- 4 Door Sedan
- 8 Cylinder, 5.0 Litre
- Sports Automatic, Rear Wheel Drive
- Petrol – Premium ULP
- 11.4 / 100Km
Exterior and Style
Interior and Comfort
Inside, the 2014 ISF reveals several new changes, including a redesigned center console with Alcantara leather trim that also makes an appearance in the doors and as an added touch as seat accents.
At some point, performance and style trumped passenger comfort in the vehicle’s design, as taller occupants may feel cramped even in the front seats. As far as the rear, forget trying to fit three adults in – not only is it legally impossible (due to the lack of a middle seat), but it’s also ill advised from a comfort standpoint as leg- and headroom are scarce.
Under the Bonnet
On the Road
The ISF’s hallmark has always been its performance, and many claim that it is one of the most understated and underrated performance sedans. Driving enthusiasts can’t help but be pleased with its balance of engine power, delightful engine noise, prestige, and driver involvement. The V8 powerhouse provides a consistent force throughout its rev range and remains remarkably consistent from gear to gear.
Value for the Money
One of the great reliefs for ISF buyers in the past has been the lengthy list of standard features and lack of expensive options. Though 2014 Lexus ISF prices starting at $125,945 are still a sting to the wallet, they seem rather cheap in comparison to its three European competitors.
It’s often difficult to contend with the performance of the three German titans, though 2014 Lexus ISF reviews indicate that this vehicle keeps the gap respectably close. It also undercuts comparable models – the BMW M3, Audi RS4, and Mercedes-Benz C63 – by over $25,000 each. And it’s not as though the ISF lacks feature-wise either, as all three have longer options lists.
Those looking for a serious driver’s car will find a sleeper hit in the ISF. Every aspect of the vehicle seems designed, tuned, and honed with performance in mind and the work of Lexus’ racing engineers shines through. While it’s certainly not one of the more popular choices on Australian roads – which may also add a certain “underground” charm – the ISF presents a strong, affordable challenge to the mainstream and is certainly worth exploring.
About Tim Marsh:
Tim Marsh, author of New Cars Plus’s Car Reviews and Blog, has been covering the car beat for the last 8 years. Tim specialises in finding the best deals on wheels and offering advice on making your car last.
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