Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
  • Plenty of space for four adults
  • A fifth passenger will struggle for space
  • Boot is more compact than many rivals’

Those over six foot will have more than enough head- and legroom whether they are sat in the rear or up front, as long as it isn’t the middle seat of the second row. The driver and front seat passenger have a generous amount of headroom, too, so there will be few complaints.

The rear of the cabin boasts an extra 20mm of kneeroom compared with the previous generation GS while there is an increase of 25mm in headroom. Only really tall passengers will feel the pinch, while some models with darker headlining and darker leather trim may feel a little more claustrophobic than others.

There’s not a huge amount of extra storage in the GS, other than a large central cubby hole to throw in odds and ends. The GS is rougly the same size as its large saloon rivals, meaning it’s quite a long car, but doesn’t feel too bulky on the road.

Where you’ll notice its size is around town and parking in tight spaces, but aids such as all-round parking sensors and a reversing camera do make this a little easier. Pick a GS in F Sport trim (or the GS F) and you’ll find 482 litres of boot space, while every other version offers 451 litres.

You can’t fold the rear seats down of the GS, so you’ll have to make do with what’s on offer with them in place, but the GS brochure does specify that three sets of golf clubs fit into the boot. 

Lexus GS (2018) luggage compartment

Lexus GS safety

  • Strong safety rating for the Lexus GS
  • Lexus Safety System comes as standard
  • Plenty of driver assistance tech, too 

The Lexus GS hasn’t been tested by Euro NCAP, although it’s fitted with ten airbags, ABS, traction and stability control and seatbelt pre-tensioners as standard. Range-topping models also get a crash-sensing system that incorporates a driver monitor camera that tightens the seatbelts and prepares the brakes ready for an emergency stop if it thinks an accident is imminent.

There are lots of active safety options available, incorporated into the Lexus Safety System+ package, which is standard on all GS models. This includes adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist, automatic high-beam, traffic sign recognition and a pre-crash safety system with autonomous emergency braking. Standard on some (but not all) GS models is blindspot monitoring, as well as a rear cross-traffic alert system.

The Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) fitted to F Sport and Premier derivatives swivels the headlamp beam into a bend as the driver turns the wheel. A low speeds it swivels one headlamp only at lower speeds aid visibility at junctions. An automatic high beam dipping function is also included.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Lexus GS Saloon (12-18).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Central locking
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

Executive equipment

Executive standard equipment
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
Executive optional equipment
None available

F-Sport equipment

F-Sport standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
F-Sport optional equipment
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Height adjustable drivers seat

Luxury equipment

Luxury standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
Luxury optional equipment
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights

Premier equipment

Premier standard equipment
  • CD
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
Premier optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
SE optional equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav