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.
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.
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.
|Power||295hp at 66500rpm|
|Torque||350Nm at 5100rpm|
|Gearbox||Multi-stage hybrid transmission|
|Battery||Lithium ion, unknown capacity|
|Total System Power||358hp|
|VES / modifier||B / neutral|
|Price||S$571,888 with COE|
|Verdict||Smooth, powerful, comfortable and luxurious, the LS500h is truly the brand’s showcase of its excellent hybrid system in a very competent and luxurious chassis|