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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review: Lexus GS

Overall verdict
If you (or your fleet manager) can live without diesel, this is a smart A6 alternative.


Much-improved design and abilities for Lexus’ fully hybrid 5-Series wannabe


It still lacks the diesel buyers demand


What is it?

Ever considered a Lexus? Probably. Then you bought a BMW or Audi. Enough of that, the firm has decided – and, proving it wants to get serious is the latest GS, which spearheads a spangly new direction for the premium brand that’s promised plenty for two decades but never quite delivered.

There’s no missing the GS, which was launched in 2013 to go head-to-head with the Audi A6 and BMW 5-Series. The sporty F-Sport trim’s front bumper is one of the most aggressive ever seen on a production car, giving a dynamic appearance like no Lexus before it. And if even that’s somehow too subtle for you, rest easy: the mighty 5.0-litre GS-F has now arrived to make the BMW M5 look like a bit of a wallflower.