Lexus quality and craftsmanship combine with high value in the new ES Premium Edition. This new model costs just £550 more than the entry-level ES on which it is based, yet is equipped with more than £3,000 of additional equipment features.
These luxury features include 18-inch alloy wheels, 12.3-inch Lexus navigation with DVD player, heated steering wheel, wireless smartphone charger, automatic wipers, windscreen de-icer and aluminium scuff plates for all four doors. And with an on-the-road price of £35,750, the new ES Premium Edition (shown in these pictures) is well below the £40,000 threshold for additional Vehicle Excise Duty.
2021 Lexus ES saloon updates
Small but appreciable adjustments to specifications and design represent the changes applied to the 2021 model year Lexus ES saloon. The purpose of these is to improve safety and enhance the appearance and user-friendly design of the cabin.
Now standard across the range are Blind Spot Monitor (see above) and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) systems, safety functions previously only provided on F Sport and Takumi grades. Both systems are designed to keep the driver alert to hazards in the car’s immediate surroundings. But RCTA includes an auto-braking function that will intervene to help prevent a collision if the driver fails to respond to a warning of approaching traffic when reversing out of a parking space.
The ES F Sport remains one of the best-value sports saloons on the market. As such, extra content has been added to the optional Tech and Safety Pack to give the model even more appeal. It now comes with the 12.3-inch Lexus multimedia and navigation system, triple-eye LED headlights, heated steering wheel and a wireless smartphone charger. And yet, even with the addition of the Tech and Safety Pack, its £39,255 price also remains below the £40,000 ‘luxury’ level, while the low emissions of its efficient hybrid powertrain helps it secure a 28% Benefit In Kind rating for company car tax payers.
Lexus is also providing the high-tech option of Digital Side-view Monitors on the ES Takumi – a first in its European model range. Compact, door-mounted cameras relay images in real-time to monitors at the base of the A-pillars. The view is automatically extended to eliminate blind spots when the indicators are used or reverse gear is selected.
2021 Lexus ES: overview of standard features
|ES||Ten-speaker Pioneer audio system, dual-zone climate control with Climate Concierge, heated front seats with eight-way power adjustment, sunroof, intelligent parking sensors, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, 17-inch alloy wheels, smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Lexus Safety System+|
|F Sport||In addition to base ES: Adaptive Variable Suspension, F Sport exterior and interior styling details, 19-inch F Sport alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, auto-folding power door mirrors with reverse-tilt function|
|Takumi||In addition to base ES: 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, 12.3-inch multimedia display, power boot lid with hands-free kick sensor, head-up display, semi-aniline leather upholstery, Shimamoku wood trim inlays|
The new 2021 Lexus ES is on sale now, with deliveries to customers from October.