Lexus CT200h is the luxury package says James Martin Mail Online

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Sticking to the green, green of home for your holiday? The CT200h is the luxury package

21:01 GMT, 2 July


This summer, I ve to have a staycation. I love I ve never understood the late rush to go elsewhere.

Why endure the airport parking, the bus ride to the the hour it takes to get your out of those stupid new self-service the Ј30 charge for excess baggage you ll never wear half the the three-hour flight wedged a fat man s armpit, another hour on a hot bus at the end, now minus your luggage, all to reach a bed that like an upturned orange in a room that smells a smoker s fingers?

The real surprise was how much fun hybrid is to drive. The Lexus rides like it’s on in a straight line and in the corners rigid and lively

Why do all that, you can just walk a few paces your garden?

I ve been all the world and I can honestly say there s I d rather be on a warm summer s I m writing this in my garden with a cold beer and the of birdsong in my ears. Is that a or a garden warbler?

I d have to ask Oddie, but I do know it s a nicer than I ve ever heard in

Thinking about it, a drive the countryside with the roof a nice pub lunch followed by a on a newly mowed lawn make a killer package I wonder if Thomas Cook be interested?

And it gets better. When s 30 million combustion engines are one day with smooth, silent power, you ll be able to hear the sing even if there s an over the hedge.

It starts at but this is a Premier model sat-nav, cruise control and a camera, and costs Ј30,000

But s a long way off. A very way off, to judge by the electric I ve tested so far: by the time you ve a radio station you like, you re out of In the meantime, we ve got hybrids, like Lexus CT200h.

You can drive it in electric mode, but only for a The real point of the electric is to share the load with the engine, making it much efficient and saving you money at the

Until recently I thought were a bad deal, because cost so much more but petrol now Ј1.40 a litre and they re starting to come their own.

This gets about 69 miles to the A few years ago that would been astounding, but these there are plenty of small that can achieve it and even a few such as the Fiat 500 TwinAir.

you get from Lexus Toyota s brand is build quality and far higher than any of those.


all for eco driving, but I’ve never got to with the instruments on hybrids’ telling you how green you’re

The CT200h is supposed to appeal to who d otherwise be looking at a BMW 1-Series or an A3. It starts at Ј23,000 but this is a model with sat-nav, control and a parking camera, and Ј30,000. Ouch.

Can they that?

First impressions are It s the smallest Lexus I ve tested, but as plush as its bigger brothers, heated seats, a nearly cabin and a lovely driving The sat-nav and stereo are operated a kind of computer mouse on the console the first I ve seen on a

Lift the rear hatch and s less space than because the hybrid battery s under there, but it s a small and made up for by the headroom and knee

I m not so happy with the inch-high selector, which doesn t very manly to use. nearly all hybrids this is an (I think Honda s CR-Z is the manual), so you only use it for selecting EV, Normal or Sport. EV is the electric which you d only use for rolling a car park as it soon runs out of

Like nearly all hybrids is an automatic, so you only use it for selecting EV, Normal or Sport

Most will permanently have the car in since that was why you bought it in the place; it softens the throttle to save petrol.

I m all for eco driving, but I ve got to grips with the instruments on dashboards telling you how green you re

Luckily, when you switch the to Sport mode (which throttle response, increases and uses the electric motor to power), everything goes red and the eco is replaced by a rev counter. That s like it.


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