Lexus IS200

Pros - Excellent smooth drive and value for money. Superb comfort and specification.

Cons Mpg not the best. Faster cars available in this class.

Lexus IS200

  • Lexus IS200 Facts

    The IS was originally sold as the Toyota Altezza in Japan until the introduction of the second generation Lexus IS design.

    Lexus IS200 Overview (1999 - 2005)

    The Lexus IS series entry-level luxury cars/compact executive cars made by Toyota have been steady sellers, mainly in the UK and Europe. The IS competes with the BMW 3 Series and similar sports saloons.

    The first generation was launched in Japan in 1998 as the Toyota Altezza and as the Lexus IS 200 in Europe in 1999 and as the IS300 in the US in 2000.

    Its a smart 2.0L executive car with a straight-six cylinder engine and a reputation for a very nice drive. Owners describe superb weight distribution, handling and performance.

    The IS 200/300 interior featured special elements unique to this Lexus range including a chrome metal ball shifter, pop-up navigation screen, and chronograph-styled instrument panel. The styling of the rear light clusters have been much applauded and imitated on similar models.

    The IS200s 153bhp engine is well known to provide a creamy drive. Other features include superb build quality, sophisticated interior and equipment levels including airbags, multi-CD stereo, six-cylinder engine, six-speed manual gearbox, climate control, electric windows, electric folding mirrors.

    Lexus IS insurance groups start at group 12 and rise to group 14.

  • JD POWER Lexus IS200

    No car has ever done as well as consistently as Lexus in the JD Power survey results. By 2005 Lexus had won the top honour in the annual JD Power customer satisfaction survey, for the fifth year running. It came top with 848 points out of 1000 for overall satisfaction (the average was 786 points), also topping the quality/reliability and vehicle appeal categories, with 923 and 870 points respectively. In rankings by individual vehicle ranges, however, the Lexus IS200/IS300 came second overall in the individual vehicles although the top vehicle for its class. The study involves mailing questionnaires to a random sample of 90,000 UK car owners. These owners were asked to rate their cars on quality/reliability, vehicle appeal, ownership costs and satisfaction with dealers and servicing. In 2005 Lexus also retained its number one slot in the Dealer Attitude Survey conducted by the National Franchised Dealers Association. Lexus was also named Best Manufacturer in Driver Power report published in Auto Express magazine.

  • Detailed Specification Lexus IS 200

    • Performance
    • Maximum speed
    • Manual: 134 mph
    • Automatic: 127 mph
    • Acceleration 0-62 mph
    • Manual: 9.5 sec
    • Automatic: 11.2 sec
    • Engine and transmission
    • 2.0 litre engine
    • VVT-i Variable Valve Timing intelligent (electronically controlled)
    • ETCS-i Electronic Throttle Control System intelligent: advanced computerised engine management system
    • 6-speed manual transmission or 4-speed Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT-
    • AI shift system (automatic)
    • Dual stainless steel exhaust system with catalytic converters
    • Cylinders/valves in line 6/24
    • Capacity 1988 cc
    • Compression ratio 10.0:1
    • Stroke/bore 75.0 x 75.0 mm
    • Maximum output 153
    • Maximum torque 144 lb/ft (195 Nm) @ 4600 rpm
  • Fuel consumption

    • Urban
    • Manual: 20.8 mpg
    • Automatic: 20.0 mpg
    • Extra-urban
    • Manual: 36.2 mpg
    • Automatic: 36.2 mpg
    • Combined
    • Manual: 28.8 mpg
    • Automatic: 28.2 mpg
    • CO2 emissions
    • Manual: 233 g/km
    • Automatic: 239 g/km


    • Length 4400 mm
    • Width
    • Height
    • Wheel base 2670 mm
    • Fuel tank capacity 70 litres
    • Luggage compartment capacity 400 litres

    Kerb weight

    • Minimum
    • Manual: 1380 kg
    • Automatic: 1385 kg
    • Maximum
    • Manual: 1455 kg
    • Automatic: 1455 kg

    Wheels and tyres

    • IS200 Wheel:
    • IS200 Tyre: 205/55R16
    • IS200 SE & Sport Wheel: 7.0JJ x 17"
    • IS200 SE & Sport Tyre: 215/45ZR17

    Towing capacity

    • With brake 1200 kg
    • Without brake450 kg

    Chassis and body

    • Rigid high-tensile steel cabin cage
    • Extensive anti-corrosion protection
    • Super-high quality finish featuring multi-layer paint treatment


    • Front - Double wishbone
    • Rear - Double wishbone


    Front - Ventilated disc

    Rear - Solid disc


    • Driver and front passenger airbags
    • Front seats side airbag system, with curtain shield front airbags
    • Seat belts with and force limiters
    • Traction Control System (TRC)
    • Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)
    • Brake Assist (BAS)
    • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
    • Other features
    • Climate control air conditioning
    • Electric windows with anti-jam protection and one-touch auto up/down feature on drivers side
    • Cruise control (automatic transmission)
    • Front armrest (automatic transmission)
    • Metallic gear shift knob
    • Tilt-adjustable steering wheel
    • Drinks holders front and rear
    • Chronograph style instrument meter design
    • Optional DVD-based Lexus Navigator System
    • 6-speaker stereo hi-fi system with 3-wave-band RDS radio with 18 pre-set channels and Dolby cassette
    • In-dash single slot 6 disc CD
    • 16 inch alloy wheels with locking wheel nuts
    • Electric, heated and foldable outside rear view mirrors
    • Front fog lamps
    • Immobiliser
    • Double locking
  • IS200 SE Additional Features

    • 17 inch alloy wheels with locking wheel nuts
    • 8-speaker hi-fi system
    • Leather/Ecsaine seat trim
    • Electrically multi-adjustable heated front seats
    • Electric one-touch tilt and slide sunroof with anti-jam protection
    • Headlamp washers
  • IS200 Sport Additional Features

    • 17 inch alloy wheels with locking wheel nuts
    • Limited slip rear differential
    • 8-speaker hi-fi system
    • Leather/Ecsaine seat trim
    • Electrically multi-adjustable heated front seats
    • Electric one-touch tilt and slide sunroof with anti-jam protection
    • Headlamp washers
    • Two tone steering wheel
    • Sports pedals
    • Stainless steel scuff plates
    • Rear spoiler
    • Dark tinted rear windows
    • Stainless steel exhaust pipe finisher
  • 2007 IS Models

    The IS was completely redesigned for the 2006 model year and was introduced in 2005. The Toyota Altezza name also ceased to be used with the introduction of the Lexus name in Japan. The second generation IS model were shown at the 2005 Geneva Auto Show. In the United Kingdom and Europe two IS models are now sold by Lexus:

    IS 250 - 2.5 L V6, 204 hp (152 kW), rear wheel drive

    IS 220d - 2.2 L Inline-4, 175 hp (130 kW), diesel engine, rear wheel drive, manual only

    The 2007 IS models include two refined new engines on the is 250 and 220d, a petrol and a diesel. The first diesel from Lexus, offered in the IS 220d.

    This engine harnesses all the efficiencies and the torque of diesel with the endlessly well-mannered smoothness you would come to expect from a Lexus. A host of features in both the IS 220d and the IS 250 also ensures remarkable all-round strengths.

    Both are rear-wheel drive, the IS 220d is available with 6-speed manual transmission. The IS 250 is available in both automatic and 6-speed manual versions powered by a 2.5-litre V6 petrol engine. Both models include Smart Entry and Start System, knee airbags, MP3 compatibility and a full range of of innovative and high quality luxury features as standard.