The car looks more muscular than ever, especially in F-Sport trim, with the big wheels and black aero bits. It's the best looking IS since the awesome original nearly two decades ago and the two cars could not be more different.
The facelift has given the IS a much more purposeful stance, like its European rivals, and there isn't an awkward angle anywhere.
The front end looks more than a little bit like the genuinely stunning LC500 so I haven't a bad word to say about the styling, even if the core of the car remains identical to the previous machine.
The interior could perhaps have have been paid a bit more attention and is largely carried over from the old car, including the annoying ‘Remote Touch’ control pad on the centre console.
The best part of the interior is the new 10.3-inch touchscreen. Clear, crisp and fast, it also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto stretched across its lovely wide screen.
To be fair to the IS's cabin, it has never been a bad one to look at, it just feels a little dated. On the upside, Lexus has been bolting these interiors together for a long time now and it feels granite-solid. As just about every Lexus is.