It's been a busy time at AOL Cars Towers and we've been beetling all over the country. Designer Graeme needed to embark on a cross-country trek, and as he asked me ever-so nicely (and bought me a cake, and I'm a sucker for cake) he disappeared in the Lexus. But once I'd eaten the cake (apple, fresh cream and flaky pastry, as you're asking) I told him I needed feedback for this very page...
It turned out that was no hardship, as he quickly became a big Lexus fan. His trip involved a fair bit of motorway driving, and he loved the way the 2.5-litre petrol engine in our hybrid model just ate up the miles – and in comfort, as he snuggled down in the luxurious, supportive seat.
He was a tad disappointed with its speed from a standing start (although to be fair, he had been driving a Porsche Cayman earlier that week, so had been rather spoilt) but once it got up to speed, it cruised beautifully. And the car is quiet – very quiet, especially as he eased off the drive at sparrow's fart o'clock in the morning and the electric motor ensured the neighbours weren't disturbed.
Model: Lexus IS300h
Price: £38,495 (as tested)
Engine: 2.5-litre 4cyl, 178bhp, plus electric motor
Power: 178hp, 300Nm
Max speed: 125mph
Mileage this month: 1,236
This month's highlight
Eating up those motorway miles in comfort – and doing it so, so quietly...