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Lexus IS C review

2009 - 2012 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 53.0

At a glance

Price new £36,236 - £45,386
Used prices £3,890 - £11,175
Road tax cost £395
Insurance group 29 - 32
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 429 miles
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Pros & cons


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

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


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.