Lexus ES 300h practicality & boot space

The Lexus ES 300h’s ‘long coupe’ styling limits rear headroom, and the big boot is not as versatile as in popular SUVs

The Lexus ES enters a large executive saloon car market that’s under increasing pressure from luxurious SUV rivals, and it clearly can’t compete directly with them for practicality. However, there’s a decent size boot and a roomy cabin, both of which are competitive within the exec saloon class itself.

Lexus ES 300h interior space, storage & comfort

The front seats in the Lexus ES offer a wide range of adjustment, and we’d defy anyone to get comfortable. Legroom is excellent in the rear, but the roofline’s downward slope means headroom is under pressure. Lexus has lowered the seat cushion and optimised the backrest angle to maximise the available space, and it’s just about viable for six-footers in the back. The Takumi trim level offers passengers the most luxury with its reclining rear seats.

Boot space

The Lexus ES has a pretty generous boot, with a capacity of 454 litres. Unfortunately you can’t fold down the rear seats to load long items, and there’s also a pretty significant loading lip to lug suitcases over.