It's pretty hard to talk about the all-new Lexus IS300h without using the word 'alternative'.
Not alternative as in 'left-field' or 'edgy' or 'your mum wouldn't get it' – it most definitely isn't those things. But alternative as in alternative to a BMW 3-Series. Alternative to an Audi A4. Alternative to what almost everyone else chooses when spending £30k on a compact-ish four-door: a German two-litre diesel.
So it looks a bit different. It's all about peaceful surfaces with distinctive details. At the front, that translates into a big waisted grille and islands of swoosh-LEDs. At the back, the light clusters seem to emerge from a slash in the bodywork.