Lexus CT information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about the hybrid hatchback. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the CT200h car range. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.
The CT200h is a Prius in Lexus drag, sharing much of Toyota’s hybrid know-how packed into a compact hatchback bodystyle to challenge the likes of the BMW 1-series and Mercedes A-class. It is only available as a hybrid petrol-electric car, with no regular unleaded or diesel versions available. For more information on the CT, click on our further stories on the links below.
60sec road test
The Lexus CT is a rather compromised choice, in our view. It’s more cramped than the Toyota Prius with which it shares its hybrid hardware and doesn’t drive especially well. Its jiggly ride, in particular, has been a problem for our road testers. And if there’s one thing you want from a Lexus, it’s refinement - and the CT doesn’t deliver here, either. As such, it’s a bit of a flawed gem. In design terms, the production car doesn’t match the edgy style of the concept car Lexus showed and it certainly doesn’t deliver the supposedly sporty drive the company originally marketed. This is a lifeless car to drive. On the flip side, there are some very impressive clean emissions and claimed fuel economy figures (good luck trying to match them in the real world) and it’s all built exquisitely, as you might expect from Lexus.
The one we’d buy
A diesel A3 or A-class
The one we’d avoid like the plague
We’d not invest here, to be honest
Rivals to consider
Audi A3, BMW 1-series, Mazda 3, Mercedes A-class, Nissan Leaf
Promise of 80mpg and sub-100g/km, Lexus badge, well equipped
Unrefined, more cramped than a Prius, busy ride undoes Lexus DNA