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Lexus LC review

2017 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 54.1
” High-tech four-seat GT looks like the future “

At a glance

Price new £98,960 - £116,000
Used prices £30,081 - £92,025
Road tax cost £560 - £570
Insurance group 47 - 50
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Fuel economy 24.3 - 34.8 mpg
Range 397 - 776 miles
Miles per pound 3.6 - 5.1
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Available fuel types



Pros & cons

  • Striking looks inside and out
  • Lots of technology on board
  • Very comfortable over distance
  • Both engines have high performance
  • Hybrid not as fun as V8
  • Not much room in back
  • Tiny luggage space
  • Styling may not appeal to all

Written by Gareth Evans Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 3 May 2023


The Lexus LC Coupe is a two-door, four-seat GT car with its engine in the front sending power to the rear wheels. So it’s a sports car, long-distance cruiser, and overall, one of the best luxury hybrids you can buy.

With that in mind in theory it’s a rival to the Bentley Continental GT, BMW 6 Series Coupe and Maserati Granturismo – but it’s nothing like any of those to look at, to drive or to sit in.

It’s built to be powerful yet comfortable enough to cover long distances, and from our initial evaluation we’d have to say the Japanese carmaker has succeeded.

What’s it like to drive?

You’ve got a choice of two engines – powering the LC 500 is a 5.0-litre V8 petrol that we’ve met before in the GS F and RC F performance cars, albeit coupled to a new 10-speed automatic gearbox – or a petrol-hybrid badged LC 500h.

The latter is a technically advanced drivetrain that unlike most hybrids isn’t meant to offer the lowest-possible running costs. Instead it’s built using a 3.5-litre V6 engine boosted further still be an electric motor for a total power output of 354hp.

Lexus LC 500 cabin 2020
Lexus LC 500 cabin 2020

You can read in more detail about these two powerplants if you scroll down to the Performance section of this review, but 0-62mph takes no more than 5.0 seconds regardless. This is a fast car.

Lexus has made the decision to price both 500 and 500h versions exactly the same, which means it’s up to you to choose your driveline with your own priorities in mind.

What trim levels are there?

There’s the option to add the Sport and Sport + packages for extra cost – covered in the Equipment section of this review – with the latter having a dramatic effect on the way the LC handles.

Lexus LC 500 rear 2020
Lexus LC 500 rear 2020

Alongside its capacity for serious speed, the LC is also an extremely comfortable and well-equipped car. The front seats in particular are excellent, and the cabin’s design is impressive too.

As a Lexus customer you can also expect a great experience from the dealership, which is good because you’ll build up a close relationship with them as you vie for one of the 250 models that are heading to the UK each year.