Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Hybrid petrol engines 10.4 - 11.4 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Hybrid petrol engines 48.7 - 53.2 mpg
  • It's a hybrid, so expect decent economy
  • No plug-in versions for city dwellers
  • Servicing expensive, but will be reliable

The Lexus ES's fuel consumption looks pretty good. The official WLTP combined economy figure of 48.5-53.6mpg matched our experience in a long weekend's driving, where we managed to get 52.1mpg in a mixture of A-road and motorway running.

As there's only one drivetrain and three model variations, the emissions numbers won't vary much. The CO2 output is between 100 and 109g/km – impressive for a petrol powered car of this size. Also, expect the ES to have strong resale values, although, once out of the franchised dealer network, expect that to soften somewhat.

The Lexus ES emissions can be very low for such a large car powered by petrol. The front-wheel drive ES version has the smallest wheels, and thus is capable of emitting just 100g/km of CO2. Even the highest-specced Takumi version maxes out at 108g/km, which is a diesel-rivalling effort on the CO2 front.

  • Lexus reliability is legendary
  • The dealers are renowned for treating customers well
  • Hybrid system proving bulletproof in service

Lexus ES reliability shouldn’t cause you too many headaches, as the company is absolutely elegndary on this front. The company, being a subsidiary of Toyota, enjoys a reputation for building extremely long-lived cars. The good news is also that if you have interactions with the dealership, they are likely to be very positive.

Although the hybrid system is fairly cutting-edge, it’s not a new concept and Toyota/Lexus have been building cars with similar set-ups for more than 20 years now with few problems.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £140 - £465
Insurance group 33 - 38
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