Lexus CT200h Road Test

Lexus CT 200h Interior

Lexus CT 200h Review

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The rearward view is a bit restricted by fat rear pillars, so it is fortunate that rear parking sensors are standard kit on this version.

The interior is quite roomy, but the cabin is not quite as up-market as you expect of a premium badge. The cockpit is quite busy with a cluttered dashboard, and the quality of materials is a little disappointing. Everything is easily reached, but the ambience is a bit plasticky. The rearward view is a bit restricted by fat rear pillars, so it is fortunate that rear parking sensors are standard kit on this version.

One disadvantage of the car's hybrid design is that it is unsuitable for towing.

Comfort and Refinement

The CT 200h, like a Prius, can run on battery power alone for short distances, at up to 28 mph. In this mode it is exceptionally quiet with a pleasing absence of engine noise. When the engine is running, the noise level is very reasonable, but the sound quality is a little disappointing. It has a dull note, mundane rather than sporty-sounding. Refinement is generally pretty good, but there is some road roar at motorway speed.

The front seats are huggily comfortable but the rear seats are a bit on the firm side.

Safety and Security

Safety is catered for with standard electronic traction control, and this is a five-star rated car under EuroNCAP crash testing. There is a Thatcham approved alarm and immobiliser.


The test car was equipped with a full map navigation pack, adding £1,850 to the price. As well as colour screen satnav, it comprises a 10-speaker audio system with six-CD changer in the dash.

  • Toyota Prius
  • Honda Insight
  • BMW 118d
  • Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion
What We Liked
  • Green credentials of petrol-electric hybrid
  • Good fuel economy
  • Practical design
What We Disliked
  • The slightly awkward body styling
  • A bit dull to drive
  • Pricey compared with some of its rivals
What We'd Like To See
  • More dynamic handling

Lexus has downsized its hybrid offering with this car. The result is a relatively highly-priced five-door hatchback that provides a more compact option for existing Lexus buyers. How successful it will be at appealing to a new, younger group of hybrid buyers remains to be seen.

5 September 2011 Melanie Carter
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Lexus CT 200h Road Test Data
Model ReviewedLexus CT 200h SE-L Premier
Body TypeHatchback
ColourVelvet Black
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph10.3 Seconds
Top Speed 112mph
Transmissione-CVT Auto
Fuel TypePetrol/electricity
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Extra Urban70.6mph
Insurance Group17
Euro NCAP Rating5 Star
Warranty3 Years/60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 05/09/11)£30,635

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