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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The Lexus IS safety credentials were given a boost when it scored a maximum five-star rating in official Euro NCAP crash tests and all cars come with eight airbags (including driver and passenger knee airbags), whiplash reducing seat design and headlamps that swivel with the steering to give better lighting on corners. The IS250 SE-L when fitted with automatic transmission is offered with a pre-crash safety system which uses the radar system from its adaptive cruise control to predict when an accident is unavoidable.

In certain cases it will tighten seatbelts to draw passengers into the safest position and trigger the brake assistance for maximum braking power

With 378 litres of boot space, the IS is poor compared to other saloons - the BMW 3-Series for example has 460 litres. The narrow opening means loading large objects is tricky plus there's considerable intrusion from the wheelarches. There's no estate version either but stowage up front is good with a large central cubby (under the armrest) and a decent glove box.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Lexus IS Saloon (05-12).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • 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
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • 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 driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator

Advance equipment

Advance standard equipment
  • Central locking
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
Advance optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof

F-Sport equipment

F-Sport standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
F-Sport optional equipment
  • Central locking
  • DVD
  • Heated seats
  • Sat Nav

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
SE optional equipment
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator

SE-I equipment

SE-I standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
SE-I optional equipment
  • Central locking
  • Electric sunroof
  • Sat Nav

SE-L equipment

SE-L standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
SE-L optional equipment
  • Central locking
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
  • Central locking
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator

SR equipment

SR standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
SR optional equipment
None available

SR Multimedia equipment

SR Multimedia standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
SR Multimedia optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating

The Lexus IS Saloon (05-12) 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.