Earlier this year, the Lexus CT 200h premium hatchback benefitted from a comprehensive programme of revisions. In total, 94 changes were made to the car, to ensure it’s sharper looking, more fuel efficient and has a more compliant ride and sportier driving experience. Here’s a round-up of the British motoring press’ thoughts on the refreshed model.
“Rather than simply grafting on the new family face, Lexus has listened closely to its customers’ comments and applied a raft of smart changes to the hybrid hatchback.”
“(Inside) A wafer-thin 4.2-inch screen looks fantastic, and with the navigation system (standard-fit on the Advance-spec car) you get a new BMW-style rotary dial, rather than the fiddly mouse controller. A new gear selector and steering wheel taken from the Lexus IS ensure the cabin feel is right up there with that of the class leaders.”
“Quality, refinement and ride are all improved, while the styling is fresher all round. Sub-100g/km emissions ensure it costs pennies to run for business users and Lexus has sweetened the private-buy deal, too – slashing up to £1,500 from the old model’s price.”
“…from a business users point of view, Lexus has managed to lower both the CO2 emissions and the car’s price tag. In base S grade spec (with 15-inch wheels) the CT200h is now £1000 cheaper and 5g/km cleaner at 82g/km CO2 – making it 4 per cent cheaper than most of its diesel-engined rivals on the all-important BIK banding.
“As a premium fleet option, it would be foolish not to at least consider it. “
“The cabin presents a crisper face to the driver and the trim and build quality are excellent, although the graphics and layout are unchanged.”
“It’s funny explaining Lexus Hybrid Drive to a first-timer. There’s the twin-motor system and the petrol engine all driving the car through an epicyclic transmission, plus the nickel-metal hydride battery and the way it charges when you lift off the throttle.”
The publication added: “It’s complicated and quite brilliant under the surface, but simplicity itself once you’re familiar with it.”
“Body roll is well contained and the chassis is reasonably balanced without an overwhelming tendency towards nose-on understeer.”
“One other crucial feature of note is the front seat design. Such well-shaped and naturally supportive chairs are so rare in this class that you’d be forgiven for forgetting they ever existed. But they do, and they’re right here. Top marks, Lexus.”
“Build quality is exemplary and even among Lexus’ own high standards the CT has emerged as the most reliable car it has ever built. Price? Well, once you spec its rivals up to an equivalent level the Lexus is £3,000 or more cheaper.”
“The CT 200h makes good sense for fleets and a little of its siblings’ aggressive new styling has made it a better looking car. Despite small niggles, this remains a strong proposition for the premium-brand customer wanting something different.”
Read our detailed review of CT 200h here. You can configure an CT 200h by visiting the designated section of the Lexus UK website. If you’d like to try the car for yourself, leave a comment and we’ll be in touch.