2020 Lexus ES 300h Review: Super Executive Hybrid Sedan

Sunday, January 13th, 2019 - Lexus
2020 Lexus ES 300h Interior Photos

Aboard the large 2020 Lexus ES 300h hybrid sedan, you can relax. The 218 horsepower respond fluids and guarantee a decent sprint; however, the operation of the gearbox is perfectible.

The New edition of the Lexus ES, maxi sedan of the luxury brand of Toyota. 498 centimeters long, has taut and streamlined lines; the front is conspicuous, where the hourglass mask that characterizes all the Lexus stands out. The sporting aspect, however, does not mislead: this is a four-door rated above all for comfort.

The only Lexus ES imported in our country is the hybrid one: the 300h. To move it is a 2.5 petrol that works according to the Atkinson cycle (compared to the classic Otto, limits the pumping losses in the four cylinders while keeping the intake valves open longer when the pistons rise), working together with a unit electric for a total of 218 horses.

The current motor is powered by a nickel-metal hydride battery, located under the sofa. Through the continuously variable gear change, the bike is transmitted to the front wheels. The newly designed platform includes a McPherson-type front axle (the spring and damper unit has a load-bearing and damping function) and a more refined rear axle with multiple arms (ensures better control of wheel movements).

Specs Sheet

Petrol engine
Displacement cm 3 2487
or cylinders and arrangement 4 online
Maximum power kW (CV) / revolutions 131 (178) / 5700
Max torque Nm / rev 221 / 3600-5200
Electric motor
Maximum power kW (CV) / revolutions 88 (120) / nd
Max torque Nm / rev 202 / na
Overall max power kW (CV) / revolutions 160 (218) / nd
Emission of CO 2 grams/km 103
Distribution 4 valves per cylinder
or gear ratios CVT (automatic) + reverse
Traction front
Front brakes self-ventilated discs
Rear brakes self-ventilated discs
The declared performances
Maximum speed (km / h) 180 (self-limited)
Acceleration 0-100 km / h (s) 8.9
Average consumption (km / l) 22.2
How large is it
Length / width / height cm 498/187/145
Step cm 287
Weight in running order kg 1680
Trunk capacity liters 454
Tires (standard) 235/45 R18

2020 Lexus ES 300h Interior – What A Living Room!

Made with care (precise assembly, quality of most materials) the interior of the Lexus ES 300hIt is cozy. Also for the rear passengers, there is a lot of space in width and for the legs. However, the elusive roof line steals the air above the head: those taller than 180 cm touch the ceiling. The well-padded seats (as well as the sofa) guarantee comfortable posture and have extensive electrical adjustments.

2020 Lexus ES 300h Interior Photos

The partially digital dashboard is easy to read and can even show instantaneously the contribution of the two engines. Well, also the commands, which are quite intuitive. Singular (and not uncomfortable) the two knobs on the sides of the eyelid of the dashboard: the left one disables the ESP, the right one selects the three driving modes (Eco, Normal, and Sport), which vary the response of engines and gearbox.

Through the tactile surface in the tunnel the various functions of the onboard services are easily managed, starting from the navigator, displayed on the screen clearly visible in the center of the dashboard. Alongside, the large analog clock is a sought-after detail. You could pay more attention to the gloveboxes: no one is refrigerated and, like the pockets in the doors, the front drawer does not shine for capacity. Vice versa, that of the trunk is appreciable and the electric opening door offers satisfactory accessibility.

On The Road – Relax

For a sedan so big, and close to 1700 kg of weight, the handling does not disappoint consistent and quite precise steering. However, the 2020 Lexus ES 300h it is more appreciated in the guide in souplesse, where the progressive response of the engine and gearbox promotes a smooth ride in a muffled interior, which filters out the road noise and disconnection. Forcing the pace, credible the 8.9 seconds declared for the “0-100” (the 180 km / h maximum speed are self-limited); however, the transmission keeps the 2.5 (“scooter effect”) very high, which transmits a little too much noise for a luxury car.

A feature, however, less noticeable than other Lexus (and Toyota) hybrids. If desired, the continuously variable transmission allows you to simulate the insertion of six ratios via the paddles behind the steering wheel. In any case, the entry into operation of the two engines is imperceptible and, by pressing the EV key in the tunnel, for short sections at low speed you can proceed only in electric. During the test on extra-urban roads, mostly tackled at a relaxed pace, the onboard computer calculated consumption of around 14 km/l.


2020 Lexus ES 300h is well equipped. The least expensive business (€ 50,800) includes full led headlights, navigator, sunroof and electric-regulated seats upholstered in leather. The Executive of the test (€ 56,000) adds the blind spot monitoring system in the rear-view mirrors and that of the traffic behind the car when reversing (in the event of collision risk, it can activate the brakes). The most dynamic F-Sport (€ 58,200) is the only one with electronically controlled suspension and adds a more sporty driving mode, while the Luxury (€ 64,000) also has the “climate” trizona and the screen of 12.3 “(Instead of 8”) for the navigator. For all, giving trade in a used, there is a discount of 8,500 euros.

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