Yeah, we all know that Lexus makes reliable, luxurious vehicles but they don’t exactly get the heart racing, do they? Even their sportiest model, the SC430, is more cruiser than bruiser.
Now, Lexus wants to change all that and its first task was to redesign its key models, starting with the all-new GS430. Lexus doesn’t hide the fact it used the BMW 5-Series as its benchmark for the new GS. While Lexus devotees will love the new car the real question is, is it good enough to lure buyers away from key German rivals?Well, it certainly looks good. Where the old car was a bit on the drab side the new GS is actually a little splashy with bold styling and confident detailing. The sporty front and rear lights and sculpted front fascia help define a new look for the brand, as does the rakish glasshouse, long roofline and broad shoulders. There is a little too much steel down the flanks that can make it look a little chunky from some angles, but overall the new GS is quite the looker.
Lexus interiors have long been the benchmark for quality and refinement and the new GS is no exception. The interior appointments feel robust and durable though they don’t look or feel as expensive as those in a BMW or Audi. The overall layout isn’t as stylish as some of its rivals either but the GS makes up for that with its polished metal-look dials and tasteful use of real wood trim. It also has an easy-to-use stereo and in-car computer system with touch-screen controls so you don’t have to fiddle with a silly joystick while wandering out of your lane and into the path of an on-coming bus. In addition, the seats are extremely comfortable, the driving position’s spot-on and there’s decent space in the rear too, while the trunk is as big and as nicely trimmed as the whole cabin of most compact cars.