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Lexus LS600h L - Communication

By Jeremy Laird



A fully featured, handsfree Bluetooth telephony interface is what you would expect from a car of this stature. And that's nearly what you get. In practice, the pairing process with a mobile handset is fairly straightforward, even if the Bluetooth options are buried rather deep in the system's menu. As ever, results will vary according to the make and model of your phone.

We experienced a number of compatibility issues, both minor and major, with an LG Viewty handset including problems making outgoing calls. More disappointing is the fact that, yet again, telephony is an area where the British LS draws a short straw compared with its North American cousin. Both telephone number input and contact name recognition are off the voice command menu. Only the memory presets can be summoned by speech alone.

Bluetooth aside, the LS is short on networking support, Internet browsing or anything of that nature. High rollers in the back must whip out their own 3G devices if they want to keep in touch with the outside world. Admittedly, in-car Internet access is only just beginning to reach the market. The LS has been on sale in the UK for over 18 months, probably making it one of the very last uber saloons to launch without some kind of Internet access. BMW, for example, is beginning to roll out its ConnectedDrive Internet access technology across its range, allowing full web browsing in some models including, crucially, the latest 7 series. Undoubtedly, lack of Internet connectivity will increasingly become a weak point for the LS, given its target market.


March 26, 2009, 5:47 am

Drove the LS600h at the Lexus Open Road event - was surprised to find the dashboard creaked and buzzed in an 80 grand car. In the end the best thing about the car is that it looks (slightly) less like a barge than the previous model LS.


March 26, 2009, 6:09 am

Unless im mistaken (a fair chance!) this was the car in tonight desperate housewives :p

Aside from the snazzy driver/safety aids the best thing is that flip down screen in the back and all the gubbins that go with it :D

Isaac Sarayiah

March 27, 2009, 1:40 am

why are you doing cars!!! Don't be silly.


March 27, 2009, 5:26 am


That build quality issue surprised me too. I have tried other range variants and whilst ( In a TR context) they were stuffed full of kinds of current 'technologic'. Lexus have kind thrown the baby out with the bath water and largely forgot about the driving experience, for a 'bloated plutocrat' kinda ride comfort

@ Issac Sarayiah

Why not? - the site is Trusted Reviews - no mention of just 'living room' consumer desirables. I applaud the range extension. Providing of course, it /they stay true to the spirit of the site and not a version of Top Gear et al...

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