In terms of how it drives? Cumbersome would be the most suitable word. Worse still, if you’re on the lookout for good ride quality, you’ll need to go for the range-topping model, as it comes with air suspension that just about matches the Audi for smoothness.
In terms of the engines, the hybrid model is the only one available. It combines an electric motor with a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine which is fairly quiet and which covers the 0-62 dash in just 5.4 seconds if you specify four-wheel-drive.
However, despite developing a meaty 354bhp, it doesn’t have as much pulling power as anyone would like. And when you do unleash its full power, it unleashes a rather uncultured growl.
Running costs? If you go for the full-fat, four-wheel-drive version (and Lexus reckons most of us will), you’ll be looking at returns of just under 40mpg. That doesn’t compare too well with its rivals, while emissions stand at 161g/km of CO2.
Inside is where a lot of the Lexus’ strengths lie. It’s quiet, active-noise-cancelling tech is standard, and the seats help with comfort.
It’s gorgeously put together too, with Lexus sparing no thought for money as they splashed out on top-notch materials that look and feel good. If you want the last word in luxury, you can get the likes of cut glass-inspired inserts and hand-pleated fabric as part of the £7,600 decoration pack.
Is the Lexus LS Saloon practical? Its boot is the biggest disappointment, as it measures just 430-litres. That’s way off the Audi and the rest of its competitors.
That aside, there’s plenty of space available. Headroom is excellent thanks to the curvaceous roofline, while the Premier model treats your rear seated passengers well with its massage and heating functions.
But perhaps the most impractical thing about the Lexus is its sheer size that will make it awkward to drive in the city.
Audi – £71,000 – £74,995
Lexus – £71,624 +