Design a car with grand touring pretensions and you’d better get the cabin right. Fortunately, Lexus has done just that here.

The driving position is reassuringly low and the scuttle high. The nature of the wraparound dashboard, with its sheer face and substantial ledge, enhances the feeling that you’re sitting in a long-legged performance car.

Matt Saunders Autocar

Matt Saunders

Road test editor
With the dampers set to Comfort, I could put up with the ride as payback for LC’s looks and handling. I’d much rather have normal rubber and free roadside recovery, though

We’d like a little more reach in the steering column adjustment and paddles that don’t feel so plastic (or so woolly in their action) but those are small misgivings about what is otherwise an excellent environment in which to get to work.

The sports seats that come with the Sport and Sport+ packs also feature additional bolstering – as much as you’ll ever need, given the chassis’ limited grip.

You don’t have to spend long in this cabin to get the feeling it’s over-engineered, from the thick contrast stitching to the electric motor that operates the glovebox release.

Factor in the car’s unusual character – the asymmetric door cards, for instance, are cloaked in furrowed Alcantara, out of which door handles sprout like talons – and you have a setting that will feel reassuringly familiar but perhaps enjoyably refreshing to anyone who is more au fait with the likes of the Porsche 911 or the BMW 6 Series.

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Like the 911, the LC ticks the box for providing rear seats. Also like the 911, they’re all but useless for adults, especially if the occupant ahead is anywhere approaching 6ft tall. In the front, space is adequate, the wide transmission tunnel housing the gear selector and Remote Touch Interface touchpad that operates an irksome infotainment set-up.

The LC’s infotainment system uses a 10.3in widescreen operated by a mixture of physical buttons and a touchpad sited on the transmission tunnel.

It is by far and away our least favourite aspect of this car. It has all the usual features — smartphone connectivity, DAB radio, sat-nav, climate control and so on — but it makes the process of accessing them frustratingly unintuitive.

The touchpad is largely to blame for this, the cursor jumping around frenetically, but the layers of menus are also unfathomable. Indeed, an ill-advised attempt to cancel route guidance almost reduced one road tester to tears.

The 8.0 TFT display in the instrument binnacle is usefully clear, though, and features a sliding ring, in which sits another TFT screen, to present additional information.

Switching between the car’s driving modes – there are five, from Eco to Sport+ – is done via a rotary control curiously mounted on the side of the instrument binnacle.

This set-up isn’t as ergonomically pleasing as Lexus would have you think, although having the option of moving the large rev counter into the centre of the TFT instrument binnacle – and just a fraction below eye level – is a nice touch. 

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