Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8
  • High-quality trim and materials
  • Great driving position and seat comfort
  • Infotainment system takes some getting used to

The cabin of the new ES is a restful and satisfying place to spend time. The build quality and trim materials are peerless, which is what you would expect. In terms of design, it's a mix of modern and curiously dated – but step-up compared with the outgoing GS, featuring a curvacious dash layout that is smarter than something like a Jaguar XE, but less visually appealing than the minimalist Audi A4. There are some neat metallic details throughout, which Lexus says are inspired by traditional Japanese sword-making.

Be that as it may, the cabin’s centre is dominated by a generously-sized 12.3-inch multimedia display (on higher-spec models) and it's controlled by its second-generation remote touchpad system. It’s still a fiddly set-up compared with rival infotainment systems, but the screen is brighter and crisper than in the GS, and it doesn’t take quite as much faffing around to get everything working. The system also offers connected services and voice recognition, as well as a fantastic Mark Levinson sound system.

  • Ride quality is acceptable on all but the most challenging roads
  • supremely comfortable front seats
  • Great legroom in the rear

Everything inside the ES is covered in plush materials, whether it’s Lexus’s fake leather, which is soft to touch and squishy to lean on, while the dashboard materials and buttons all feel expensive, well made and like they’ll outlive the owner. There are no complaints when it comes to the quality of the inside of the ES.

The front seats are big and supportive, and have an unusually generous amount of rearward travel. It doesn’t feel as big as its size-rivals such as the A6 and 5 Series, but compared with the A4 and 3 Series it's priced against, there's little to complain about.

But credit to Lexus for one thing – there’s a vast amount of legroom available in the rear of the ES, with controls for the infotainment system and the ability to move the passenger seat out of the way. The ES could make an excellent chauffeur's car.