2019 Lexus ES Reviews Are In: Time To See If The Germans Should Worry

The first reviews of the 2019 Lexus ES are landing and the feedback is rather encouraging for the seventh generation of the popular Japanese model.

The new Lexus ES is also important because it will be the first of its name to be officially offered in Western and Central Europe, albeit only in the hybrid ES 300h version.

According to Lexus, the new ES 300h can deliver “exceptional fuel efficiency and responsive performance” thanks to its new, fourth generation self-charging hybrid drive system.

The new hybrid powertrain of the Lexus ES 300h combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine that runs on the Atkinson cycle with a lighter and more compact electric motor. Lexus says that the combined output is 215hp (218PS) and its combined fuel economy is 60mpg UK (4.7lt/100km).

As ever, Lexus opted for a CVT transmission but now promises that the powertrain is designed to reduce the “rubber band” feel commonly associated with this type of gearboxes. There’s even a Sport mode that boosts torque in lower speeds for better acceleration, as well as six simulated gears than can be selected via paddle shifters.

F Sport models will be equipped with an adaptive suspension along with certain sporty touches in and out. Thanks to the adoption of the GA-K platform, Lexus says that the new ES represents a leap forward compared to its predecessors.

But the biggest question remains: is the new Lexus ES good enough to take on the latest crop of premium German metal? Check out the first driving impressions in the videos below.


  • pcurve

    shame about the lower door plastic.. 2004 ES had super soft padded lower door plastic. That car was… so plush.

    • Six_Tymes

      yeah, the 2004 ES was an awesome car.

  • Six_Tymes

    this gen is still built on the Camry yes? it looks like it is.

  • Merc1

    That is pretty much what Lexus is hoping the market thinks of this car, because with this F Sport model I’d be the GS is as good as gone.


  • Kagan

    They don’t have to worry because of the looks, no matter how good it is.
    In europe it also is the name and not being european.

  • Harry_Wild

    Judging from it looks – the front grill, Lexus ES cannot be compare to any German luxury sedan! It is totally hideous looking!

    • محمد علي

      Well, Mercedes-Benz is a pure luxury with no doubt but i see Lexus very special, not like any other luxury brand (Cadillac, BMW, MB, Infiniti, Jaguar)..Especially that ES, it looks 1000 times more awesome than an E Class in its design, seriously…I’ll pick the Lexus.

  • SteersUright

    Sounds just about as boring as ever. RIP GS350. Now that was a great driving car!

    Given they’ve returned to the utterly geriatric lineup (outside of a few very overpriced cars) and their remaining sporty car (IS350) is well past due for replacement, Lexus quickly went from being one of my admired brands to one I will quickly overlook when shopping for my next car.

  • Craig

    It’s very nice. But I would seriously consider the Avalon over this IF I was in the market for a fancy compact sedan.

    • :/ Yurr

      You mean Camry?

      • Craig

        No. The Avalon. The new one is quite nice.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      Compact sedan?

      These are pretty large, only the LS is bigger.

  • Bash

    When he bans Mercedes from the US, we will have to see more of these Lexus anyway.

  • dumblikeyou2

    It looks too similar to the Camry now. Other than the customer-care experience, they’re literally the same car now. The previous generations didn’t have that issue.

  • Christian Wimmer

    Speaking from a European perspective, I think this car will be a FLOP in Western Europe. Lexus sells poorly here, especially their sedans. The car has only one engine option (for now) and competes in a competitive segment dominated by the Audi A6, BMW 5er and especially the Mercedes-Benz E-Class which are all highly customizable to appeal to different and individual tastes.

    Ironically the most „common“ Lexus are the NX or RX, but they are still a rare sight. I live in Munich and when you walk (or drive) up and down Maximilianstrasse you see high-end Audis, BMWs, Mercedes‘, Porsches, Ferraris, Aston Martins, Jaguars, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, Bentleys, Rolls-Royces etc. BUT NO LEXUS.

    When Lexus press releases talk about successful „European sales“, they are as far as I know, talking about the UK and Russia. That‘s where Lexus are somewhat „popular“ to my knowledge.

  • Victor Ferreira

    It’s FWD with a CVT. It poses no competition to the established luxury brands. However, it does look better than the previous generation, at least on the outside. The GS was still more appealing, though,

  • Brabusbus

    Germans shouldn’t worry with ES, but with the next generation GS of course they should…

  • Ron

    A crappy CVT in a car this price? Hell no. I travel a lot for work and I loath driving anything with a CVT.

  • Bash

    Who else?

    • PK

      obama! jk lol

    • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

      He started threatening the Japanese

      • Bash

        Great, we’re doomed, we are left with Chevy, ford, and yeah KIA, rolling eyes…

  • botornot387

    Simple: no the Germans don’t have anything to worry about. They didn’t when the GS was around and they won’t now either. The only reason people shop this vs a 5 series is price, and the only reason they pass on the 5 series is price. This just continues to compete against the IS, and it appeals to a much older crowd. It is a Toyota Avalon with some changes, which will never satisfy a driver looking in the executive class.

  • botornot387

    It is built on the same platform. It is the TNGA platform. Its a modular platform that will underpin the majority of vehicles built by Toyota for FWD/AWD platforms.

  • botornot387

    cause you are getting the same car with not really a downlux interior for less money and some included maintenance. The Avalon is also draws an even older crowd than the ES.

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    Honestly Volvo S90 doing well even it’s FWD, also the base and most sold A6

    Don’t get me wrong, I am GS guy, but a FWD with a good price will buy

  • Matthew Boyd

    Not bad. I don’t like Lexus vehicles but I respect their brand. I feel the grille is one of the best features on their cars besides their paint jobs (that’s said with zero sarcasm).

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