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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

There's no Euro NCAP crash test rating, but IS a solid and fairly modern design. All models have driver, passenger and side airbags plus ABS. It's a very secure car – consistently topping break-in tests – with strong locks and a standard alarm. Some owners may also have fitted a tracking system.

Storage inside is fine, boot is a rather awkward shape and has a relatively small opening affecting ultimate practicality - better to get the Sport Cross estate if that’s what you need.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Lexus IS Saloon (99-05).

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

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav

Limited Edition equipment

Limited Edition standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
Limited Edition optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Cloth seat trim
S optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • CD Multichanger
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
SE optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav

SE Limited Edition equipment

SE Limited Edition standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
SE Limited Edition optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • CD Multichanger
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
Sport optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav

Styling equipment

Styling standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
Styling optional equipment
  • Folding rear seats
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Sat Nav