Lexus ES 300h running costs
The 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
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With prices ranging from just under £39,000 to just under £54,000, the Lexus is reasonably good value compared to petrol and diesel rivals from European brands, especially when the standard equipment levels are factored in. Lexus isn’t renowned for its discounting, whereas you may be more likely to secure a deal from a manufacturer doing more extensive business with fleets.
Lexus ES insurance group
The ES falls into insurance groups 31 to 36, so it should be a little cheaper to insure than a BMW, Mercedes or Audi.
Lexus offers an industry-standard three-year/60,000-mile warranty, but while a few key rivals do a little better, none comes close to matching the Lexus brand’s formidable reliability reputation.
The Lexus ES 300h should cost a similar amount to service as the GS it replaced. Therefore, expect to pay around £265 for intermediate services at 10,000, 30,000 and 50,000 miles. Full services at 20,000 and 40,000 miles should be around £500.
The entry-level ES and the next-step-up Premium Edition model incur the standard £155 road tax (VED) rate for hybrids. But every other trim level exceeds the £40,000 threshold that attracts the £355 annual road-tax surcharge in years two to six, bringing the total in that period to £510 a year.
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 costs - currently readingThe 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