin and will always be separate from a few cries (the gear drive looks super cheap).
Moreover, it welcomes, lots of very nice, comfortable materials, seats – that’s exactly what it should have. Anything you can think about looks, one thing is absolutely certain – if anyone makes a better car than Lexus, it’s a very, very short list.
How realistic is the inner space? 7/10
As a big car, there is plenty of room inside. The four passengers will be very comfortable although the rear leg room is a bit toward the skinny on the size of the car.
The cabin holds a good-sized control box, four cups and every door pocket you can imagine a bottle of.
The 520-liter boot is a useful shape, with a reasonable load height and space-saving spare parts on the floor. Both the 5 Series and E Class are best for the 10-liter Lexus, so the GS doesn’t exceed standards.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 8/10
Lexus matches the 3.5-liter naturally aspirated engine (2GR-FKS), offering 232kW / 380Nm to help convert the GS 1745kg. The power goes to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic. Lexus claims a sprint from 0-100km / h is completed in just six seconds.
How much fuel does it consume? 6/10
A real world of 13.7L / 100km is a solid omission of the claimed 9.3L / 100km, which itself is virtually unbroken. It was a big heavy car and that was the punishment. It drinks fuel quickly, so a 66 liter fuel tank will drain quickly and it’s worth knowing that you have to fill it with 95 RON or better.
What safety devices are equipped? What is a safety assessment? 7/10
GS reaches 10 airbags, ABS, stability and traction control, blind spot monitoring, rear traffic warning, forward AEB, active cruise, automatic climb and lane departure warning with support Lane keep assist.
GS does not have ANCAP or Euro NCAP ratings while the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) of the United States is appropriate for each measure worthy of an incident. The IIHS test suite is quite stringent but differs from our ANCAP / Euro NCAP standards.
What is the cost to own? What warranty is provided? 8/10
There’s one area where Lexus smashes Germans and that’s after sales. Although the warranty is virtually unrivaled at four years / 100,000km and the service period is reasonable at 12 months / 15,000km, that’s how it all comes together.
During the warranty period, when the car needs a service, Lexus will come and take it then return it to you, or lend you a car. Anecdotal evidence shows that this continues long after the warranty is over. Like, 10 years after the warranty expires.
This is a small thing, but if there’s one thing I hate about car ownership, it’s service experience. If I’m a bookmaker, I want you to find someone who really has a problem with Lexus after-sales service.
Best of all, you get a generous four-year roadside assistance package.
What does it like to drive? 7/10
There are things you would expect in a Lexus. Silent. Calm. Smoothly. GS provides all three of these with ease. But it has a few more things in my pocket that I can’t say I’m expecting.
For starters, the 3.5-liter V6 moves the car without carrying it and in doing so, I was constantly surprised when the speed in the head display reached the posted limit. It just doesn’t feel or sound like a six-second car, but there you are. The transmission is virtually error-free, the engine sounds far and refined, impressive power.
It’s a heavy car, no questions asked, but two things work to make it feel much lighter. First – and it doesn’t matter which mode you choose – the adaptive suspension somehow loses about 200kg from the car’s weight. Brakes, while a bit soft on the pedal feel when you first step on them, are very efficient and once again help make the car feel lighter than it.
The four driving modes are quite different. As usual, Eco makes things soft and dough or as I want to say, it’s annoying. Normal is great for every day, only with proper throttle response and steering weight.
Switching to aggro slightly increased sportiness while Sport +, while never harsh, the company until it started to feel like another car. Sport + makes the car feel like a race car, the body-holding suspension and power seem to be available without a jerk progression.
All-wheel steering is a big part of the change in feel. It is especially sharp in Sport + mode. The steering wheel changes a lot, meaning less steering is needed to bend your favorite hairpin. Of course, at real speed, it all calms down because both you and Lexus don’t like changing sneezing lanes or switching Armco. At first I thought it only made the big car feel a bit nervous but when I got used to it (and could dial again by switching back to a lesser mode), I found it fun. but a little different from the car itself.
And just because it’s F Sport, that doesn’t mean it can’t do all of what you expect from a Lexus. You can still walk, you can still climb and it’s really comfortable when you’re on the road or in a traffic jam.