The IS has a stylish appeal. It’s also a hybrid, so you can enjoy sportiness without having to look sorrowfully at your wallet.
The 300h F Sport version, tested here, comes with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, but just a one-speed gearbox. This is a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) and it takes some getting used to – it does whine a bit. But the car handles well, offering a firm ride with minimal body roll in the corners. This means it’s stable enough to be thrown about. Zero to 62mph can be achieved in 8.4 seconds and the car promises over 60mpg.
The F Sport trim gives the IS a more aggressive appearance than usual, with the suspension lowered to the point that passers-by take a second glance. It’s so much more interesting than a BMW 3 Series.
The IS has a stylish appeal. It’s also a hybrid, so you can enjoy sportiness without having to look sorrowfully at your wallet.
The 300h F Sport version, tested here, comes with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, but just a one-speed gearbox. This is a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) and it takes some getting used to – it does whine a bit. But the car handles well, offering a firm ride with minimal body roll in the corners. This means it’s stable enough to be thrown about. Zero to 62mph can be achieved in 8.4 seconds and the car promises over 60mpg.
The F Sport trim gives the IS a more aggressive appearance than usual, with the suspension lowered to the point that passers-by take a second glance. It’s so much more interesting than a BMW 3 Series.