There’s a dramatic difference in the on-paper running costs between the two powertrains available in the Lexus LC Coupe. The fact that the LC 500h gets a hybrid system means fuel economy is claimed to be 44.1mpg on the official combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 145g/km. That’s for cars on 20-inch alloy wheels – with 21s instead it’s 43.5mpg and 148g/km respectively.
Those figures are very low considering the sort of car we’re dealing with here, and will mean tax bills won’t be too painful.
However, the V8 LC 500 has claimed fuel economy of 24.6mpg (or 24.4 with the larger wheels) and CO2 output of 267g/km.
Insurance-wise, the LC sits in group 48E for lower-spec cars, jumping to 49E for fully kitted-out vehicles. It isn’t going to be cheap, but you can drop this by installing a tracking device or even a telematics black box.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Unleaded||116p||£2,197 - £2,197 *|
* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.
Ongoing running costs
|Servicing period||One year/10,000 miles|
|Warranty||Three years/60,000 miles|
|Road tax (12 months)||£440 - £450|
47 - 49
How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.
While you’d be forgiven for expecting a fast car like this will be bad for the environment, the LC 500h hybrid actually doesn’t fare too badly here. Its CO2 output can be as low as 145g/km on 20-inch alloys, which is impressive, but because it’s a petrol engine the NOx output will be equally as agreeable.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
|3.5 Hybrid||145 g/km (Min)||£440|
|5.0 Petrol||267 g/km (Max)||£450|
Lexus, and its parent company Toyota, have a very strong reputation for reliability. Admittedly there are several new systems and technologies on the LC Coupe, but we expect good things in this regard.
Car checklist problem points
|Body||No issues reported|
|Engine / gearbox||No issues reported|
|Other||No issues reported|