2019 Lexus ES 300h Review | Asian Car Guide
December 12, 2019

2019 Lexus ES 300h Review

2019 Lexus ES

The all-new 2019 Lexus ES 300h is a hybrid executive sedan that will have no problems holding its own among its German peers, like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series and the Audi A6.

Pricing is from $59,888 for the Luxury and the Sports Luxury from $74,888 (plus ORC). As it is, price wise, the new ES is already at an advantage over the German rivals, giving you the benefits of a hybrid vehicle for the money.

The 2019 Lexus ES resembles the flagship LS at the first glance and assumes more muscular and athletic lines.

The ES300h comes with a 2.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine with an 88kW hybrid drivetrain to produce 131kW of power and 221Nm of torque.

The nickel-metal hydride battery has been moved from under the boot floor in the previous car to under the rear seats, therefore more cargo space (454 litres).

The car is 1,865mm (45mm wider), 4,975mm (65mm longer) and heights (1,865mm) 5mm lower than the previous model. The wheelbase is 2,870mm also longer by 50mm.

Each wheel is near every corner of the new body, which results in tracks widening by 10mm in front and 30mm at the rear. The profile makes for a squat and purposeful stance.

The interior is undoubtedly a mature and lovely place to be in. There is outstanding audio, thanks to a Mark Levinson 17-speaker sound system.

The seats are of sports-styled leather, which are heated and ventilated 12-way power adjustable front seats. For passengers at the back, heated and power reclining rear seats that have three way climate control.

The heated steering wheel, power rear sunshade, manual side rear window shades, and also cornering LED headlights add to the list of luxuries offered by the ES.

There is a pair of rotary knobs on the driver instrumentation binnacle, similar to those found in the LC and LS: the right for the Eco, Normal and Sport settings and the left for traction control respectively.

The ES 300h stands out for its ultra-smoothness, super linearity and comfort. Its throttle response is completely predictable, 100 per cent of the time.

The moments between flooring it and lifting off, there is never a lag, surge or clunky gear hunting.

The ES 300h 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, electric motor and continuously variable transmission works seamlessly together to make acceleration fun and easy to drive.

As you would expect of a Lexus, progress is quiet and vibration-free, even when I rev it past 5,000rpm. Its chassis is sterling; it offers a very comfortable, cosseted ride, while remaining sturdy when the going gets tougher.

Few cars strike a balance as fine as this Lexus ES 300h here.

The same goes for its steering, which is nicely weighted, precise and tractable. And when the car comes to a sudden stop, it does so with no trace of its nose diving.

The car is far from bare; all the modern amenities you would normally rely on are on board. The Lexus ES retains its relevance by focusing on fundamentals such as 10 airbags, AEB with pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning.

The ES 300h was awarded the maximum five-star ANCAP rating. By the way, this new ES shares its platform with the new Toyota Camry, and the frame is 30 per cent stiffer than previously.

It is part of the latest global architecture which Toyota and Lexus are now using to build its vehicles.

This car should not be overlooked nor underrated anymore. It has managed to retain its core values while injecting newfound levels of dynamic ability for the driver.

More importantly, it scores well in real-world relevance.

The ES300h is covered by Lexus’ four-year/100,000km warranty. Servicing is recommended every 15,000km or 12 months. There is no capped-price servicing scheme.

2019 Lexus ES Pricing and Specifications:

  • ES300h Luxury – $59,888 plus ORC
  • ES300h Sports Luxury – $74,888 plus ORC

Options

  • Premium paint – $1500
  • Engine Capacity:  2,494cc 4-cylinders
  • Maximum torque: 221Nm at 3,600 – 5,200rpm
  • Maximum power: 131kW at 5,700rpm
  • Transmission: e-CVT auto
  • Fuel type: Hybrid with Premium Unleaded
  • Fuel tank capacity: 50L
  • Fuel consumption: 4.6L/100km (combined)