Lexus LS 500h practicality & boot space
Opulence is the name of the LC 500h's game, not day-to-day versatility
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With rather indifferent handling but a very opulent interior, the Lexus LS 500h shapes up as a car that puts passengers first. This proves to be the case when the car's spacious passenger compartment is taken into account.
There's no mistaking this for a compact car, though, and its considerable bulk might become a burden when threading this luxurious limo down narrow urban lanes. And, while cameras provide an all-round view when manoeuvring, it may be a while before you find a parking space that'll take this 5.2-metre saloon.
Lexus LS 500h interior space, storage & comfort
With at least 20 planes of front seat adjustment, you're unlikely to find difficulty in achieving a comfortable driving position in the LS 500h. This is a wide car, too, so driver and front seat passenger sit a comfortable distance from one another, while headroom should be adequate for most. An unusually curvaceous roof shape affords rear-seat passengers reasonable headroom, while the car's width means passengers are unlikely to clash shoulders. Rear-seat legroom matches that of the Mercedes S-Class, too.
If you're being chauffeured in the back of an LS 500h Premier, meanwhile, you can enjoy extra space to stretch out thanks to an 'ottoman' function for the left-hand seat. This introduces an electric footrest that folds after the front passenger seat has slid forwards – providing they're willing to give up the space or the seat is vacant.
As with many hybrid cars, the Lexus LS 500h uses a battery pack concealed beneath the boot floor. This has the effect of reducing the space that might otherwise be allocated for carrying luggage, and the Lexus manages 430 litres overall, with no facility to fold the rear seats to free up more space.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe LS 500h makes an interesting alternative to German luxury saloons, but falls short on fuel-efficiency and it can't match rivals for driver appeal
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsThe claimed fuel economy of the LS 500h beats that of non-hybrid rivals, but electric driving range is limited
- 3Running costsFuel consumption aside, the LS 500h's hybrid nature does little to rein in running costs
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Lexus LS 500h is fast, but can't match luxury saloon rivals for smoothness or comfort
- 5Interior & comfortThe Lexus LS 500h is unashamedly opulent and eye-catching inside, but rather fussily designed
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingOpulence is the name of the LC 500h's game, not day-to-day versatility
- 7Reliability & safetyLexus has become legendary for its owner satisfaction, and the LS 500h is packed with safety equipment