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

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

CONS

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

PROS

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

CONS

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

Other Lexus IS (2005 - 2012) models:

Verdict

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.

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