Long term report: Farewell Lexus IS300h

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Thanks for everything – we're going to miss you.

And so it's time to bid farewell to the faithful old IS300h, which has been one of the most popular motors in the CD fleet for the past six months. It's nice and nimble around town; it's in its element cruising up and down the motorway, and as I found on a couple of occasions, you can pack a lot of your daughter's gear into the back when she's moving house...

A couple of colleagues think it's a bit slow off the mark from a standing start, but it's more than powerful enough for me. And no-one can deny the hybrid technology works well, with mpg in the mid-50s, even when there's a lot of around-town driving. It's so efficient that I thought it had to be diesel, and not petrol – and thankfully came to my senses just before I pulled on the nozzle at the gas station...

Niggles? Getting any DAB station apart from the BBC is a bit of a challenge, and the sliding heating control is fiddly – looks over substance there, I fear. But overall, it drives really well and we're going to miss it. It's a hybrid that works as a hybrid, and has the kind of looks executive cars should have.

The knowledge

Model: Lexus IS300h
Price: £38,495 (as tested)
Engine: 2.5-litre 4cyl, 178bhp, plus electric motor
Power: 178hp, 300Nm
Max speed: 125mph
0-60mph: 8.4s
Emissions: 109g/km
Mileage this month: 862
This month's highlight: Using it for a golf trip – there's room galore for the bags and trolleys.
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