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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

Overall rating

3.0 out of 5

Running costs rating

4.0 out of 5

£34,954 - £48,504
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
Insurance groupWarrantyService intervalAnnual company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
31-363yrs/60,000 miles1yr/5,000 milesFrom £2,065/£4,131

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.

Road tax

The entry-level ES and the next-step-up Premium Pack incur the standard £145 road tax (VED) rate for hybrids. But all of the higher trim levels exceed the £40,000 threshold that attracts the £335 annual road-tax surcharge in years two to six, bringing the total in that period to £480 a year.

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