Finder makes money from featured partners, but editorial opinions are our own.

Lexus LS500h F Sport review

Power, economy and comfort: We review Lexus' hybrid luxury limousine

It might seem crazy to talk about value when you're focussing on a vehicle that costs $190,000+, but hear me out. In a segment where BMW and Mercedes-Benz offerings start from $200,000, the Lexus LS500h makes a case for itself.

Our test vehicle was the F Sport edition which gains some extras like 20-inch rims, sport seating, F Sport branding inside and out, as well as a unique front bumper with black accents, which looks quite sharp, among other things.

There are other perks to consider here too, as the LS500h comes with a complimentary 3-year membership to Lexus Encore. There are loads of benefits and experiences in the program, but the main calling card is Lexus OnDemand. Say you are headed on a road trip, but fancy driving something sporty or want to head off-road, you can access other vehicles from the Lexus line-up, like a Lexus LC 500 or an LX 570.

What's the Lexus LS 500h F Sport like inside?

As you would expect from a Lexus, the interior is well presented and executed. On the LS500h, Takumi master craftsmen have joined together leather and Alcantara throughout the cabin, with the stitching patterns matching the interesting exterior. As a result, touchpoints around the cabin look and feel premium. In terms of quality, few do it better than Lexus.

Every luxury creature comfort you would expect is present, from electric-adjustable seats throughout (yes, throughout!), to dual-zone climate control that senses air quality and body temperatures.

Lexus LS500h F Sport Interior review

Nestle in front of the leather-wrapped steering wheel and you have F Sport seats which are 28-way adjustable. Behind the wheel sits an 8-inch digital display which can be customised depending on the driving mode selected. There is also a physical tachometer ring that slides around depending on what you are looking at on the trip computer.

Looking above that is a Head-Up Display system that projects all the information you need to keep you out of trouble with the law and on your chosen path. It covers everything from the speed limits of your current road, to your actual speed as well as any upcoming turns you need to make, meaning you spend more time with your eyes where they need to be.

Shifting focus to the left and Lexus has fitted a large 12.3-inch infotainment screen. It's loaded with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and digital radio, all of which project sound through 23 Mark Levinson surround-sound speakers for crystal clear audio with ample amounts of bass. The screen integrates into a large recess in the dashboard which has some pleasing flowing line design elements.

The screen is controlled by Lexus' go-to trackpad, which isn't an ideal way of interacting with the system, but then again, if you are sitting in the back you don't have to worry about it.

One area where the LS 500h falls short on its competitors, though, is boot space. The boot is rated to carry 480-litres, which in truth is enough to accept luggage for a trip away, but in terms of numbers it is down on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class (510-litres) and has 35 litres less than the BMW 7-series (515-litres).

What is the Lexus LS 500h like to drive?

We spent a fair amount of time in the saddle of this luxury cruiser and were impressed by the blend of power and efficiency it has. Especially when you consider the size of the vehicle and that it has been designed to be as plush as possible.

Efficiency comes from the electric motor that is hooked up to a 3.5-litre Atkinson-cycle V6. It can cruise on just electric power alone and, when all is said and done, it will consume around 6.6 litres per 100kms over a combination of city and highway driving.

The 3.5-litre V6 under the bonnet is no slouch and isn't just there to charge the batteries, with the unit producing 220kW by itself and 263kW when combined with the electric motor.

Lexus LS500h F Sport review

It's a nice spin on the hybrid concept, where underpowered petrol engines often play backup to hybrid systems This combination is a nice surprise. It gets up and going quickly with zero to 100 being dispatched in 5.4 seconds. It also develops a bit of a growl when you plant your foot, not something we're used to in a hybrid.

Power is sent to the wheels through a new complex-sounding approach. Essentially there's a CVT transmission and a 4-speed automatic gearbox which together give up to 10 different gear ratios.

I won't go into too much detail but can say that it works smoothly and effectively around town in traffic and when you get your foot down.

To drive, the LS 500h doesn't feel as large as it is. Despite tipping the scales at just shy of 2.3 tonnes, it remains responsive and effortless to point around thanks to lightweight steering. When it comes to parking this rather long vehicle, parking sensors and reversing cameras help guide you into a spot.

I'm not buying this car to drive it

Naturally, in a vehicle like this, not all people who purchase it will be driving it themselves. To those people I say – the back row is probably the best place to be.

Seated in the back, you have the ability to move the front passenger seat to increase legroom at the touch of a button and with plush, supportive seats, getting comfortable isn't an issue. Electric privacy shades in the back keep the sun (or eyes) from getting in. If the temperature does dip, the outboard seats are heated and, again, all of these functions are just the touch of a button away.

You won't have any complaints about the ride, either. The Lexus LS 500h easily sorts out any imperfections in the road, no doubt aided by its air suspension system which helps the body of the vehicle maintain a flatter motion. It does all this, while limiting disruptions in the cabin, regardless of what is happening on the road's surface.

It is the type of ride you want in a vehicle like this.

Picture not described

How safe is the LS 500h?

Fitted with Lexus comprehensive Safety System+, both you and pedestrians are very well protected. In terms of individual technologies, the LS gets:

  • Pre-collision System with pedestrian and daylight cyclist protection
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Autonomous Cruise Control
  • Road Sign Assist
  • Adaptive High Beam
  • Lane Departure Alert with Lane Tracing Assist
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

In addition to the technology above, being an F Sport trim, we had 10 airbags keeping us safe inside. Should the worst be unavoidable, a pop-up pedestrian sensing safety bonnet looks to protect vulnerable road users as much as possible.

Lexus LS500h F Sport in Hunter Valley

The verdict

Whether you are looking at the Lexus LS 500h F Sport to drive or to be chauffeured in, the level of craftsmanship and finish is seriously impressive. It has ample grunt, but is also quite economical and with its handsome styling, manages to turn some heads (although the demographic may be a touch older).

Don't let any preconceived ideas or stereotypes about Lexus fool you, if you look at the value and quality, the LS 500h could well be the pick of the segment.

Note: If you are looking for a vehicle where you won't be in the front for the most part, the LS 500h Sports Luxury takes it even further. Review to come.

Compare some options to finance a Lexus LS500h F Sport

1 - 15 of 15
Name Interest Rate (p.a.) Comp. Rate (p.a.) Application Fee Monthly Fee Monthly Repayment
OurMoneyMarket New Car Loan
OurMoneyMarket logo
Fixed1 - 7 Years $2,001 - $75,000
Interest Rate (p.a.)
6.57%
to 18.99%
Comp. Rate (p.a.)
7.19%
to 21.78%
Application Fee
$250
min.
Monthly Fee
$0
Monthly Repayment
Go to siteMore Info
loans.com.au - New - Variable Rate Special
loans.com.au logo
Variable3 - 7 Years $5,000 - $150,000
Interest Rate (p.a.)
6.24%
to 7.74%
Comp. Rate (p.a.)
7.36%
to 8.85%
Application Fee
$400
Monthly Fee
$8
Monthly Repayment
Go to siteMore Info
Stratton Finance New Car Loan
Stratton Finance logo
Fixed1 - 7 Years $10,000 - $300,000
Interest Rate (p.a.)
6.52%
to 18%
Comp. Rate (p.a.)
6.95%
to 23%
Application Fee
$395
Monthly Fee
$0
Monthly Repayment
Go to siteMore Info
You'll receive a fixed rate from 6.52% p.a. depending on the lender you are approved with.
Apply for up to $300,000 and use cash or trade in a vehicle to use as a deposit. Optional balloon payment available.
Verified Lending Used Car Loan
Verified Lending logo
Fixed1 - 7 Years $10,000 - $200,000
Interest Rate (p.a.)
7.1%
to 18.99%
Comp. Rate (p.a.)
8.06%
to 22.99%
Application Fee
$395
Monthly Fee
$0
Monthly Repayment
More Info
Simplify New Car Loan
Simplify Finance logo
Fixed1 - 7 Years $10,000 - $300,000
Interest Rate (p.a.)
6.19%
to 18%
Comp. Rate (p.a.)
6.6%
to 23%
Application Fee
$395
Monthly Fee
$0
Monthly Repayment
Go to siteMore Info
Credit Concierge New Car Loan
Credit Concierge logo
Fixed1 - 7 Years $10,000 - $100,000
Interest Rate (p.a.)
6.29%
to 16.45%
Comp. Rate (p.a.)
7.41%
to 17.91%
Application Fee
$553
Monthly Fee
$10
Monthly Repayment
Go to siteMore Info
RACV New Car Loans
RACV logo
Fixed1 - 7 Years $5,000 - $150,000
Interest Rate (p.a.)
7.29%
to 16.99%
Comp. Rate (p.a.)
8%
to 17.77%
Application Fee
$499
Monthly Fee
$0
Monthly Repayment
Go to siteMore Info
You'll receive a fixed rate from 7.29% p.a.
A larger loan of $5,000 or more to help you buy a new or used car. 5-hour pre approval available and no ongoing fees.
NRMA New Car Loan
NRMA logo
Fixed1 - 7 Years $5,000 - $130,000
Interest Rate (p.a.)
7.29%
to 16.99%
Comp. Rate (p.a.)
8%
to 17.77%
Application Fee
$499
Monthly Fee
$0
Monthly Repayment
More Info
Note: Take out a loan for an eligible electric vehicle and receive a 1.5% discount on your personalised interest rate (interest rates start from 5.79% p.a. and comparison rates from 6.49% p.a.)
Credit Concierge Used Car Loan
Credit Concierge logo
Fixed1 - 7 Years $10,000 - $1,000,000
Interest Rate (p.a.)
6.8%
to 17.45%
Comp. Rate (p.a.)
7.56%
to 18.91%
Application Fee
$553
Monthly Fee
$10
Monthly Repayment
Go to siteMore Info
OurMoneyMarket Used Car Loan - No Vehicle Age Limit
OurMoneyMarket logo
Fixed1 - 7 Years $2,001 - $75,000
Interest Rate (p.a.)
6.57%
to 18.99%
Comp. Rate (p.a.)
7.19%
to 21.78%
Application Fee
$250
min.
Monthly Fee
$0
Monthly Repayment
Go to siteMore Info
NRMA Used Car Loan
NRMA logo
Fixed1 - 7 Years $5,000 - $130,000
Interest Rate (p.a.)
8.49%
to 16.99%
Comp. Rate (p.a.)
9.21%
to 17.77%
Application Fee
$499
Monthly Fee
$0
Monthly Repayment
More Info
You'll receive a fixed rate from 8.49% p.a.
Finance a used car with NRMA and benefit from a fixed rate term and no monthly fees. Pre-approval available within 5 business hours.
Stratton Finance Used Car Loan
Stratton Finance logo
Fixed1 - 7 Years $10,000 - $300,000
Interest Rate (p.a.)
6.52%
to 18%
Comp. Rate (p.a.)
6.95%
to 23%
Application Fee
$395
Monthly Fee
$0
Monthly Repayment
Go to siteMore Info
You'll receive a fixed rate loan from 6.52% p.a. with a comparison rate of 6.95% p.a.
A used car loan of up to $300,000 with quick approval times and balloon payment options.
Simplify Used Car Loan
Simplify Finance logo
Fixed1 - 7 Years $10,000 - $300,000
Interest Rate (p.a.)
6.19%
to 18%
Comp. Rate (p.a.)
6.6%
to 23%
Application Fee
$395
Monthly Fee
$0
Monthly Repayment
Go to siteMore Info
loans.com.au - Variable Rate Used Car < 5 years
loans.com.au logo
Variable3 - 7 Years $5,000 - $150,000
Interest Rate (p.a.)
7.74%
to 7.74%
Comp. Rate (p.a.)
8.85%
to 8.99%
Application Fee
$400
Monthly Fee
$8
Monthly Repayment
Go to siteMore Info
RACV Used Car Loans
RACV logo
Fixed1 - 7 Years $5,000 - $150,000
Interest Rate (p.a.)
8.49%
to 16.99%
Comp. Rate (p.a.)
9.21%
to 17.77%
Application Fee
$499
Monthly Fee
$0
Monthly Repayment
Go to siteMore Info
You'll receive a fixed rate from 8.49% p.a.
Benefit from no ongoing fees, 5-hour approval and a 21-day satisfaction guarantee. Interest rate discounts for members.
loading
Showing 15 of 15 results

Compare car insurance products side-by-side and get quotes

Name Product Roadside assistance Accidental damage Storm Choice of repairer Agreed or Market Value
Youi Comprehensive
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: The 2023 winner of our Best Features Car Insurance award. Plus, it's one of the only insurers to automatically include roadside assistance.

Who it might be good for: Those who want good customer service with lots of inclusions.
Bingle Comprehensive
Market
Finder's summary: Our data shows it’s the cheapest comprehensive policy. It just covers the basics such as damage to your car, theft and storms – it doesn’t go in for add-ons and extras.

Who it might be good for: Those wanting a low-cost, no-frills policy.
Budget Direct Comprehensive
Optional
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: The 2024 winner of our Best Value Car Insurance award. It's cheaper than most, plus you can lower costs by adding age restrictions.

⭐ Current offer: 15% off your first year's premium when you take out a policy online. T&Cs apply.

Who it might be good for: Anyone who wants a good value policy.
Qantas Comprehensive
Optional
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: You need car insurance so why not get one that lets you earn Qantas Points? It's good value too (it's underwritten by the same insurer as Budget Direct).

⭐ Current offer: Earn up to 30,000 Qantas Points with every car insured by 30 September. Plus save 15% on your 1st year’s premium when you purchase online. T&Cs apply.

Who it might be good for: People who want more bang for their buck with Qantas Points.
Australia Post Comprehensive
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: Covers a little more than other insurers. You don’t need to pay an excess for windscreen repairs and cover applies to anyone who uses your car.

⭐ Current offer: Get $75 off your first year's comprehensive car insurance premium when you buy online. T&Cs apply.

Who it might be good for: Multiple people using one car.
ROLLiN' Comprehensive
Agreed
Finder's summary: One of the most cost-effective insurers for under 25s, according to Finder research, with no aged-based excess.

Who it might be good for: Young drivers looking to keep costs down and anyone who’d like to get more flexibility from their car insurance.
QBE Comprehensive
Green Company
QBE Comprehensive
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: Our best-rated Car Insurer for Customer Satisfaction in 2021/2022 and Green Insurer for the last 3 years.

⭐ Current offer: Save $75 when you purchase a new comprehensive policy online. T&Cs apply.

Who it might be good for: Those who want a trustworthy insurer and more cover than other brands, such as 3-year new car replacement (e.g. they'll give you money for a new car for up to 3 years if yours is written off).
Kogan Comprehensive
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: Kogan comes with all the perks that most comprehensive car insurance policies include, but you'll also be entitled to some benefits from its online store. This usually comes in the form of a gift voucher or discount if you buy online.

⭐ Current offer: Get $80 off first year premiums when you purchase Kogan Comprehensive Car Insurance online + $10 monthly kogan.com credit. T&Cs apply.

Who it might be good for: Kogan shoppers and those after a good range of policy options.
loading

Want to read more car reviews? Check out our car reviews section, or, if you already know what you are after, it might be worth comparing car loan options as well as car insurance to see how much you could save.

Alex Jeffs's headshot
Written by

Publisher

Alex Jeffs is the senior publisher for personal, car and business finance at Finder. He has been building websites since he was 14 years old and has tested cars everywhere from race tracks to Oodnadatta. See full bio

More guides on Finder Shopping

  • Peugeot 2008 & e-2008 Review

    The Peugeot 2008 and its electric sibling, the e-2008 are essentially the same car but with two different propulsion methods.

  • 2021 Abarth 595 Competizione Review

    I bet you haven’t seen many of these on the road before – it’s an Abarth 595 Competizione.

  • 2022 Kia Cerato Sport+ hatch review

    Kia's facelifted 2022 Cerato offers an enticing package on paper and makes for a great city commuter, but it's let down by an unenthusiastic engine.

  • 2022 Kia Cerato GT Review (Hatch)

    The Kia Cerato was the first vehicle to come off the assembly line flashing the brand's new logo, a signal of the car maker’s shift towards promoting sustainable mobility.

  • 2022 Genesis G70 Review

    A true quiet achiever, the Genesis G70 3.3T is a bargain if you’re willing to give it a chance.

  • Tesla Model S Review

    Compare expert reviews of the Tesla Model S

  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid Review

    We really liked the combustion-engine-only XC40 when we drove it earlier in the year, so how does this plug-in hybrid compare considering you do pay a premium for the Recharge version?

  • 2019 Genesis G80 review

    In the market for a roomy, luxury sedan? The new kid on the block, Genesis, is looking to put the Germans on notice with the 2019 G80.

  • Genesis G70 2.0T: hands-on review

    Owners get complimentary scheduled servicing up to 50,00km, a car collection and courtesy drop-off service, plus roadside assistance and mapping updates for five years, among other things.

  • Hyundai i30N: Hands-on review

    In the market for a hot hatch? The Hyundai i30N may be worth adding to your shortlist.

Go to site