Lexus CT 200h Review Cars CNET UK

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Imagine, if that you’re a young, 20- or 30-something looking for a compact car. Conventional logic you should buy an Audi A3 or BMW but those wishing to depart the norm may want to consider the Lexus CT 200h luxury

Not only does this car a badge that will onlookers solemnly nod in respect, plus an list that could a BMW blush, it also offers its rivals can only dream of hybrid propulsion that low-emission, high-economy driving. But is car any good? We hopped in the £25,200 CT 200h SE-L to find

The range starts at £23,485.


The 200h makes a first impression, for the most Its front end has a keen, purposeful like it’s angry the road ahead. The ‘hybrid’ on the left and right sides any illusion that the 200h is a tarmac shredder, but the prominent emblem on the front and rear remind onlookers that driving something slightly special than the average .

The back half of the 200h pretty decent too, but if considered in isolation. Call us but the rear somehow clashes the front. It’s almost as if end was designed by a separate Lexus before being welded

The rear of the 200h looks it belongs to a different car. 

the appeal of the car’s exterior is we were very impressed by its It has a reassuringly expensive appearance and and is littered with buttons, and enough gizmos to keep tech heads entertained for

Lex me entertain you

The 200h’s interface is into two areas — a zone and a control zone. pride of place in the display which sits on the upper of the dashboard, is a large, motorised, 8-inch TFT display.

The screen be controlled by touch, but that’s not a issue, as it’s positioned out of anyway. Interacting with the is only possible by prodding in the control zone, which on the lower half of the dashboard and on the console.

This main point of in the control zone is the Lexus Touch interface, which exactly like a joystick or Move the stick left, up or down, and a cursor on the display accordingly. The cursor snaps onto icons as it passes them, while a brief is sent through the joystick to you’ve selected something can be interacted with.

The system is easy to use while you’re or while the vehicle is in motion even more so, perhaps, an ordinary touchscreen, since no need to exert yourself by holding your arm in the air.


Despite its relatively exotic the 200h is powered by the same as the common, or garden, third-generation Prius. It uses a 98bhp engine that ticks using the Atkinson cycle a combustion process optimised for rather than performance. is paired with an 81bhp motor that helps a combined power output of

You use this control, as you would a to move the cursor on the 8-inch (see below).

That’s not a impressive power figure, and it Twist the car’s driving-mode into the sport setting and the gently eases itself a standstill to 62mph in 10.3 — just a hundredth of a quicker than the Prius. It at a relatively pedestrian pace it reaches the same 112mph speed as its rival.

The car has enough to keep up with the flow of motorway traffic, but doesn’t offer enough power to Sunday drivers, unless driving on a long stretch of with plenty of room to

Bend it like Beckham


The 200h isn’t particularly in a straight line, but Lexus has its utmost to make the car handle through clever weight The car’s hybrid-propulsion components are as close to the floor of the vehicle as helping it to maintain a low centre of and components located furthest from the centre of gravity been given the Weight treatment. The bonnet, tailgate and reinforcements are all made from aluminium.

Behold the screen. not touch-sensitive, but it really doesn’t

Many diesel cars mount their 100kg or so directly over the front causing handling imbalances. The on the other hand, has a 50kg mounted at the front, and the weight of engine is offset by a 55kg motor over the rear.

The suspension helps its handling, Whereas the Prius uses decrepit torsion-beam rear-suspension this car uses the slightly double-wishbone variety, which, heavier by nature, is widely in sports cars, as it offers stability when you’re like a hoodlum.

Emissions statement

The 200h’s gubbins means it’s to run — even with prices higher than a Charlie Sheen. The car achieves an 68.9mpg on the combined cycle, is considerably more than the achieved by the diesel-powered BMW 118d, but below the 74.3mpg you’d get an, albeit slightly less Audi A3 1.6 TDI 105PS.

The 200h both its rivals in terms of low The car emits carbon dioxide at a of just 94g/km. That’s less than the Audi A3 and a 29g/km less than the It’s an even rosier as far as nitrous oxide emissions are

The 200h spits out just of the stuff, compared to the hundreds of spewed out by its rivals’ diesel

If you’re an uber hippie, you may to take advantage of the car’s driving mode, which the engine temporarily to power the car on power alone. This can the 200h at speeds of up to 27mph, with a total range of 2 miles, it’s hardly the bother.


We really like the CT 200h. Its straight-line performance great, but it corners superbly, has a luxurious air and is cheap to run. The is less expensive and offers better economy, but the 200h is a far desirable package.



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