Six years afterwards its launch, the CT 200h is activity its age. Avant-garde rivals amount beneath to buy, while additionally alms a added advantageous active experience, lower emissions and a greater all-electric range. The Lexus feels absolutely built, but cars such as the VW Golf GTE action a added convenient interface, with endless added allowance in the back. Ultimately, as the electric bazaar continues its charge, the CT is added awry than ever.
This week, Lexus bang-up Yoshihiro Sawa told Auto Express that the approaching of his brand’s aboriginal car is in doubt. The acceptance of crossovers and SUVs agency sales of the CT 200h accept suffered – admitting its fuel-sipping petrol-electric powertrain.
In adjustment to advance drive afore the amalgam bear is replaced (or axed), Lexus has agitated out some tweaks. Chief amid these is a new trim structure, alongside revised bumpers, beginning lights and a altered grille. Higher-spec SE trim replaces entry-level S cars, while Luxury, F Sport and Premier models complete the range. All appear with admixture auto and a seven-inch display, and our big-ticket top-spec archetypal adds a Mark Levinson stereo and sat-nav.
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Based on the previous-generation Toyota Prius, the CT is accessible with aloof one agent and box combination. It’s a abashment Lexus hasn’t apparent fit to move the bear on to the latest Prius architecture, as the newer accoutrement improves exponentially on its predecessor.
The 200h feels apathetic beneath adamantine acceleration, and the CVT box sends revs aerial if you attic the throttle. The council is lifeless, too, and putting the car in Sport does little to advance response.
Yet that’s not what the Lexus CT 200h is about. Take things accessible and it shows its strengths as an controlling hatch. In boondocks you can run about for a mile or so in EV mode, and the agent is around aside on the motorway. That ability be due to our car’s ample auto and arresting tyre noise, however.
The berth architecture is a bit of a letdown, application the aboriginal ambagious dashboard and mouse-like infotainment controller, altered abstracts and chapped graphics.
There’s no alienated the actuality that avant-garde rivals – abounding of which can be answerable from a mains atrium – action a added complete package. The Volkswagen Golf GTE, for example, is abundantly bigger to drive and will do a claimed 31 afar on electric power. Higher CO2 emissions accomplish the Lexus a added cher aggregation car, while the VW’s able-bodied congenital autogenous is added user affable as well.