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 can be had with either, the F-Sport is rear-wheel-drive only and the Takumi is four-wheel-drive only. This choice has a bearing on the car's fuel economy and CO2 emissions ratings.
The rear-wheel-drive version is claimed to achieve 36mpg, with CO2 emissions of 176g/km. The heavier four-wheel-drive version emits 209g/km of CO2 and officially returns 31mpg, although real-world economy is quite likely to be in the 20s.
Lexus LS 500h MPG & CO2
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 is not 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 an interesting alternative to German luxury saloons, but falls short on fuel-efficiency and it 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 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 spaceOpulence 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