Lexus ES 300h practicality & boot space
The ES 300h's ‘long coupe’ styling limits rear headroom, and while the boot is big, it's not as versatile as an SUV's
The ES is part of a large executive saloon-car class 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-sized boot and a roomy cabin, both of which are competitive within the executive-saloon class itself. The lack of folding rear seats could frustrate some, though.
Lexus ES 300h interior space, storage & comfort
The front seats offer a wide range of adjustment, and we’d defy anyone to be uncomfortable in them. Legroom is excellent in the rear, but the roofline’s 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 offers passengers the most luxury with its reclining rear seats.
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.
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 emissionsThe 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 space - currently readingThe 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