Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

The Parkers VerdictShould you buy a Lexus ES?

Given the strength of the opposition, it’s a difficult car to recommend on fully rational grounds. The Lexus ES may well be a new name to UK buyers, but it’s an established model elsewhere and, in its seventh generation, offers a huge dose of style, a luxurious, well-appointed interior and very pleasant, laid-back driving experience. It’s accomplished at cruising, and an effortless distance coverer – but without even a hint of driver involvement.

What the Lexus ES also can’t offer is the far-reaching selection of engines found under the bonnets of its rivals. There are no diesels, no petrol-only saloons – and right now, no plug-in hybrid versions, either. But if you want a cheap-to-run hybrid saloon that offers 5 Series space and size for the cost of a 3 Series, and one that’s a little different, more interesting than some of its mainstream rivals, the Lexus ES well worth a look.