Lexus LC 500h running costs
The Lexus LC isn’t exactly affordable, with prices ranging from around £77,000 to £92,000. However, when you compare running costs, there’s no doubt the hybrid version is especially attractive to company-car taxpayers. After all, the performance of the 3.5-litre hybrid is virtually on a par with the grunty 5.0-litre V8, yet the much lower CO2 emissions of the hybrid mean drivers will pay 30% Benefit-in-Kind tax to HMRC, while 5.0-litre V8 drivers will pay 37%.
Lexus LC 500h insurance group
The Lexus LC 500h gets insurance group ratings from 47 to 49 depending on specifications, which means premiums will be similar to rivals like the Mercedes SL.
A standard three-year/60,000-mile warranty applies to all Lexus models, but the hybrids get an extra couple of years of cover for the battery and powertrain – although the 60,000-mile cap remains.
Lexus is transparent about service costs and publishes them all on its website. That’s why we can tell you intermediate services for the LC at 10,000, 30,000 and 50,000 miles will cost £375, while intermediate services at 20,000 and 40,000 miles will cost £595 and £625 respectively.
As all Lexus LC models are well over the £40,000 luxury-car threshold for road tax, owners of the hybrid will have to pay £440 the first five times they tax it – a modest £10-a-year saving compared to the V8.
The Lexus LC in all its forms has very strong predicted residual values, but the V8 model performs a couple of points better across all trim levels than the hybrid. Even so, hybrid owners should be relatively pleased with residuals of 53 to 55%.