The last time I was offered a massage in a car was on a morose, slate grey night in downtown Birkenhead. I had popped into the Co-0p for some groceries and emerged to find a bedgraggled creature occupying the front passenger seat. The hag had smeared lipstick, a pasty face with haunted eyes and a skirt rolling above her bony, white thighs. She looked more like  a corpse than an alluring lady of the night so I kindly declined the offer to replenish her leccy meter. At the other end of the spectrum the Lexus LS 6ooh provides a hands free Shiatsu massage which you can enjoy in the rear seats while watching a DVD.  On the other hand if you need to work check out the neat little coffee table/writing desk. In fact, the environment is more akin to a gentleman’s club with an abundance of the finest leather and wood, the nifty mod cons and even a handstitched dashboard. The LS 600h was in fact the first performance hybrid back in 2007 and continues to be the flagship marque. That means despite having a 5 litre V8 under the bonnet it glides along like a sub on a secret mission in electric mode.  Performance is assured, delivering 0-62 in 5.5 seconds although cornering at pace can be sluggish. Lexus may not match Audi or BMW in some respects but it still enjoys the last word in luxury.

Engine 5 litre V8

0-62  5.5 seconds

Combined mpg 28

199 g/km

OTR  £89,000 +Sporty Lexus




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