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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The Gs was awarded a five-star Euro NCAP rating for crash protection and a four-star rating for child protection. It features a high level of safety kit including ten airbags, ABS, traction and stability control and seatbelt pre-tensioners. Range topping models also get a crash-sensing system (it's optional on lesser models) that uses the radar from the adaptive cruise control system.

If it detects that a crash is likely, it tightens the seatbelts and gets the brakes ready for emergency braking. All models have keyless entry and start, so the car senses the key in your bag or pocket as you approach, unlocks itself and you start it with a button on the dash.

Although reasonably large, the boot on the 300 and 430 can be difficult to access, because of the shape of the bootlid. It's rather narrow and can be difficult to load. However, the boot does have a self-closing function, eliminating the need to slam it shut. The 450h has less luggage room as it's eaten up by the rechargeable batteries - these take up 150-litres and as a result space is reduced to just 280-litres.

However a special set of luggage, designed to make the most of the available space, is offered and the four-piece range will hold plenty.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Lexus GS (05-11).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • 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
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Manual sunroof
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Manual sunroof
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav

Limited Edition equipment

Limited Edition standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
Limited Edition optional equipment
  • Central locking
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Manual sunroof

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE optional equipment
  • Central locking
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Manual sunroof

SE-L equipment

SE-L standard equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE-L optional equipment
  • Central locking
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Central locking
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Sport optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating

The Lexus GS (05-11) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 5 stars
  • Child Occupant - 4 stars
  • Vulnerable road users - 2 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.