The Lexus LC’s interior looks brilliant and feels like a million dollars – even the frankly awful infotainment system and haphazard dashboard layout can’t dampen your enthusiasm
If there’s a part of the interior that isn’t covered in leather then you’ll struggle to find it. Doors padded in flowing suede – complete with sculpted interior handles – drive home the feeling that you’re in something special and even the minor buttons are made from cold-to-the-touch metal.
Unfortunately, the unique design does have some drawbacks – such as knowing exactly how everything works. Even simple things, like adjusting the car’s ventilation system or tuning the radio, require a degree of fiddling that isn’t needed in the more intuitive Mercedes or Audi alternatives.
The Lexus’ infotainment will drive you round the bend quicker than Sport Plus models’ clever four-wheel steering
The biggest endorsement you can give to the Lexus’ interior is that it’s special enough for you to forgive its terrible infotainment system.
Its 10.3-inch display isn’t as crisp or as clear as the one you’ll find in a BMW or Mercedes – and there’s no option for Google Earth’s beautifully detailed maps, like you get in an Audi – but the real problem is the infuriating touchpad control system.
It’s so sensitive that guiding the screen cursor accurately is hard when you’re parked and almost impossible when you’re driving. Its fate as a useless system is sealed by the feedback that is supposed emulate pressing physical buttons, but actually bounces your finger off the button you’re attempting to press.
Eventually, you give up – sticking your phone in the conveniently placed cupholder and using its sat-nav instead. Sadly, it’s at exactly this point you curse the lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which would allow you to project your phone’s maps onto the car’s big screen.
The £1,000 915W, 13-speaker Mark Levinson provides a brilliant, if costly, way to take your mind off these drawbacks. It produces crystal clear sound and enough distortion-free bass to keep even the most seasoned of hip hop fans happy.