2017 Lexus CT 200h Review

Introduction

Lexus revels in doing things a little bit differently, so unlike all the CT 200h’s rivals in the premium compact hatchback class, you’ll not find any diesels or any high-performance versions in the CT line-up. Instead you’ll find a range powered by just one powertrain, petrol-electric hybrid set-up. It makes a lot of sense for economy-minded drivers - and business users with an eye on their tax bill - but the CT 200h in reality is something of a confused character. Lexus hasn’t quite managed to shake off the desire to give the CT 200h a sporting drive to rival its competition, so the stiff, uncomfortable ride is at odds with its otherwise refined character. Hence it's a strange mix, which could be so much better. 

 

Body Style: Compact premium hatchback           Seats: 5                              MRP from £21,995-£29,995 

  

Did you know? All CT 200h models are road-tax free thanks to sub-100g/km emissions and hugely tax efficient if your company’s paying for it.  

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Verdict: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (6.95/10)

The Lexus CT 200h is a different take on the compact premium hatchback norm, which is no real surprise from Lexus. What would be a surprise (tax reasons aside) is if you picked this over the rather excellent competition from Audi with its A3, BMW with its 1 Series and Mercedes-Benz’s A-Class. Throw in all manner of mainstream rivals, such as the Volkswagen Golf, ...