Lexus ES 300h MPG & CO2 emissions
The ES 300h is targeted primarily at business users, and there are tax benefits over diesel rivals – but a plug-in hybrid will be better still
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With its attractive MPG and CO2 figures, the Lexus promises to deliver competitive economy and emissions figures when compared to traditional diesel rivals, although increasingly common plug-in hybrid alternatives promise to do much better still.
Lexus ES 300h MPG
The combination of petrol power and electric motor assistance work to good effect in the Lexus, with the promise of more than 50 miles from every gallon of unleaded. Toyota and Lexus long ago decided to rid their line-ups of diesel engines, and have developed more efficient combustion technology for petrol engines. In fact, the company claims its 2.5-litre engine is one of the most thermally efficient engines in a production car.
The Lexus ES has official CO2 emissions of between 119 and 128g/km, depending on the exact spec you go for, which is better than many diesel-powered rivals. For instance, an Audi A6 diesel saloon has emissions of over 140g/km. However, the Japanese car is put in the shade in this respect by petrol-electric plug-in hybrid rivals, whose larger batteries and resulting pure-electric driving ranges allow them to record much more impressive CO2 numbers in testing. In the real world, that translates to much more favourable Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) company-car tax rates.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Lexus ES 300h is luxurious and well built, but it's neither as good to drive nor as efficient as its mainly plug-in hybrid competition
- 2MPG & CO2 emissions - currently readingThe ES 300h is targeted primarily at business users, and there are tax benefits over diesel rivals – but a plug-in hybrid will be better still
- 3Running costsThe ES 300h should be cheaper to run than a purely petrol or diesel-engined equivalent, but it's left behind in this respect by plug-in hybrids and pure-electric cars
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe ES 300h is superbly cosseting when driven in a relaxed fashion, but if you're looking for something livelier, a BMW 5 Series is a better bet
- 5Interior & comfortThe ES 300h's interior is beautifully made and nicely styled; the fiddly infotainment has been improved somewhat by the addition of a touchscreen
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe ES 300h's ‘long coupe’ styling limits rear headroom, and while the boot is big, it's not as versatile as an SUV's
- 7Reliability & safetyWith plenty of safety kit and a rock-solid reliability record, the Lexus ES 300h has your peace of mind covered