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Lexus CT 200h (2011–)

Last updated 21 March 2019

Length 4320–4355 mm
Width 1765–2020 mm
Height 1440–1455 mm
Wheelbase 2600 mm
Boot Space 375–985 L

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There's no denying that the interior of the CT 200h is well built, but it's not especially modern, which is a surprise given the cutting edge technology that powers the CT 200h. The design is pretty forgettable and there's very little that grabs your attention. The small metal gear lever is a nice touch as is the leather steering wheel but apart from that it's fairly drab.

Lexus says the interior majors on luxury with features such as electric windows which slow down for the last few millimetres, to minimise the sound of closure.

Which makes the fact it has a foot operated parking brake, rather than an electric version, even more baffling. That aside, the CT 200h is very quiet on the move and there's good refinement but it's not spectacularly better than other premium hatchback this size. However, there's plenty of space and a good driving position too.

Other positive are the impressive finish - the CT 200h feels a high quality product, but sadly it lacks sophistication and style compared to other premium hatchbacks such as the latest Audi A3. Small details such as the dated climate control display (which looks like it's come straight from the 90s) and the clunky infotainment system are further evidence.

The latter uses a strange 'mouse' mounted (this is part of the satellite navigation system fitted as standard to the SE-L Premier models), on the central stack which looks bulky while navigating the system on the central display is awkward. Controlling the mouse when you're on rough and bumpy roads is frustratingly difficult too.

Boot space has often been an issue with hybrids with luggage space taken up by the batteries but there are no such problems with the CT 200h. The hybrid battery as located as low possible beneath the boot floor so it still has 375 litres - more than a BMW 1 Series - while folding the rear seats increase this to 985 litres. The boot is usefully wide too plus there's only a small load lip

Equipment from launch (2011):

SE-I is the entry level trim and comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, rain sensitive wipers, active brake lights, push button start, front foglights, LED daytime running lights, rear privacy glass, a USB port and Bluetooth.

SE-L adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, front and rear parking sensors and cruise control.

F-Sport adds aero front and rear bumpers, flared side skirts, a deeper rear spoiler, dark-finish 17-inch alloy wheels, aluminium pedals, scuff plates, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, F-Sport black leather upholstery, electrically folding and auto-dimming door mirrors, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror with parking monitor, F-Sport steering wheel and the lateral damper system.

SE-L Premier models get LED headlights, smart entry and start, electric drivers seat adjustment, a Mark Levinson 13-speaker audio system, HDD satellite navigation, remote touch control and a rear-view camera.

List Price from £25,550
Buy new from £23,087
Contract hire from £262.88 per month

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