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Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

Which Lexus ES Saloon is best for me?

  • There's one engine, like-it or lump it
  • Three models, with sporting and luxury options
  • Fuel consumption is excellent, performance less so

Given there's a single drivetrain option, choosing the best Lexus ES comes down literally to what equipment you value, and whether you want it to look sporty or understated. It's a handsome car, and will stand out from the crowd, but plump for an F Sport on big wheels, and you're making the most of your ES – and getting a car with decent running costs and mpg.

The F Sport specification is probably going to be the most popular trim level overall thanks to its combination of equipment and sharp looks, although we’d suspect private buyers are more likely to favour the desirable Takumi version that offers more equipment, and an impressively luxurious interior.

Lexus ES Saloon model history

March 2019 – Lexus ES goes on sale in the UK. It's a model line that's been on sale overseas since the 1990s, but the first time it's been officially imported here. Model range is simplicity itself – standard ES, sporting F Sport and luxury Takumi.

Buying and selling the Lexus ES Saloon

Buying a new Lexus ES saloon

  • Lexus ES should appeal to traditional buyers
  • This model replaces the old rear-wheel drive GS
  • F Sport is probably the one to go for 

The best overall combination of equipment and price is the sharp-looking F Sport, and as there's only one drivetrain option, the choice really just comes down to what – if any – options you choose for it. It comes with plenty of kit including driver aids and safety systems as standard, delivers low running costs and looks the part. It is the version that will attract a lot of company car drivers looking for a model that delivers badge prestige and affordable ownership costs.

The entry level ES is far from short of kit, though, while the top end Takumi has more equipment, and will most likely appeal to those who want a luxury car with agreeably low running costs. Getting a discount on an ES won't be the work of a moment, but leasing costs are competitive thanks to decent residuals.

Buying a used Lexus ES

  • Consider F Sport for best value
  • All models scarce on used market
  • Carry out a Car History Check

Currently, the Lexus ES will be available as used cars at the franchised dealers. It will take time for them to filter into the wider used-car dealer network, and as such, the resale values will be controlled by Lexus. If you’re looking for a comparative bargain, tough, then consider an unoptioned entry-level model, although we’d still advise to spend a little extra on an F Sport.

Don’t be put off by high mileage examples, particularly if they’re ex-company cars, as servicing and maintenance will have been carried out to high standards, and Lexus build quality and reliability are brilliant. For peace of mind, get a Parkers Car History Check to discover any secrets such as outstanding finance.

Selling your Lexus ES

The ES isn't going to sell in big numbers, so finding a buyer should be relatively straightforward, as you won't be selling with many other sellers. As ever, a full service history with a stamped service book and a good clean honest car will quickly find buyers.

Valet the car thoroughly before you advertise the car and sort out any bodywork or wheel damage to prevent those factors becoming a source of bargaining for potential buyers. This will clearly maximise what you're going to get for your car – and if you're not trading it in at a Lexus dealer, spend time and effort to write a well-crafted advertisement and compliment it with an appealing folio of images.

That really will make a difference.

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