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Ryan Bubear the Lexus CT 200h F-Sport its paces .

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Let’s not beat the bush. The Lexus CT 200h is a Prius in a swanky suit.

But a wonderfully swanky suit it is.

The at Lexus are well versed in the of premium sedans and SUVs. But with a beady eye on the younger they tried their hands at hatchbackery too. no, not hot hatchbackery, but hybrid hatchbackery.

The CT swipes its hybrid drivetrain the Prius (just like the HSD ), which means it is powered by the 1.8-litre petrol/electric hybrid. A combined power output of is the result, while the petrol brings 142Nm to the table, and the motor weighs in with an 207Nm.

And while the CT 200h may a deliciously sporty appearance, its on the tarmac is not going to worry the GTI owners at all. It tops out at 180km/h and takes over 10 to hit the magical three-figure mark standstill. A boy-racer it clearly is

All about the miles

But, its racy trimmings, it’s not to be a boy-racer in the slightest. With a CO2 figure of just 94g per kilometre, and a fuel economy figure of 4.1 per 100km, efficiency is favoured outright performance. Granted, our best efforts, we couldn’t match the claimed economy, but our figure of 5.1 wasn’t too far off the mark.

considering the fact that we take it on a long, open-road

The CT 200h is available only an electronic constantly variable (e-CVT), which while detracting from the overall experience, does at least do its job fuel-sipping efficiency. Drive it in Eco or Normal mode, and it’s unobtrusive. But give it the beans in mode and it sounds a bit like an hairdryer.

But back to that suit.

the outside, the CT 200h is a thing of It’s one of those cars look far better in the metal on a computer screen, and our Morello Red unit turned more in traffic than a bikini-clad at a science convention, despite the that it was launched a good few back. It’s a hatch but at over 4.3 metres, it’s a long one.

This impression aided by a wraparound on the rear screen gives it a shape.

The fact that we had the F-Sport obviously helped the head-turning, but even the standard S good enough to ask for its hand in Unfortunately, the F-Sport badge translate into more but it does add a handful of tasty as standard. LED daytime running are joined by LED headlights on the F-Sport (a 89 LEDs are used on this exterior), and the lamps also from automatic levelling and

Mouth-watering dark-effect 17-inch and a larger rear spoiler the exterior package.

Inside, the gains sports pedals and a of sports seats, with the featuring an eight-way electric function. Electric lumbar and front seat memory are too. Keyless start that all-important power cruise control and an electro-chromatic mirror add a measure of convenience.

The function standard on both is a one of the better efforts we’ve It features a number of settings and up extremely quickly. Cold, Cape Town drives never been this

The F-Sport can also be ordered something Lexus terms the Package, which includes an sound system, a full-colour HDD system (with voice and a unique yet highly effective touch control), a reversing and automatic windscreen wipers. A is also optional.

The interior has a cockpit feel about it, the driver and front passenger by a raised centre console. The that the small gear is mounted on the lower dash and there is no conventional handbrake (a brake is instead situated the clutch would normally frees up this area. is premium leather everywhere, and the is typically well put together.

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In short, it is a place of luxury and

However, tall passengers not enjoy long trips on the bench. But boot space is a more than reasonable 375 despite the presence of a chunky battery beneath the luggage floor. The loading area is shallow, but overall capacity to a useful 985 litres with the seats folded down.

To the CT 200h’s green theme, a of bio-sourced materials are used in the Chief among them? The charcoal-based resin diaphragm

If that doesn’t impress vegan buddies, nothing

Just like the Prius and HSD, the CT 200h can be driven in electric mode for up to three at speeds of up to 45km/h, provided the battery is fully charged. stealth mode allows the to sneak up on unsuspecting pedestrians in lots, although this was not the manufacturer’s intention. We even to position the car for a quick photoshoot a group of sleeping homeless just metres away completely oblivious.

The seating position is low-slung and the centre of gravity is refreshingly to the ground. In combination with the uprated dampers, this that the Lexus hatch better in the bends that its drivetrain would suggest. The is positively direct, and sharpens up more when in Sport

Over most road the ride is relatively comfortable, but rutted tarmac results in of spinal jarring.

The CT 200h is not as fun to as a Honda CR-Z, for example, but at least partly down to its of a manual gearbox. Besides, far more grown-up than and is actually rather relaxing to

It takes the Prius’s best and adds a whacking great of visual drama, and plenty of and comfort. And, of course, the premium badge as well.

It’s sometimes been mostly outside of automotive admittedly that it’s to be green. And in motoring terms, the CT rivals the CR-Z as the closest to a hybrid has yet to come.

So, yes, a Prius in a swanky suit. But as say, the clothes maketh the

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