A look at the sales of Lexus in India is enough to make it clear that the ES sedan is, by far, their most popular product. And now, with the launch of the seventh-generation ES in India, a lot is riding on this new car. In terms of appearance, the ES is quite promising. Its radical new design is certainly alluring. The large spindle grille can be a tad polarising, but it stands out – allowing the ES a discernible road presence.
The interior is a fine place to be. Finished in absolutely top-quality materials – bettered perhaps only by its bigger brother, the LS – the ES has loads of room in both the front and the rear. Needless to say, there’s ample leg room for rear seat passengers. The seats also deserve a special mention, for their fantastic finish, amazing comfort and ergonomics.
In terms of efficiency, the ES does well with its latest-generation petrol Hybrid – the only engine on offer.
Interestingly, the ES is the most environmentally friendly car in its segment. So, it’s a great choice if you’re concerned about your carbon footprint. But, if you’re looking for a large sedan with a diesel engine, the ES is not for you.
Now, driving the ES is not only comfortable but also quite pleasurable, for it offers a fantastic ride, excellent isolation from the outside world and a beautiful sounding Mark Levinson audio system. Initially, the additional torque from the electric motor makes things easy, however, if pushed harder, the CVT transmission does start to feel a bit strained. And, let’s be honest, at the end of the day, the ES is meant for customers who are almost always – if not always – chauffeured around.
Therefore, if you’re looking for a comfortable, unique, environmentally friendly, beautifully built luxury sedan, the ES stands out for all the right reasons. The only things it loses out on is the lack of a diesel engine, which may not be a turnoff for much longer given the current backlash against diesel, and the fact that Lexus is still finding its feet in India and expanding its dealer network. But, without a doubt, the ES has one of the finest cabins you can spend time in.