Lexus moves into new territory this winter with revisions to the IS 220d that bring a substantial reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, leading to even more significant cost of ownership savings.
In bringing the CO2 figure down from 163 to 148g/km, the Lexus IS 220d enjoys a more advantageous position in terms of Benefit-in-Kind company car tax rates and the allowance companies can write down against Corporation Tax. The new BIK rate is 20 per cent and for the 2009/10 tax year the reduced CO2 level allows companies to offset more of the Lexus IS 220d's capital cost against Corporation Tax at a rate of 20 per cent. Taking the Lexus IS 220d SE-I as an example, this means companies can save up to £1,335 in Corporation Tax compared to the previous 2009 model with 163g/km emissions.
The economic profile of the luxury sports saloon is further enhanced by a new Band C rating for Vehicle Excise Duty, plus reduced fuel costs thanks to improvements in fuel consumption which raise the combined cycle mpg by nine per cent, from 46.3 to 50.4.
The adjustments which have brought these benefits about have not impinged on top-line performance: the lightweight 2.2-litre four-cylinder engine produces a maximum 175bhp at 3,600rpm and 400Nm of torque @ 2,600rpm, giving a maximum speed of 135mph and nought to 62mph acceleration in 8.9 seconds. The Lexus IS 220d is fitted as standard with a six-speed manual transmission.
There is no increase in on-the-road prices, with the 2009 Lexus IS 220d priced £22,015, SE-I £24,470 and SE-L £26,585. The Lexus IS 220d benefits from previously announced specification improvements for the 2009 model year, including the provision of Lexus's Vehicle Integrated Dynamics Management (VDIM) system on all models. SE versions now come with Cellensia upholstery; front and rear parking sensors are standard on SE-I grade; and SE-L models have gained new-design 18-inch alloy wheels.
In the fiercely competitive premium saloon market, the new Lexus IS 220d enjoys a clear advantage over its rivals, thanks to its unmatched combination of high specification, value and tax efficiency.
|OTR PRICE||P11D VALUE||BIK (%)||TAX pa
|Position vs IS|
|Lexus IS 220d SE||148||£22,015||£21,840||20||£1,747||-|
|BMW 320d SE||128||£26,680||£26,505||18||£1,908||+£161|
|Audi A4 2.0 TDI SE 170||140||£24,850||£24,675||19||£1,875||+£128|
|Mercedes-Benz C220 CDI SE||156||£25,007||£24,807||22||£2,183||+£436|