2021 Lexus LS 500h review: Lounge Sport with hybrid efficiency

2. Interior and Features 
3. Driving Experience
4. Competition, Conclusion

Competition and Conclusion

The obvious competitor to the LS 500h is the recently-launched Mercedes-Benz S 450 L, along with the BMW 7 Series and Audi A8, but we’ve also noted that prices of cars in this category are rising. Two years ago they were just shy of the S$500k mark, but the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the Lexus LS have shot past that barrier.

Lexus LS 500h boot

You do get more equipment with the price increase, but it also underscores the fact that cars will keep getting more expensive with time.

While the all-new Mercedes-Benz S 450 L is all high tech wizardry and already has a ready list of well-heeled customers, the same can also be said of the LS 500h as Lexus customers in Singapore are known to have strong brand loyalties too. While the hybrid is our pick for smoothness and efficiency, there’s also the LS 350, which uses the same engine block as the LS 500h but in a different state of tune and a solid S$100k less money.

Lexus LS 500h side window curtain

Then there’s the middle child in the form of the turbo V6 LS 500 that delivers 418 horsepower and costs S$20k less than the hybrid. Take your pick. 

Lexus LS 500h name plate badge

Lexus LS 500h 

Engine3,456cc, V6
Power295hp at 66500rpm
Torque350Nm at 5100rpm
GearboxMulti-stage hybrid transmission
Electric Motor177hp
BatteryLithium ion, unknown capacity
Total System Power358hp
0-100km/h5.4 seconds
Top Speed250km/h
Fuel Efficiency6.7L/100km
VES / modifierB / neutral
AgentLexus Singapore
PriceS$571,888 with COE
VerdictSmooth, powerful, comfortable and luxurious, the LS500h is truly the brand’s showcase of its excellent hybrid system in a very competent and luxurious  chassis

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Lionel Kong
An old hand from the bad old days of crazy COEs, the straight-shooting, ex-CarBuyer editor is back in the four-wheeled world. Rumours that he went to another country to start a Judas Priest tribute band are unfounded.