Lexus LS 500h MPG & CO2 emissions
The claimed fuel economy of the LS 500h beats that of non-hybrid rivals, but electric driving range is limited
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The Lexus LS 500h is available with rear or four-wheel-drive. The entry-level LS is rear-drive only, the Premium Pack can be had with either, the F-Sport is rear-drive only and the Takumi is four-wheel-drive only. This choice has a bearing on the car's fuel economy and CO2 emissions numbers.
Lexus LS 500h MPG & CO2
The rear-wheel-drive version of the LS is claimed to achieve 36-37mpg fuel economy, with CO2 emissions of 182g/km in entry-level form or 184g/k as a Premium Pack or F Sport. The heavier four-wheel-drive version emits 214g/km of CO2 in Premium Pack spec and 215g/km in Takumi guise, while official fuel economy here is just 31mpg, although real-world economy in mixed driving is quite likely to be in the 20s.
Those figures make the Lexus LS 500h one of the least fuel-efficient executive cars you can buy, but they are still better than petrol-powered rivals with similar performance. Even so, this isn't a car that you buy for its efficiency (despite the hybrid powertrain), so much as for its luxury, refinement and style.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe LS 500h makes for an interesting alternative to the big German luxury saloons, but falls short on fuel-efficiency and can't match rivals for driver appeal
- 2MPG & CO2 emissions - currently readingThe claimed fuel economy of the LS 500h beats that of non-hybrid rivals, but electric driving range is limited
- 3Running costs & insuranceFuel consumption aside, the Lexus LS 500h's hybrid nature does little to rein in its quite considerable running costs – especially when compared to a plug-in hybrid alternative
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe Lexus LS 500h is fast on paper, but it can't match its (mainly German) luxury-saloon rivals for smoothness or comfort
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortAs a high-end luxury saloon, the Lexus LS 500h is unashamedly opulent and eye-catching inside, but rather fussily designed
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityOpulence is the name of the Lexus LS 500h's game, rather than day-to-day versatility
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Lexus brand has become legendary for its owner satisfaction, and although it doesn't have an independent crash-test rating, the LS 500h is packed with the latest high-tech safety equipment