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.

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[Source: Belfast Telegraph]

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