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Old 7th December 2017, 13:27   #76
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I know I am too late to congrtualte you sir, but I couldn't help. I had read this review as a guest, and especially wanted to comment after becoming a member. This was a very detailed review. Wanted to rate even more than 5-stars but couldn't. The Lexus is a real beauty. I like it from all angles(except the front grille, just my personal opinion, take no offence) although I have never seen one as person. It will surely age gracefully, and from Toyota's reliability I can easily say it will outlast you. A hearty congrats again sir!


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Safety features

5-Star NCAP safety rating (out of a maximum score possible of 5-stars)
10 SRS Airbags
ABS
Hill start assist
Vehicle Stability Control
Auto door lock at 15 kmph (not sure of exact speed)
Hazard warning indicators
Tyre pressure warning with location
Front fog lamp indicator
Anti-theft system
Child seat anchors

In IIHS testing, the car received the Top Safety Pick+ award in 2016 after it earned a Good score on all crash tests (Good is the highest possible score) and a Superior rating on the forward collision prevention and mitigation test.

NHTSA safety crash test video
Braking
Now coming to the most important part, she excells in safety. One can easily see in the video that how nicely she absorbed the impact energy, all on the outer side, and the passanger cell was intact as new(the doors opened without any fuss). This surely inspires a lot of confidence in the customer.

Now I would like to conclude by congratulating you again and wishing you many happy miles to come!
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Old 7th December 2017, 20:28   #77
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Great read. Congratulations , on your Lexus ES300h buy.

Nevertheless, there are 2 things that are big turn-off's with respect to the car.

The First is the obvious one: Price.

The Second according to me is the GC (Ground Clearance) , coupled with the fact that the scales tilt in the favor of soft suspension in this car. Which actually compounds the problem. As a consequence of which , the owner would have to let go of the innumerable occasions on which the underside of the car coming in contact with the road surface!!(Dreaded speed breakers) . Which on a 70+ lakh car is a bit difficult to come to terms with, Notwithstanding the fact, that this is a super Luxury car.

Something that should be brought to the attention of Lexus Engineers: that either they fix the GC or At least bring about a functionality in the vehicle which enable the driver to stiffen up the suspension by a flick of a switch!.
Because without that, it limits the utility of the vehicle. No one would want that to be in the back of their mind, before they go about taking the vehicle out to any of the National Highways issuing out of Delhi -NCR. It would make anyone apprehensive!

OR who knows that the above is mere supposition, that its my figment of imagination. I leave it to the discretion of the owner.

I read in your review, that you took the car on NH1 , Delhi-Chandigarh, came up with 16+ kmpl avg. Prior to your posting that figure, I had imagined the following:

That if someone were to drive on NH1 , Delhi-Chandigarh , in this car , with Cruise control set to 90 kmph + ECO mode and the drive included a rare stop and minimal traffic would bring up the FE to 20+ kmpl would not be something of an exaggeration.

But then you brought me down to the ground, with a realistic 16+ kmpl.
Hope you have a wonderful experience with this vehicle.
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It will surely age gracefully, and from Toyota's reliability I can easily say it will outlast you. A hearty congrats again sir!
The odds are that she can outlast me. At 58 I have 18 to 20 years to go by WHO average male life expectancy standards. Maybe some grandchild of mine will one day thank dadaji for the vintage bequeathed to him/her.

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Nevertheless, there are 2 things that are big turn-off's with respect to the car.
The First is the obvious one: Price.
Yes. It is steep & did bother me at first.
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The Second according to me is the GC (Ground Clearance) , coupled with the fact that the scales tilt in the favor of soft suspension in this car. Which actually compounds the problem.
You are absolutely correct. The GC is as bad as a MB and the soft suspension makes it worse. Nevertheless in delhi-NCR we've managed just fine with a few scrapes.
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Notwithstanding the fact, this is a super Luxury car.
Yes. Agree. Very cushy ride and quiet. I pat her and stroke her after every drive.
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Something that should be brought to the attention of Lexus Engineers: that either they fix the GC or At least bring about a functionality in the vehicle which enable the driver to stiffen up the suspension by a flick of a switch!.
Like your idea. I have given them this feedback and to my surprise and slight consternation they were surprised and said we have received this feedback. I said, "well you are hearing it now".

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I read in your review, that you took the car on NH1 , Delhi-Chandigarh, came up with 16+ kmpl avg.
Yes that is with all the traffic, slow downs, tractors, and other interferences including about 50 kms within Delhi.

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That if someone were to drive on NH1 , Delhi-Chandigarh , in this car , with Cruise control set to 90 kmph + ECO mode and the drive included a rare stop and minimal traffic would bring up the FE to 20+ kmpl would not be something of an exaggeration.
I do not know. Cruise control is tough in our country on most highways because you can barely drive steady for more than a few minutes on an average - sometimes for 10 to 12 minutes before needing to slow down or overtake. But theoretically at cruise speed of 90kmph it is all ICE power so they fuel saving of the 'hybrid' component doesn't really come into play. The Hybrid side really saves fuel in traffic with its stop-start pattern.
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bring about a functionality in the vehicle which enable the driver to stiffen up the suspension by a flick of a switch
Like your idea.
If I am not mistaken, this is possible in cars having variable dampers, it's showing up on some models of Lexus and may become standard or optional on all variants in future.

http://newsroom.lexus.eu/lexus-upgra...le-suspension/

Increase in ride height is possible on models equipped with Air Suspension. New BMW 7 has this feature and also standard on both Prado & LC. Maybe the upcoming LS500h feature air suspension.

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if someone were to drive on NH1 , Delhi-Chandigarh , in this car , with Cruise control set to 90 kmph + ECO mode and the drive included a rare stop and minimal traffic would bring up the FE to 20+ kmpl would not be something of an exaggeration.
This is possible on a 6 Cylinder Diesel beemer also You need to keep RPM's around 1500 which translates to about 100 kmph due to wonderful 8 speed ZF gearbox.

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The Hybrid side really saves fuel in traffic with its stop-start pattern.
Very correct, in addition to mileage, nothing beats the pin-drop silence in such cars. Wish Government had changed the classification of Hybrids (to keep fake one's away) instead of increasing GST.

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