fbpx
Newspress Awards 2024 wide

Automotive Website of the Year

Automotive Website of the Year

Newspress Awards 2024 wide

Automotive Website of the Year

Automotive Website of the Year

Find an Expert Rating: 
Expert Rating

Lexus LS

(2018 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

49
%
E

Used car score:

48
%
E

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

49
%
E

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

48
%
C

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

22
%
E

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

49
%
E

Used car score:

48
%
E

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

49
%
E

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

48
%
C

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

22
%
E

Summary


The Lexus LS is a large executive saloon of a similar size, luxury and price to the Mercedes-Benz S-ClassBMW 7 Series and Audi A8. The current model is the fith-generation LS, which arrived in the UK in early 2018.

Lexus only offers the LS with one powertrain option in the UK, the automatic petrol-hybrid LS 500h. Customers can however choose between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models.

The Lexus LS has received rather mixed reviews from the UK motoring media, with verdicts ranging from below average to good. Review scores have improved markedly since the model’s 2021 facelift, which brought a number of improvements to ride quality and interior refinement, but journalists still generally conclude that there are more capable luxury saloons available for such a high-end price tag.

What Car? concludes, “The Lexus LS is well equipped and distinctive, but too flawed in key areas to recommend.” Like many other outlets, What Car? points out that the 3.5-litre V6 engine fitted to all LS models can feel coarse, and is ill-suited to the saloon’s heavy frame.

The Telegraph found this powertrain issue to be the Lexus LS’s downfall. “The strained hybrid driveline adds so much weight that the air suspension struggles to maintain a decent ride quality and the vaunted economy isn’t desperately good.”

Putting aside its performance inconsistencies, it is inside the cabin where the LS excels. Auto Express affirms, “The Lexus LS is oozing with technology and driver assistance features, there are some stunning intricate design touches, and on the strength of this drive, the cabin feels even more beautifully screwed together than ever.”

Fleet World agrees, and add that the LS is “a desirable blend of reliability, safety and economy”, but concede that its European rivals still have an edge, particularly those with plug-in hybrid variants.

As of January 2024, the Lexus LS holds a pretty low New Car Expert Rating of E with a score of 49%.

Lexus LS highlights

  • Impressive interior quality
  • Plenty of on-board tech
  • Brand’s reputation for reliability
  • Spacious cabin

Lexus LS lowlights

  • Limited range of models
  • Rivals have more boot space
  • Ill-suited engine
  • Very expensive, base price and up

Key specifications


Body style: Large executive saloon
Engines: petrol-electric hybrid
Price: From £92,770 on-road

Launched: Spring 2018
Last updated: Summer 2020
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

Auto Express

+

Auto Trader

+

Autocar

+

Car

+

Carbuyer

+

Carwow

+

Driving Electric

+

Eurekar

+

Evo

+

Fleetworld

+

Honest John

+

Motoring Research

+

Parkers

+

The Telegraph

+

Top Gear

+

What Car?

+

Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

As of January 2024, the Lexus LS has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP. If and when it is put through its paces by Euro NCAP, we will publish the results here.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Lexus LS has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

MotorEasy logo 600x167

Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Lexus LS to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the LS, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

Clear Vehicle Data logo close crop

Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Hybrid models32 mpgE30 – 35 mpgD – E
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Hybrid models203 g/kmD182 – 216 g/kmC – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models49E49 – 50E – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£384C
Year 2£1,019D
Year 3£1,601D
Year 4£1,941D
Year 5£2,419D
Overall£7,364D

It’s probably not surprising that a £100K luxury saloon like the Lexus LS will also be expensive to own and run, which is shown above in whole-life costs provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Despite hybrid assistance, the fuel economy is very poor, while road tax and insurance are also at the expensive end of town. Servicing is average for the first year, but gets more expensive very quickly after that.

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Lexus LS, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Audi A8 | Bentley Flying Spur | BMW 7 Series | Maserati Quattroporte | Mercedes-Benz S-ClassRange Rover | Rolls-Royce Ghost | Rolls-Royce Wraith


More news, reviews and information about the Lexus LS at The Car Expert

Lexus updates flagship LS saloon

Lexus updates flagship LS saloon

New Lexus LS 500h debuts high-tech safety

New Lexus LS 500h debuts high-tech safety

Tokyo show debut for flagship Lexus LS+ concept

Tokyo show debut for flagship Lexus LS+ concept

Detroit show: Lexus LS range-topper debuts

Detroit show: Lexus LS range-topper debuts

Lexus LS flagship to debut in Detroit

Lexus LS flagship to debut in Detroit

Buy a Lexus LS


If you’re looking to buy a new or used Lexus LS, The Car Expert’s partners can help you find the right car.

Carwow logo 600x300

Discover great deals available on both new and used cars. Find out more

Auto Trader logo 600x300

Search for your next new or used car with Auto Trader. Find out more

Motors 600x300

Search less, live more. We make finding the right car simple. Find out more

The UK’s automotive search engine. All the cars in one place. Find out more

Lease a Lexus LS


If you’re looking to lease a new Lexus LS, The Car Expert’s partners can help you find a competitive deal.

Carparison 600x300

Personal contract hire deals from Carparison Leasing. Find out more

Ready2Lease logo

Personal contract hire deals from Ready2Lease. Find out more

Subscribe to a Lexus LS


If you’re interested in a car subscription, The Car Expert’s partners can help. (PS: What’s a car subscription?)

Mycardirect subscriptions – 600x300

Car subscriptions from Mycardirect.
Find out more

Wagonex logo 2023 600x300

Car subscriptions from Wagonex.
Find out more

Cocoon Vehicles logo 600x300

Car subscriptions from Cocoon.
Find out more

Drive Fuze logo 600x300

Car subscriptions from Drive Fuze.
Find out more

Used car finance

Looking for an alternative to dealer finance? The Car Expert's partners can help
We Finance Any Car 400x200

Used car finance from We Finance Any Car.
Find out more

Blue Motor Finance

Used car finance from Blue Motor Finance.
Find out more

Happy Motor Finance 600x300

Used car finance from Happy Motor Finance.
Find out more

Sell your car

Do you have a car to sell? The Car Expert's partners can offer you a great price
Motorway 600x300

Get a free valuation in seconds from Motorway.
Find out more

Auto Trader logo 600x300

Get a cash offer for your car in minutes from Auto Trader.
Find out more

Carwow logo 600x300

The free, easy way to get 3,000+ dealers all over the UK bidding on your car.
Find out more

Best car rankings

The top cars in every category

The Car Expert has the ultimate ranking of the best and worst new cars on sale, analysing scores from 35 of the top UK motoring websites to give you a definitive rating. We're adding more cars and more lists all the time, so keep checking back for the latest results.

This page last updated:

This page contains links to some of our commercial partners. If you click on any of those links, we may receive a commission.

The Lexus LS is a luxurious large saloon with some stunning interior touches, but it falls short of Mercedes S-Class standards overall.Lexus LS