The Auto Trader expert verdict:
The Lexus IS looks utterly distinctive, and that alone could be enough to tempt drivers away from the usual suspects in the compact executive class. Overall, though, we still think rivals like the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class are better all-rounders and the lack of a plug-in hybrid option will limit its appeal to company car drivers.
Reasons to buy:
- Excellent reliability
- Looks distinctive next to its German rivals
- Plenty of standard equipment