With a 112 top speed and a 0-62 acceleration time of just over 10 seconds, the Lexus’s figures are what you would expect of a car with a 1.8 litre petrol engine and hybrid drivetrain. It is just a pity that it does not deliver its performance with a bit more sparkle.Ride and Handling
On a smooth road the CT 200h rides calmly with reasonable comfort, but it is a different story where there are coarse surface undulations and the suspension has to work a bit harder. Then the ride develops rather more jostle and pitch than you would ideally like. Even mild potholes unsettle it.
On paper the baby Lexus looks designed for excellent handling, with a level front-rear weight balance achieved by having the engine over the front axle, and the electric motor mounted at the rear. It also has double wishbone rear suspension, chosen for handling calibre. The car’s handling is neutral and secure, but it lacks the grippy dynamism that would give the car a sportier edge. There is more driving enjoyment to be had behind the wheel of a Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf than a CT 200h.
There is a choice of driving modes, which you can select to vary the car's attitude. There are three settings: Eco to optimise fuel consumption, Normal to enliven the driving experience, and Sport to elevate it to something a little more interesting. In Eco mode the car feels relatively sluggish. Normal is more agreeable but still a bit on the dull side, while Sport gives sharper throttle and steering responses, accompanied by the instrument dials turning red.Ease of Use
Similar in size to a Ford Focus, the CT 200h is 4,350 mm long and 1,765 mm wide. Its five-door hatchback body makes it a practical family car, with standard split-fold rear seats and a boot capacity that expands from 375 litres with the back seats in place to 965 litres when they are folded.
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