First, the exterior is visually arresting, especially the spindle grille, with a design that is both beautiful and unique. The car is full of creases and curves which, in some areas like the spoiler around the boot lid, look a bit weird - but wonderful.
As I approach the car, the door handles illuminate, along with the inner lighting, revealing the cream-and-brown leather interior. It might seem like a small thing but it is this attention to detail and sense of luxury that sums up the ES 300h.
Then there is the list of standard features that would make its German rivals green with envy. It includes 17-inch alloy wheels; LED lighting for headlights, rear lights, daytime running lights and fog lights; sunroof; heated mirrors as well as keyless entry and ignition. There are standard creature comforts such as the dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way electrically adjustable front seats and rear-view camera.