Long term report: Lexus IS300h

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Lexus IS300h
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I'd delayed long enough. It was moving time. And while most of the big stuff was sorted with AOL Cars' new long-term VW Transporter (more on that soon), kids being kids, I got a phone call from my daughter when I was on a golf course in Surrey asking if I could pop to Egham (like you do) to pick up some furniture she'd been offered.

Well, I was in the Lexus, and I was told I needed to get a coffee table, and TV unit and a thing with drawers. Don't worry, I was told, it'll all be dismantled and flat packed. Err, wrong. Some was. Some wasn't. And I was in a saloon car, not an estate.

Getting to Egham through the rush-hour was no problem. The Lexus really is a comfortable drive, and it switches effortlessly between electric mode and the 2.5-litre petrol engine, so crawling through traffic is very peaceful.

Once you've got the hang of the sat-nav – and it takes a couple of goes to become accustomed to it – then it's one of the better ones available.

And there's plenty of room in the back. The seats popped down, and there was acres of space. My skill with jigsaw puzzles came in handy to shuffle the odd-shaped bits of furniture around, but it all got in, with room to spare.

And, as I was on the fairway when I got the phone call, there was even room to lay my golf clubs on the passenger seat...

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: 1,041

This month's highlight

Getting all that furniture in the back – and it's very economical at almost 50mpg.