Lexus ES 300h: significantly revised for 2022

Lexus ES 300h

The Lexus ES 300h luxury mid-size saloon has been revised for 2022 with the introduction of new handling, styling, safety and specification features, reinforcing its performance and appeal. The new ES is on sale now with a line-up that continues to include generously specified models at on-the-road prices below the £40,000 threshold for luxury car tax rates.

Lexus ES 300h: exterior and chassis changes for 2022

The new ES retains its familiar elegant lines, with exterior changes focusing on the front end, where the spindle grille has a new look with fewer vertical bars and the introduction of new L-shaped motifs (the dedicated grille design for the F Sport model is unchanged). Slimmer LED headlights are introduced for both the single-eye units with automatic high beam activation and new three-eye units (see below) with the BladeScan Adaptive High-beam System.

Lexus ES 300h

The Lexus ES 300h was the first model in the UK to offer Digital Side View Monitors in place of conventional door mirrors. Available as an option on the Takumi grade, these have now been revised to ensure clearer images are shown in poor light conditions to offer improved definition between light and shade.

New alloy wheel designs feature across the board, while behind these changes have been applied to the suspension to deliver better dynamic performance, responsiveness and ride comfort. Braces in the rear trailing wishbone system now have higher rigidity and greater torsional strength thanks to a new dual-sheet structure, resulting in linear response that is more closely aligned with the driver’s intentions, such as when making high-speed motorway lane changes.

Lexus ES 300h

The adaptive suspension featured on F Sport models benefits from a new actuator and changes to the internals that together expand the range of damping force, improving the car’s response, stability and ride comfort, with more linear steering and suspension feel.

Interior and safety changes for 2022

Related to the chassis improvements, the level of detail invested in achieving the best overall results in the Lexus ES 300h extends to changing the shape of the brake pedal pad to create a larger, more controllable contact area for the driver’s foot. Steps have been taken to reduce any vibrations felt when the pedal is depressed, while the control parameters of the electronic braking system have also been revised.

In the cabin there are new Dark Brown and Sumi Black walnut trim insert options and a Forest Brown upholstery choice, available across the Tahara man-made leather, smooth leather and semi-aniline leather options. For the Lexus ES 300h F Sport, there is a new White Tahara option (see above) with contrasting black sections across the bolsters, seatback and squab.

The ES’s multimedia system has been upgraded with a new 12.3-inch touchscreen, which now allows direct touch operation as well as via the Remote Touch Interface track pad or voice control. All models equipped with Lexus Navigation now feature the new touchscreen.

Lexus ES 300h interior

Now standard across the entire range, however, is the latest Lexus Safety System+ which benefits from new and improved functions. Its radar and camera sensors can now detect pedestrians, cyclists and traffic approaching from the side. Extra assistance is also now provided through the steering when the system detects a sudden safety manoeuvre, while simultaneously keeping the car stable and in its traffic lane. Similarly, in normal driving conditions, artificial intelligence technologies have been applied to improve lane discipline and manage cornering speed when using the vehicle’s dynamic cruise control system.

Lexus ES 300h

2022 Lexus ES 300h overview

MODEL KEY FEATURES STARTING PRICE 
ES 17-inch alloy wheels, Lexus Safety System+, eight-way electrically adjustable front seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, eight-inch touchscreen display, reversing camera, sunroof, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert with automatic braking £38,755 
ES Premium Edition 18-inch alloy wheels, Lexus Safety System+, Lexus premium navigation, 12.3-inch touchscreen multimedia display, wireless smartphone charger, three-spoke leather trimmed steering wheel, stainless steel scuff plates with Lexus inscription, privacy glass, rain sensing wipers £39,255 
ES F Sport 19-inch F Sport alloy wheels, Lexus Safety System+, F Sport exterior styling (black spindle grille, enhanced side rockers, metallic coated front bumper, F Sport badges, black door mirror covers), selectable drive modes (Eco, Normal, Custom, Sport S and Sport+), adaptive variable suspension, auto folding and tilting door mirrors with memory function £40,920 
ES Takumi 18-inch alloy wheels, semi-aniline leather upholstery, Lexus Safety System+, 360-degree panoramic view monitor, 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system with PurePlay, head-up display, three-eye LED headlights with adaptive high beam system, powered boot operation with kick sensor, blind spot monitor £52,305 
Various option packs are available to enhance ES, Premium Edition and F Sport models. Please see your Lexus retailer for more information. Prices correct as of February 2022

63 comments

  1. I’m looking to replace my very old Toyota Avensis Tourer. The ES looks a very nice car but I shall be looking for an estate.
    Does Lexus make an estate?

    1. Hello Keith,
      Thank you for contacting Lexus.
      Currently, we do not make an Estate vehicle.
      However, we have a wide range of SUVs and the ES which we are sure would not disappoint.
      Please let us know if you have any further questions.
      Thanks.

  2. I would love to know if and or when the Lexus LF-SA will be built and if so what engine will it have fitted or will it be an EV.
    The LF-SA is eagerly awaited please build this wonderful Car.

  3. Ian looking to change my Macan for a less expensive to run vehicle.
    Is there an online brochure for the ES?

  4. Can’t wait. F Sport on order slipped from Jan to March then to April but now back to March.
    Love all 3 previous models but the ES in my option takes some beating .
    Agi is a great Saleswomen and gives out no bull.

  5. I have been lucky enough to have one of the first ES300h models delivered last month. I really am delighted by the car with the upgrades all definitely offering improvements over the previous models, particularly the excellent touch screen for navigation and information. I am astonished by the fuel consumption figures which can reach 55mpg if I try. But even if I don’t try 53 mpg is easily achieved. Quiet, smooth and sophisticated with outstanding levels of included equipment.
    But all of this is seriously detracted from by the lack of a proper owners manual. Instead their is a quick guide type booklet which is really illogically set out with the owner directed to access more than 700 pages of detailed information provided in an online owners manual and an online owners navigation manual. It is true that I could read all this on my computer but I need something which I can read in the car so I can apply the incredible amount of information or options available (and which I have paid for) effectively and safely. The books are full of safety information so I am surprised that the arrangements meet consumer protection requirements. And it is irritating that the downloadable books are in printed book format with two columns of script requiring continuous top to bottom scrolling to read them. If we have to have e information at least use an e format!
    I am sure someone sees this as a saving for the environment. I fail to see how every owner having to print 700 pages of information creates any saving but is real savings are to be made then Lexus could look elsewhere such as the environmental implcations of their showroom footprint.
    So great Car! …..But really disappointing that the ‘anticipating every customers wishes in advance’ can’t anticipate such an obvious need. Please send me the handbooks I require?

    1. Hello Adrian,
      Congratulations on your new ES 300h.
      In regards to obtaining your handbooks, we would recommend discussing this with your Lexus Centre.
      They will be best placed to provide a solution for this situation.
      Thanks.

  6. Hello, two questions please.

    Will you confirm when the ES battery will be upgraded from Nickel-Metal hydride to Lithium-Ion?. Will you introduce a DCT type gearbox to the ES, to replace the CVT currently fitted?.

    Thank you.

  7. Ordered my new 2022 ES FSport – Azure Blue with the white/aluminium interior, replacing my 2019 ES FSport to take advantage of the new features as outlined above plus the used car market prices made the deal definitely possible!

    1. Hello Dave,
      Thank you for your order, great colour choice.
      Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can assist you with anything.
      Thanks.

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