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The Top Gear car review:Lexus LC
On the inside
Layout, finish and space
The interior is typical Lexus, all three-dimensional dash architecture and granite build quality. The seating position, especially with the grippier alcantara sports seats you get on Sport and Sport+ models, is low, legs out in front, perfect. There’s even a nod to the LFA with the moving instrument binnacle on top of a digital display behind the wheel.
Yes, there’s a splurge of buttons and touchpads, screens and stalks sprouting from every surface that require a PhD to operate, but it’s executed with flair and attention to detail. Tricky to explain this one, but its mish-mash of layers and angles manages to make the inside an event, even if you go for a sombre colour scheme. And for a car that’s destined to become a protest vote against German stalwarts like the BMW 6 Series and new Mercedes E-Class Coupe (due early 2017), or as a half-price alternative to Brits like the Aston Martin DB11 and Bentley Continental GT, being wilfully different is surely the way to go.
There are back seats, if you can call them that. Best to think of them as additional luggage space, rather than an opportunity to take an extra human with you. Even a sub-6ft tall driver will leave approximately zero legroom behind them. The boot offers 197-litres of space in the LC500 – less than half what you get in a BMW 6 Series – and that shrinks to 172-litres in the LC500h thanks to the battery pack behind the seats.