PERFORMANCE OF 2018 LEXUS ES 300H HYBRID ELECTRIC
The Lexus ES 300h is a very safe car to say the least. It
comes with 10 SRS airbags. That is a great reassurance by itself. Since it is a
hybrid, it means it combines the strengths and advantages of a gasoline engine
and a nickel-metal hydride battery. No, this is not a mild hybrid with a
start-stop function but a full blown one that smartly combines the power of the
two sources to give a perfect carbon footprint for Lexus to be proud of. While
the top end hybrids in the Lexus range have lithium-ion, here it is
nickel-metal hydride battery which is placed now under the rear seats. In the
earlier versions of this car, the battery was in the boot area, compromising on
Well, once you are seated on the driver’s seat and are
ready to move, you are delighted to see the MM screen all light up the moment
you press the start button, welcoming you with the Lexus sign. Now if you want
to start your journey on a green foot, then all you have to do is to depress
the EV button. Provided the battery is charged at least 50 percent, you can
silently drive out. This feature is to be used when you are moving out from
your garage or you are getting out or getting into your neighbourhood at night.
The silent battery run car will not disturb anybody.
But even if you are not on EV mode, the car starts on the
battery mode and is silent. It’s when you push that accelerator that the IC
engine takes over and propels you further. From there on it’s a constant switch
of battery charging and battery assistance. In fact, it’s fascinating to watch
on the MM screen, the Energy Monitor display. It’s so cool. You feel as though
you are really contributing a wee bit to the Green Earth.
Green does not mean that you need to compromise on
performance. Nay! The three modes of driving – Eco, Normal and Sport—allow you
to choose your driving style. You want to feel the power of speed, then it is
the Sport mode that you need to choose. The TFT screen displays a reddish tinge,
signifying aggressiveness. Step on the accelerator and you can hear the engine
screaming as it beings to devour the distances in a hurry.
The car handles well and at corners you can feel it
behaving in a balanced way. The braking too is perfect. Because of the special
glasses all around and the additional insulation that this new model has got on
its floorboard chassis, road noise too is limited. The suspension is on the
softer side, making city driving so very comfortable.
This new Lexus ES 300h is pitted against the likes of the
Audi A6, the BMW 5 series, the Mercedes E Class and the Volvo S90. Going by
what competition has to offer, this Lexus car has a clear cut advantage. It is
not only stylish, comfortable and strong on performance, but it is also one
green step ahead of the others!