Long term report: Lexus IS300h

Lexus IS300h
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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.

He was smitten, though, by the sat nav. When so many manufacturers mess up something that should be so easy, the Lexus nav system was easy to operate and very informative – and highlighting which gantry on the M25 had a speed camera attached was a real bonus.

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: 1,236

This month's highlight

Eating up those motorway miles in comfort – and doing it so, so quietly...