The GS nameplate is immediately associated with comfort and class. The baby in the range, however, is certainly geared more towards comfort. The cabin is fitted with plush materials, a huge media-interface screen and loads of driver and passenger space.
But entry into this kind of luxury at such an affordable price has a fee and that fee is horsepower. Yes, despite its mean and muscular fascia, with a large spindle grille and massive air intakes, this ‘baby’ GS is only equipped with a 2.5-litre V6 petrol engine.
Don’t get me wrong, with it’s fair amount of power - 154kW of power and 253Nm of torque on tap - it can get going, but it is almost 100kW down on the GS 350, which you can feel.
It’s a bit sluggish out the gate, particularly when you want it to giddy-up, but it does have a naughty exhaust groan, as if to say, “I’ll get there when I get there.”
If you want a GS that’s more performance-based, get the GS 350. If you want to be green, get the GS 450h and for those who want to take a leisurely stroll in complete comfort, the GS 250 is perfect.