Road Test Lexus CT200h Mike’s Life

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Road Test — CT200h

I probably shouldn’t other people’s road reports on cars I’m about to try but in this case I did.

And I help thinking that other motoring writers don’t “get” the Lexus They lament the tardy to sixty time, complain the styling isn’t great and about the handling.

Let’s with the acceleration. When was the time you raced from to sixty? It just doesn’t in real life, does it?

The performance area is from 30 or 40 to 70 per hour – it’s that you use to overtake other cars, and one you use when joining a motorway. And where the CT200h excels for a car, using the combination of the motor and the petrol engine, the CVT transmission keeping the gearing in the torque sweet spot. effective in “normal mode” but to “Sport mode” (which weights up the steering) and you’ll be

The styling is too subjective to argue I don’t think it’s interesting, but then neither is it in any way and it’s certainly distinctive in class.

Handling and ride

I understand the complaints about the – I think it’s exceptional! I threw the car around the roundabouts of Keynes, enjoying the super “sport mode” delivers, and I it cornered superbly – flat and and there was even enough to deliver some on / off throttle

My only gripe in this is that handling seems to been prioritised over The low speed ride is just too although once you get up to 50 or more per hour, it smooths out, and is beautifully damped.

But all this is missing the point. will buy the little Lexus for on limit handling, or it’s They will buy it because it the legendary Lexus build together with exceptional economy and emissions, in a segment Lexus haven’t played

They will buy it because incredibly smooth, refined, and comfortable enough for me to blast off 800 in a week with no ill effects – not I would normally contemplate in a car small.

Audi are renowned for the of their interiors, but comparing the with an A3 made the German dashboard look old fashioned and The Lexus has a raised centre which puts all the main for the Sat Nav, stereo and climate right at the driver’s hand, and has that change hue from to red according to the driving mode There’s even a gauge changes it’s role power meter to rev counter sport mode is chosen. The top is covered in stitched leather, and the control screen raises the dash when the car is started. The interior creates a sense of and luxury that no other hatchback can match.


So let’s talk about economy for a moment. I averaged over 53MPG during the I spent most of the time in mode” with regular into “Sport mode.” I was – that’s a real world achieved driving normally. my driving style I would high 30’s or low 40’s for a powered hatchback. I imagine “Eco mode” would made it better still, but I the throttle response too tardy that was selected.

It felt like you had to stamp on the to get anywhere, which kind of the object. The car I tested didn’t cruise control, and I suspect would have made a difference as I spent a lot of time on

I found the front seats comfortable, and never felt the to stop to stretch my legs. The wheel is beautifully bound in which is much nicer to use the wood Lexus sometimes and all the controls were exactly I wanted them to be. Rear is pretty poor from the back window, especially there’s spray coming off the but otherwise the Lexus is easy to see out of.

Rear seat room me, but the boot space was pretty as the batteries are stored under the There was plenty of room for in the interior, with two large cup ideal for phones and wallets! a socket for phone charging and a USB to allow music to be played the excellent stereo.

If I was planning to I’d go for the CT200h, without question. As all Lexus products, it feels a special, a little different, and in class that means a My biggest single gripe is the low speed ride, which is too fidgety for me, and I’d be happy to trade off of the handling prowess to get a better

That apart, and with the of cruise control, I’d plump for the and enjoy it’s uncannily cruising and better than fuel economy.

With to Toyota GB – Lexus Division for the use of the See their website for details of and dealers: Lexus



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