I passed by Lexus agency in Shuweikh to pickup the Lexus LS460 2013 which has undergone major facelift for two days to test drive. Lexus has always been one of the most demanded luxury cars in Kuwait especially the LS460 which has three models; the large, the short and the new sport. I picked the LS460L which made driving experience a lot funnier and safer.
Design: My first impression is that this sedan does look luxurious and prestigious with strong identity, Lexus has added several elements to make this car looks distinguished such as spindle grille in the front. It’s large on the outside and spacious inside, sitting on the front or rear seats is indeed very comfy.
Engine: LS is powered by a 4.6-liter V-8 engine that produces 386 horsepower and accelerates from 0-100 Km/hr in 5.4 secs, this means the engine is the same and was only improved slightly from the previous LS460 models. However, LS460 has relatively lower engine performance when compared to say BMW 750 or Mercedes S500 but there are other features that makes LS460L great choice such as the 8-speed automatic transmission which makes the car really smooth on the road even in high speeds.
Features: This car has numerous smart options and features, I don’t know where to even start, please note that I was given the low options LS460 so the full options model has even more features. First I liked that the car has strong Xenon lights with adaptive front lighting system and bright LED rear lights, also the dashboard looked great in the evening and I liked the large Navigation system with 12.3″ screen, there was a mouse in the center to easily browse the display menu. The electrical rear curtains give privacy to passengers, the rear camera is high resolution and this car “Really Does Park Itself” using the advanced parking assist. Other features include GPS-controlled clock so time and date change as location changes, sound system with 5.1 channels and 10 speakers plus DVD player, AUX, USB, and Bluetooth. Add to this sun roof, smart key system, A/C & heater seats, 3 memory switches…etc.
Driving Experience: If there’s one thing I would buy Lexus for then because its super comfy and smooth on the road, I can barely feel the rough roads and asphalt. Also it was really quiet inside with no wind noise what so ever, thanks to the engineers that designed the body of the car with consideration for aerodynamics (study of the properties of moving air), driving at 140 Km/hr felt like 80 Km/hr. There was an option to switch driving mode between Comfy, ECOmode, Sport, and Sport+, for instance the Sport+ will make the car more stable and improve the braking and steering and give higher performance. The fuel consumption was great too, and the safety measure are high in this car, there are 10 air bags for driver and passenger and the blind spot detector feature helps you detect any cars in the blind zone.
Price & Shortcomings: All these hot features don’t come cheap, the LS460L (low options) costs KD29,500 and full options KD33,000, and the LS460 short KD26,600. In my opinion the only drawback in this car is the relatively lower engine performance when compared to say BMW 750 & Mercedes S500, also I wish if the rims were bigger than 19″ and looked more shiny, but I believe this is non-issue with the full options model.