3 out of 5 3.0
Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
Lexus IS C (09-12) - rated 3 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £36,236 - £45,386
Used price £5,125 - £13,220
Used monthly cost From £128 per month
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £340
Insurance group 29 - 32 How much is it to insure?


Very well equipped as standard, smooth and refined on the move, quick-action metal folding roof


Poor in corners, sluggish automatic gearbox, no diesel engine, lacks the feelgood factor

Lexus IS C rivals

Written by David Ross on

With the popularity of upmarket four-seat convertibles like the Audi A5 and BMW 3-Series Convertible, it's no surprise that Lexus has its own version - the IS 250C. It's based on the standard IS saloon but the majority of the exterior is unique to the convertible - including the excellent aluminium folding roof. The smooth system retracts in just 21 seconds, making it one of the fastest metal roofs on any car.

Like all Lexus cars, the IS 250C is superbly built and refined, but it seems this has come at the expense of driving enjoyment and it lacks that 'fun' factor you'd expect to find in any convertible. On the plus side, all versions come incredibly generously equipped and the metal roof means it can be as secure and as comfortable as a coupe.

Lexus IS C rivals

Other Lexus IS (2005 - 2012) models: