The GS 300 is a large four-door saloon with distinctive styling and hybrid power. It’s extremely comfortable on a long journey, very well equipped and costs less to run than many similar cars.
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The style of the car
The GS 300 stands out from its luxury saloon rivals, it’s large ‘spindle’ front grille giving it a distinctive look. F Sport models have a sportier look. The interior looks more understated, with silver trim adding a bit of brightness. There’s a stylish, round analogue clock in the middle of the dashboard, too.
How it drives
The GS 300 is extremely comfortable on a long journey. It’s very quiet and feels solid and settled on the motorway. It’s very capable on a twisty road, too, if not enjoyable in the way a BMW is. The GS 300 has hybrid power with a petrol engine and electric motor. They give good acceleration up to motorway speeds. You can drive for short distances on electric power, with zero emissions, at low speed. Light steering, an automatic gearbox and a good view out make driving the GS 300 around town easy, despite its size. There are parking sensors and a rear-view camera to help with manoeuvring.
The GS 300 is a large saloon with four doors and five seats. The interior is extremely spacious and comfortable for four adults. A fifth will just about fit in the middle back seat. The batteries for the hybrid system are under the boot, so it’s on the small side for this type of car. There’s still room for four medium-size suitcases. The back seats don’t fold down if you want to carry longer items, as they do in some rivals. The interior is very well made and has lots of gadgets, but the infotainment system is a bit fiddly. All models have leather upholstery, electrically adjustable heated front seats, sat nav and cruise control. High-spec models have a bigger infotainment display, heated back seats and steering wheel, and a powerful Mark Levinson stereo.
Running costs and reliability
There are less expensive luxury saloons out there, but the GS 300 comes with more equipment than most. The hybrid power system is extremely economical, too. According to official figures, it returns 56mpg to 64 mpg (the F Sport model is at the bottom of that range because of its bigger wheels). Road tax costs depend on the age of the car and which model it is. Cars registered before 2017 cost as little as £20 per year to tax. More recent cars taxed on their list price as well as CO2 emissions can cost over £400 per year. Lexus has a long-established reputation for building extremely reliable cars, and the GS 300 has no issues to worry about. The GS 300 has a very long list of safety features including 10 airbags, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking.
How it compares with similar cars
The GS 300 is larger than the Lexus IS and smaller than the limousine-like LS. It’s about the same size as rivals such as the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class. It costs about the same but is only available as a saloon, whereas you can also buy all of those cars as an estate.
Lexus GS 300 common questions
Lexus has a long-established reputation for building extremely reliable cars and the GS 300 should prove to be extremely dependable.
With its fuel-efficient hybrid power, the GS 300 is capable of returning as much as 64mpg. Road tax costs depends on the exact model and age of the car, but can be as low as £20 per year.
The GS 300’s interior is extremely spacious for adults and a fifth will just about fit in the middle back seat. The boot is on the small side for this type of car, but still has space for four medium-size suitcases.
The GS 300’s main rivals are the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Jaguar XF and Mercedes E-Class. The rivals offer a bigger choice of engines and the option of an estate body. The Lexus isn’t as enjoyable to drive as the BMW or Jaguar but it’s especially comfortable and well equipped.