New Lexus CT 200h first drive

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New Lexus CT 200h first

Details Created on Wednesday, 05 2014 09:00

Joining the 400,000 new cars which hit our UK roads during the new ‘14’ plate month of March be the new Lexus CT 200h petrol/electric

Whilst Lexus describe it as it is actually a mid-life refresh an upgrade of specification and the chance to prices, mainly in a downwards

Available from £20,995 for the level S model in the six strong this price is a £1,000 and other prices have by up to £1,500. Prices range up to for the Premier version which is lower than before. can now get into the CT 200h from as as £219 a month using the Finance contract hire and contract purchase plans

The news continues with emissions starting from so company car drivers will pay 11% Benefit-in-Kind tax from the new tax level comes into force in Insurance is not going to be a budget either as the groups range 18E to 20E which are very competitive in the brand C-segment where the A3 and BMW 1 Series are the main competitors.

At the European media launch in Julian Lea, product manager for Lexus UK said, CT 200h was first introduced in 2011 and has become the entry to our brand for new customers. The majority of CT sales go to conquest customer and 70% of them have never owned a Lexus. It is a vital car for us in the UK and it has the most reliable car we have built in our 25 year history.”

He that Lexus UK expects to around 4,200 of the CT 200h door hatch in a full of sales and advance orders are 30% of our plan. Business and fleet will take up around 75% of UK due in part to the very low personal tax

Lea said of the six levels of specification, S, SE, Luxury, F Sport and Premium, the Advance variant will be by far the popular as it has £1,000 more than the old model with no increase. Lexus claim version has a £4,500 spec over the competition. Further news for customers is the new CT 200h, to CAP one of the industry’s RV monitors, will a 4.4% better residual than the previous versions due in to lower servicing costs and the specification at lower prices.

Much of the improvements in technical and changes have come customer feedback and heading up the engineering team for the revised CT has been Chika Kako a Chief Engineer who joined Motor Corporation in 1989. She her task had been to improve the styling, driveability, ride without handling compromise and 94 has been implemented to improve intrusion, vibrations and ride There have also aerodynamic tweaks including welding to provide a stiffer and bodyshell. Other changes the use of underbody covers to improve the under and around the body.

The mapping of the CVT automatic transmission has been changed to provide a linear response and to reduce and vibrations.

Inside there has increased attention to detail to the visual appearance with specification including a seven-inch monitor on the centre console, new steering wheel, upgraded system and two navigation systems are now with the premium version such features as Google View.

Externally the styling all round have improved presence with the most being a much stronger wider and lower ‘spindle’ grille, the F Sport variant has a grille and a new rear spoiler. New designs and a shark’s fin antenna been introduced across the

The best selling Advance additions now include parking heated front seats, integrated navigation system and alloy wheels. Items as electrically operated windows, operated and heated door air conditioning, push button DAB radio, Bluetooth and, customers requests a space spare wheel replaces the kit, are all standard features for all

All models user the Toyota/Lexus system with a 98bhp engine coupled with an electric motor with through a CVT automatic transmission. In to the hybrid’s Normal drive there are three on demand modes, EV (electric power Eco and Sport, all selected by using a control or the EV switch on the centre

With a combined system of 134bhp the CT 200h has a top speed of and zero to 62mph acceleration is 10.3 seconds. Now meeting 6 standards CO2 emissions start as low as for the base S grade model 15-inch wheels. These go up to for 16-inch wheel versions and for 17-inch wheels but all are road tax and all allow company car drivers to pay a low 11% tax penalty.


Lexus were also rightly keen to point out at the launch that this system does not need particulate filters or fuel to meet the Euro 6 emission and the system generates less NOx and emissions than equivalent engines. When running in EV power only mode is no CO2 or NOx emissions at all. On our test route around the traffic streets of Rome and in the rural countryside the CT200h with the of the UK’s best selling specification, the real-life fuel was 50mpg.

This was short of the 68.9mpg quoted for the Combined for models with 17-inch but given the amount of traffic and the conditions I wouldn’t expect a 1.6/2.0-litre turbodiesel engine to do any

The latest edition of the CT 200h is now near where it should been in the first place. noticeable is the improvement in ride It is still on the firm side but improved and it coped pretty with the appalling road what’s left of them, in bankrupt Italy. The cobbled of Rome are as well known as the driving behaviour of its car users and riders.

Outside the busy streets the rural road are much worse than in the UK huge potholes and with sections of road surface have subsided. Just as bad the weather conditions with road surfaces which I offer much grip or even in the dry. Suffice to say CT 200h coped well but falls short of the sharp and compliant ride offered by a BMW 3 for instance.

The re-mapping of the electronic CVT transmission has driveability but is still noisier and responsive than the latest fast response automatic The steering still feels but it is light and easy on the arms and unduly bothered by the appalling conditions. The brakes retain over sensitive response are still head-snapping if a little too pressure is applied to the pedal.

the CT 200h scores better from me is for the official low CO2 figures means lower taxes for car drivers and no road tax for business or buyers. Those, together the price reductions, are good to consider the latest generation of the CT and it looks good as well more exclusivity of ownership than the other volume premium brand compact models.

MILESTONES: Lexus CT Advance 5-Door compact hatchback. (Best selling Price: £23,995. Engine/drivetrain: full hybrid, 1.8-litre, ft petrol unit plus an ft electric motor, electronic CVT auto transmission.

Performance: 112mph, 0-62mph seconds, 68.9mpg Combined (50mpg on test), CO2 94g/km, VED tax £0, BIK company car tax 11% from April. group: 19E. Warranty: miles, hybrid components miles. Dimensions/capacities: L 4,350mm, W H 1,455mm, boot/load space 375 to For: New lower prices for models, new higher spec for all low emissions lead to low taxes and costs, smart looks, revised cabin, better comfort.

Against: Still a ride, sedated steering a more progressive braking response is needed, foot parking brake. Miles news agency



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