Interesting day today - back to Lexus to see the GS450h and to see another car. This second car is so awesome, I darent even speak its name until a bit later. So, the Lexus GS450h is loaded with toys to play with. As standard, before you even hit the option list, it comes with heated and air conditioned seats, 16 way adjustable too, with zone control so the car detects who is in the car and only applies either heat or air con to those zones to be more efficient. Lexus is electric seats, (3 way memory controlled), electric and heated steering wheel, automatic handbrake (there is no handbrake you can operate, and no button - its fully automatic so handbrake turns are completely impossible), hill start technology, adaptive cruise control, auto wipers, auto headlights, collision detection with auto brakes, blind spot mirror sensors, 16 speaker sound system with 7.1 surround, air bags absolutely everywhere, rear view parking sensors and cameras etc. Everything is dampened so all cubby holes open and close with complete serenity. Speaking of which, the soft close fully auto windows all round are brilliant. They are incredibly quiet and I like how as they are just about to close, they slow down and silently shut. No thuds. Doors and boot close with a solid thud, no tinnyness anywhere. A picture of the one I sat in today Best of all, its Japanese, built there and shipped over. 3.0 V6 puts out, combined with the hybrid engine, 343bhp, 0-60 in 5.9 secs and a top end of 155mph. So far, that meets the german competitors. Its about 2 inches longer than the accord, but the width is about the same. Inside, every single bit of panelling is covered in lovely leather, real leather, and the stitching is lovely. The dashboard is incredibly soft to touch and is also covered in some leather type material too. So far, so good. Oh, the 12.3 inch infotainment screen is fantastic too. Started her up (I think) and it was silent. Glided out of the dealership on electric power only and got her warmed up then floored it. She accelerated lovely, not as quick as some cars I drive as there is a slight hesitation when suddenly going from electric to petrol, akin to say turbo lag, but that 0-60 was pretty accurate, and also even has a litte burble from the V6 although you can tell they have done a lot to keep it quiet. The thing that struck me the most was how quiet this thing was, at high speeds, you could easily hold a conversation at a bit over a whisper. I may also have accidentally slapped a golf back in its place whilst I was testing out the acceleration I really really liked it. Its much more comfortable than the 9th Generation Accord I drove in Australia but also moved it when you poked it with a stick. I would however go for the F Sport model which has 19" alloys and a nice body kit as shown in the picture below. Onto the next car, the awesome one that I will only risk whispering its name. Audi Decided to see what the fuss was all about, why the press is constantly saying how amazing Audi, BMW and merc are, I drive a lot of different cars, but an Audi has never been one of them for a long time. Sat in an A5 to compare the quality. This was a 6 month old car with 3000 miles on the clock - a 2.0 ltr TSFI. The seats were kind of nice and the interior wasnt bad either. This is the nicest thing I can say about the Audi. Didnt come even remotely close to the Lexus though. Chatted to the sales rep and asked about what toys the Audi had (bear in mind, its 6 months old), he said, oh, heated seats and rear parking sensors. Ok, has it got adaptive cruise control? No. Rear camera? No. Collission mitigation? No. Automatic wipers? No. Blind spot monitoring? No. and so we kept going. They are all options, but you will pay for them, the Lexus had them all as standard, plus more. The Audi was 211 BHP and I never drove it. Sales rep banged on about Audi is the premium leading brand of prestige. I almost threw up. Lexus trounced the Audi, alot more comfortable inside, oh, and the windows in the Audi whined and moaned as they operated - in the Lexus, you couldn't even hear them operating. Japanese engineering wins yet again. Audi, get back in that hole that you deserve to live in. I didnt see anything about Audi today that would make me even consider purchasing one. Is the Lexus a decent replacement for the Accord at the end of the year? Most definetely. Honda, you could build a car just like this if not better.