Can The Lexus ES Really Take On The Audi A6, BMW 5-Series And Mercedes E-Class In Europe?

The mid-size premium saloon segment is perhaps more competitive than it’s ever been, especially with all three of Germany’s traditional luxury brands going neck to neck for who will feature the latest and greatest tech items.

In this particular occasion, Carwow put the representatives from Audi, BMW and  Mercedes against the Lexus ES, which in Europe, at least, is the type of car you’d probably look at only if you want to be a little different than most people. Still, the Lexus is a stylish, well-built and overall competent product.

This is not a game

The Germans aren’t playing around when it comes to longstanding premium nameplates. If you hope to have any chance in defeating the likes of the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series or Mercedes E-Class, you best bring your A-game, followed by your A+ game and your A++ game just to get in the conversation.

The Lexus is then perhaps too focused on doing its own thing to be a genuine threat here, which is evident at the end of this review when it comes in last.

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In the end though, it all comes down to three equally-matched models, where one is generally viewed as being more elegant, another as the most sporty and the third as perhaps a bit of both.

While this comparison test did end with a winner, in reality most people will just opt for whichever saloon best matches their personality and views on style and comfort. It’s almost like having to choose between three Android flagships, powered by similar chips and having similar performance.

Which one would you choose as your daily driver?


  • rover10

    In a word NO! The Lexus is good and its fans will continue to buy the product regardless of the competition. However, the Japanese company offers an exclusivity that is in truth, is where it wants to be? In some ways that’s its strength.

  • Seats & a steering wheel

    The rear drive GS has always been the natural competitor to the E-Class, 5 Series and A6, not the front drive ES which in my country (Australia) is C-Class, 3 Series and A4 money offering a lot more car for around the same price.
    I actually love the new ES and you know that in the mid to long term is a better consumer choice, but I suppose for the one or two day tests these motoring journos play with these cars, it’s not quite at the level of these higher priced Germans for dynamics.

    • Jason Panamera

      A6 always has been fron wheel drive.

      • Seats & a steering wheel


        • Jason Panamera

          It is front wheel drive as standard. Quattro is option. Here in Europe.

    • Jawohl

      Lol. Still trying to sell Lexus😂

      • Seats & a steering wheel

        Lol. Still pretending you know anything about cars.

  • Bash

    No. Although it’s good, but the answer is still no.

  • Aeromann

    I will choose Mercie.

  • Jawohl

    Lexus, Europe?😂😂😂😂

    • PK

      it’s like why would the japanese buy a korean car in japan.

  • Craig

    The Lexus. Not quite as good as the others? Well… maybe not as good to drive. But what about when it comes to actually owning a car? I bet it’s more reliable. And to me – that just might be enough to give it the win.

    • DM

      I agree. Never did my Subaru or Mazda disappoint or fail me, and as much I’ve loved my german cars, you can’t beat japanese reliability especially when the cars get older.

  • AMG44

    Lexus ES looks really sharp on the road from some angles.
    In some countries Lexus ES350 can be had for roughly half the money of an E class (6 cylinder) or 5 Series (6 cylinder). So it also has it’s plus points.
    Out of the 3 Germans in this category my pick would be the E class. It is almost indistinguishable from a S class and thats a huge plus.

  • Ary Wisesa

    I’d take the GS over all of these. But since it’s no longer available, I’d go for the E-Class. I think Lexus decision to drop the GS from their lines is very wrong.

    • Bash

      I am in total and completely 100 percent in agreement with you.

    • TheBelltower

      The GS was a poor seller.

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