AS THE only hybrid in this field of just six, it’s little surprise that the Lexus ES 300h Luxury tops the environment score and boasts an equal-class-leading fuel consumption score. It also has the best running and repair costs and standard features scores. Among the latter equipment, tick the boxes for 10 airbags, a reversing camera and sensors, leather-appointed interior, satellite navigation, powered and heated front seats, sunroof, rear blind and smart key entry/start. However, this entry- level model to the 300h range misses out on a pre-collision safety system, autonomous braking and radar cruise control – all of which are standard on other ES models. Build and finish quality is the equal of the Genesis, though it lacks the ‘nth’ degree of refinement and quality for which we have come to expect of Lexus cars. Smoothness and quietness and ride quality don’t disappoint, although it couldn’t match the other finalists for seating comfort or space. Performance of the 2.5-litre, in-line four-cylinder petrol engine coupled with an electric motor – lifted from the Hybrid Camry – is arguably adequate at best. And as such, putting its green credentials aside, there are several more accomplished cars for the same money around.