Picture the scene. It’s a sunny Sunday in a well-to-do country pub.
The car park is full of Range Rover Sports, BMW X5s and Jaguars. Someone has even landed their personal helicopter on a nearby field.
But the car that turned heads was the one no one could probably name.
The Lexus ES F Sport may not be the most memorable vehicle moniker, but the polished bright blue car made a few people lift up their sun glasses while eating a £8 posh Scotch Egg.
Yes, the F Sport is striking. Unlike nothing else really in the market – and that’s no bad thing.
I’ve driven a few Lexus in the past year or so and the dashboard layout wasn’t as slick on the ES F Sport.
The all important dial to change to sport mode was way at the top of the console and not as central to design as it should be.
Also my love/hate affair with the interface continued.
It’s always a little daunting at first with the finger tracking computer which works like a laptop.
It’s distracting as you’re trying to drive at any sort of speed – especially if you misjudge the sat nav and type in the wrong address.
It darted towards the places I did not need it while I was trying to keep my eyes on the road. It’s a shame when pulling up key things like a sat nav or the radio becomes a two man job.
You also need the wingspan of an albatross to pull in the passenger door at full stretch, something my pint-sized dad struggled with a few times.
But they are mere blemishes.
The car looks nice, is full of toys, handles well on the road and is very fuel efficient.
I went back home to Wales and back again to London on one tank of fuel as the load was shared between two engines.
Look, I wasn’t really revving it, this Lexus lends itself more to a refined, smooth drive.
Anything at low speed is on the electric motor, which recharges at low revs. When you put the pedal down the petrol engine kicks in, delivering power when you need it.
The 2.5ltr engine may only have a top speed of 112mph and deliver 215bhp but it didn’t feel underpowered – especially when you eventually found the knob and changed up to sport mode.
It’s sharp, loads of room for passengers and luggage in a decent boot.
It’s also much cheaper than the rivals with a decent spec setting you back £38,000.
That’s around £650,000 cheaper than a small helicopter – and it’ll turn just as many heads in a country pub.
Combined MPG: 48-53mpg
0-62mph: 8.9 seconds