Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 5.1 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 24.1 mpg
  • Just one engine
  • … and it’s a thirsty one
  • You’ll need deep pockets to run an LC Convertible

Selecting your LC Convertible based on running costs is easy. Unlike the Coupe, which has a hybrid available, the Convertible comes with just a single engine – a 5.0-litre V8 petrol.

With such a large, powerful engine, it’s no surprise that fuel economy and CO2 numbers elicit a sharp intake of breath. The LC Convertible will return 24.1mpg on the WLTP combined cycle, while emitting 275g/km of CO2.

Combined with its 82-litre fuel tank, that means a cruising range of around 435 miles – if you take it gently. It also means a very hefty tax bill.

Those numbers – as difficult to swallow as they are – are actually well in line with the competition. In fact, they split the difference neatly, between the Audi R8 Spyder’s 21.1mpg and 302g/km and the Porsche 911 Cabriolet’s 28mpg and 208g/km.

Other costs to consider? Well, tyres for those huge 21-inch wheels won’t be cheap, and nor will other consumables such as brakes. The LC Convertible is in the highest insurance group, too. There’s no denying it, you pay a premium when you take on a V8 sports car from a high-end brand.

Reliability

  • Reliability should be peerless – this is a Lexus
  • No recalls to date
  • Lexus customer service is excellent

At least one aspect of running the LC Convertible shouldn’t be expensive – if any luxury sports car is going to be reliable, it’ll be a Lexus. After two years on sale the LC Coupe hasn’t thrown up any major problems or been recalled, and there’s no reason to suspect the Convertible will perform any differently.

Lexus – and its parent brand, Toyota – frequently top the charts in reliability surveys, and even if there is a problem, Lexus dealers are known for putting customer service as their number one priority. Should anything need a repair, you’ll be treated exceptionally well.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £475
Insurance group 50
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