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The Lexus IS200d debuted in Europe last year and is the brand's first diesel-powered vehicle.
So how has the saloon faired across the pond? Well, Michael Booth of the Belfast Telegraph wasn't too impressed. He likened the engine sound to a 1970 Mercedes-Benz taxi. And his comment, 'Nobody does clinical, soulless efficiency better than Lexus...', was not exactly a ringing endorsement for enthusiasts to abandon their BMWs. He did point out the car's high quality ("a car that will last longer than the Duracell bunny") and enjoyed the Mark Levinson sound system.

Related: BMW 325i versus Lexus IS 250

[Source: Belfast Telegraph]


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      • 9 Years Ago
      Energizer bunny it is.

      The Brits shouldn't be too hard on the IS. It is a superb car and more comfortable, it should be said, than the BMW 3-Series.

      http://automobilesdeluxe.blogspot.com/2006/01/lexus-magic-new-is-250.html
      • 9 Years Ago
      diesel will be hot hot hot the next 5+ years, imo
      • 9 Years Ago
      sounds like he came into the review with a lot of preconceived notions about Lexus.. of course he's going to produce a biased review. A consolation would have been a witty, entertaining and well written review but alas, we weren't even given that much.
      • 9 Years Ago
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duracell_Bunny

      The Duracell Bunny predates the Energizer bunny. It's not used in North America.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Since Lexus cars and SUVs have alphanumeric names that "hint" at their engines displacements, this must mean the first Lexus diesel is a 2 liter. The European Lexus IS200 with 2 liter gasoline engine makes 155 hp. BMW's 2 liter gas engine in it's 3 Series makes 170 hp, while the turbodiesel 2 liter makes 150-155 hp. In other words, the Lexus GAS engine makes as much hp as the DIESEL BMW engine.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Energizer bunny?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Ultimate driving machine--nein!

      Lexus IS200 = Beautifully built & styled,comfortable,elegant,efficent,clever,refined, good value for money

      BMW 3 series = Butt ugly,indifferent build quality,uncomfortable,unreliable,poor value for money

      I've had both, due to starting a new job and inheriting a 3 month old 3 series from the previous incumbrent....The Lexus was my choice, and after having to put up with the beemer...it really is a MUCH MUCH better car...Think BMW should have stolen the design!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Re M-B, sorry, you are right, I just noticed that "my" latest issue of CAR is almost a year old. But the figures I later quote for the diesel Lexus and diesel BMW come from the May '06 issue.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #4 (Howard), the IS200 is an old generation, so don't compare it with the current-gen 3er. The the IS200 has been replaced with the IS250 (yeah, 2.5 liter), which makes around 206hp, I believe. While you're at it, compare the latest IS gas engine, and the latest 3er gas one... you'll be surprised :)
      • 9 Years Ago
      Over lunch time I checked out what CAR magazine had to say about these two.
      Comparing their figures, the BMW is faster to 60...8 seconds vs 8.6. The BMW is more fuel efficient...49 mpg of diesel vs 44. Where the Lexus (probably) comes out ahead is on price. BMW isn't exactly generous on standard features compared to the average Japanese-built car.
      But to summarize, here is what CAR said about the IS compared to a 3 Series " ALMOST (my emphasis added) outdoes BMW's 3 Series.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I am engineer too.

      I bought the bimmer. ;) It had soul.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Koba. I agree with your definition. I am an engineer, I wear IWC, I drive Lexus, and I consider car a machine, and any engineered machines should be trusted and and perfect and reliable with me seven-twenty-four-and-365, better than your best friends. Lexus is in a better position than BMW to define what a driving machine is
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