Some great bit of news from the UK market. Reported by Whatcar?, one of Britain’s biggest automotive buying guides, the Lexus IS300h finished in first place amongst a shootout of its fellow luxury fuel sippers. The other vehicles participating included:
- Mercdes C220 CDI – 57.5 mpg
- Audi A6 2.0 TDI – 56.1 mpg
- BMW 320d – 56.0 mpg
- Audi A4 2.0 TDIe – 55.5 mpg
The Lexus IS300h won the comparo with a notable 59.6 mpg in real world testing, and as the publication notes, being a hybrid petrol also guarantees a cheaper running cost than any of the other competing diesels on the list.
Initial impressions: I’d love to see an IS300h here in the states as well as a whole list of legitimate turbo-diesel engine options to choose from. I know, I know, a new hybrid is the last thing Lexus needs in its intentions to establish itself as a dominant player in the luxury-performance market. The CT200h is plucky and good looking, but not really as zippy and capable as its sporty marketing would indicate.
Ideally, what I’d love to see is the IS300h tech come into play in the newly unveiled RC coupe; perhaps as a solid competitor against Cadillac’s much touted ELR coupe (longshot, I know).