Lexus CT 200h (2011) Review

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Lexus CT 200h (2011) At A Glance

3/5

+Upmarket hybrid hatchback powered by the same hybrid system as the Toyota Prius. Exceptional front seat legroom. High quality interior.

-Poor ride and handling. Slow performance. Lack of any driving pleasure.

New prices start from £25,150
Insurance Groups are between 15–20
On average it achieves 75% of the official MPG figure

Lexus is very proud (and very keen) to point out that the CT 200h was the world’s first 'full hybrid' to be launched in the premium hatchback market. The 'quiet revolution' as it called it. The Japanese firm has taken the technology used in the Toyota Prius and applied it to a hatchback that sits alongside the likes of the BMW 1 Series and the latest Audi A3.

It's powered by a 1.8-litre VVT-i petrol engine alongside an electric motor and together they develop 134PS - similar to the power from a BMW 116i. The hybrid system is incredibly clever and can operate in petrol and electric modes alone as well as a combination of both.

As a result it's incredibly efficient and according to the official figures it can average 68.9mpg with CO2 emissions of just 94g/km. The later S model, introduced when the CT200h was revised in 2014, is even more efficient with economy of 78.5mpg.

The CT 200h is most at home in the city. It's very refined at low speeds and thanks to the fact it can run purely on electric power up to 25mph it's very quiet too. The torque is available from a standstill too which makes for effortless performance away from the lights but with no noise. It all seems very impressive and every inch the luxury hatchback Lexus claims.

The problems arise once you leave traffic-laden streets and head to open roads. Here the CT 200h fails to impress with sluggish performance and poor steering while the CVT gearbox means the engine sits at high revs when you accelerate with any vigour. Not exactly in keeping with the refinement the CT 200h is supposed to offer.

On the motorway it's slightly better but it lacks in-gear performance and if you're heavy with your right foot, fuel consumption quickly drops.

The CT 200h is certainly different from other premium hatchbacks thanks to its advanced technology. If you live in London and regularly travel into the congestion charge zone it could make sense. However it's not cheap with prices starting at around £24k and for many a diesel version of a rival hatchback will probably be a better buy.

Lexus CT200h 2011 Road Test and Video

Lexus CT200h 2014 Road Test

Lexus CT200h Long Term Test Reports

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Real MPG average for a Lexus CT 200h (2011)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

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Average performance

75%

Real MPG

40–66 mpg

MPGs submitted

363

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Can you suggest a small, premium hybrid?
"I drive a 4-year-old Mercedes C-Class - which I love. But even before lockdown, I thought it was time to get a smaller car and venture into the world of hybrids. I'm looking for a high-spec, small, self-charging hybrid - either a hatchback or small SUV. I do mostly local journeys but some longer ones so I don’t want to go fully electric yet. On the Mercedes, I'm used to a high spec and lots of gizmos so I am looking for the most luxurious small car - this time with 5 doors, that is easy to park. I realise performance will not be as good as I'm used to but would like to get the best I can. My car is my luxury item in life so cost is not a big issue. I would be very grateful for your recommendations."
We'd recommend a Lexus UX 250h. It's a small hybrid crossover SUV with a premium cabin. Lexus is Toyota's premium brand and owners are generally a very satisfied bunch: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/honest-john-satisfaction-index-2020/honest-john-satisfaction-index-2020-the-results/ You could also consider the CT 200h hatchback although it's been around for a number of years and is showing its age a bit now. Alternatively, look at a Toyota C-HR or the excellent new Yaris – they won't feel as classy as your Mercedes, but they're very dependable and efficient cars.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Buying a used car - is four previous owners too many?
"When buying from a dealer, should I be put off if the car has had lots of previous owners? I've found a nice Lexus CT 200h with 63k miles on the clock, but the history shows four previous keepers. How can I tell if this was a lease or hire car? I'm very hesitant about this sort of area and would appreciate your guidance. "
No - not necessarily, the way the car has been treated and used is more important than the number of owners, in my opinion. But, similarly, a 1-year-old car that's marketed as having one previous owner could have been owned by a hire company the entire time. You can only check the V5C and pay for a comprehensive car history check. The V5 will list the former keeper's details on the logbook, so you can check if it's potentially been owned by a business that way. But the dealer won't be able to tell you about the previous owners other than that. You can see all your legal rights when buying a used car from a dealer here, though - which should put your mind at rest in regards to the possibility of something going wrong once you've bought a car: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/problems-with-a-new-or-used-car-your-consumer-rights/
Answered by Georgia Petrie
Should I get a catalytic converter lock?
"Should I get a catalytic converter lock from Lexus for £300. I have a 2016 Lexus CT but wasn't sure if this model was affected or whether it is worth the cost. Please advise me."
It's your decision to make, but I will say that hybrids are more susceptible to cat converter theft than petrol or diesel cars. My thoughts would be, if you can afford it then £300 isn't an eye-watering price to pay for peace of mind. However, there are other preventative steps you can take if you're concerned. You can see our advice here: https://kit.honestjohn.co.uk/top-tens/top-10-ways-to-prevent-catalytic-converter-theft I would research online, too. There's a lot of chat about cat converter theft in forums - and there will certainly be ones that are Lexus-specific. I'd browse some of those to see what other owners are doing.
Answered by Georgia Petrie
Could you suggest a car to purchase for a taxi?
"Can you please advise on what would be a suitable used car to purchase for a taxi (in Dorset)? Our budget is £10,000. We would need an automatic and would be most grateful for your advice."
As you're based in Dorset, I'm presuming you won't be covering many motorway miles. With that in mind, a hybrid probably makes the most sense. A Toyota Prius or Auris would be a good purchase. There's the Prius+ too, if you'd like a bit more space. Alternatively, consider a Lexus CT 200h if you'd like something a bit more upmarket. They're all extremely reliable cars with low running costs - hence their popularity with taxi drivers.
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