We are proud to present you our latest additions to the Fleet: The Lexus LS 460 and the Škoda Octavia!
Lexus LS 460
The V-8 engine is one of the smoothest and best isolated of any vehicle, and it has plenty of torque to move the LS 460 with authority.
Front seats are ample and comfortable, though not as supportive as they could be, but a very wide center console makes the area feel unexpectedly narrow. In back, there’s adequate room even for tall and lanky adults with the LS 460. And with either the standard or the available air suspension, the ride is glassy-smooth and absorbent. The interior is quite attractive in its simplicity, with a two-tiered dash and contrasting materials that are soft to the touch. The only downside is that some of the switchgear mimics that used in much cheaper Lexus models. Inside and out, the 2009 Lexus LS 460 is very conservatively styled. With an organic and elegant L-finesse design language that doesn’t rely on gimmicky details, the LS will likely age well.
The 2009 Lexus LS 460 has a multilayered list of safety features, including standard front side airbags, dual front knee bags, and full-length side-curtain bags, plus available rear-seat side airbags. Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management, a more advanced version of electronic stability control, is standard, and an available Pre-Collision System (PCS) works with the laser cruise control to prepare vehicle safety systems if it anticipates a collision. The LS 460 has not yet been crash-tested by the federal government. The insurance industry rates the LS 460 “good” in its frontal offset test, but it earns only a “marginal” rating in the IIHS seat-based rear-impact test.
The mid-sized Octavia was one of the first models to be launched and remains the brand’s main weapon with a large range of models, including hatchback and wagon body styles, a number of petrol and diesel engine options, and various transmissions.
It isn’t particularly stylish, but in today’s terms when all cars look alike, the Octavia could be said to stand out with its more traditional grille. Get past the looks and you find a practical, roomy and well-equipped car that does everything without fuss.
The Octavia is based on the VW Golf, which ensures it has a European feel about it. There’s a wide choice of petrol and diesel engines, they’re all VW units, and they all perform strongly while delivering decent fuel economy.
Backing them up is a range of manual and auto transmissions, including the much-maligned dual-clutch DSG auto. Inside, the Octavia is neatly laid-out with room enough for four adults in comfort, or five at a squeeze. Thick pillars can create blind spots for the driver, and the cabin noise level tends to be a little higher than you might expect for a car in this class.