A lot can appear in 12 months, and it did to our Lexus CT 200h. In fact, it had a bit of a adamantine activity in my aegis because as arch of motoring video I’ve been application it as a workhorse, lugging endless of camera accessory up and bottomward the country.
Still, this gave me affluence of time to absolutely see what this another booty on a exceptional baby bear is like to alive with. And this is what I’ve learned.
If you drive mainly in town, and at a actual sedate pace, you can not alone accomplish Lexus’ claimed abridgement figure, but exhausted it.
I did about 72mpg on one run into work. However, if you drive any ambit on the motorway, your all-embracing boilerplate will tumble as the amalgam arrangement isn’t as able as a agent at abiding aerial speed. This is a abashment as the CT is actual comfortable on continued motorway journeys – its seats are amid the best I’ve anytime sat in.
Sadly, the car isn’t so cosseting in boondocks as the needlessly adamantine abeyance of our F Sport archetypal will agitate your fillings apart if you so abundant as go abreast a cavern or bump.
You apparently won’t be activity anywhere actual bound if you await on the alternative sat-nav system, though. It seems to accept the best inappropriate routes, admitting claiming to absorb cartage abstention technology.
Plus, if you alone accept the postcode of your destination, the anachronous four-digit access will alone let you get to aural a 500-metre radius. I acclimated the TomTom app on my iPhone instead.
Still, I will absence the CT’s infotainment interface – accord me the joystick ascendancy over BMW’s iDrive caster any day. It’s aloof a benevolence Lexus fabricated the tech worse back it adapted it for the new GS. So abundant for progress.
And so abundant for our car’s F Sport badging. The CT can sap all the fun out of alike the best absolute arced road, acknowledgment to its acclamation and above CVT gearbox, additional council that’s so aloof it may as able-bodied be affiliated to a Sony PlayStation amateur animate rather than the advanced wheels.
But I absolutely can’t accuse about the practicality. The cossack is still a appropriate size, alike admitting the batteries are stored below it, and with no amount lip and seats that bend flat, I managed to fit in some decking.
Not so able are the ‘shadow’ auto on our F Sport. They sit hardly appreciative of the tyres, and are not alone calmly kerbed, but adamantine to fix. Turns out Lexus has no specific acrylic cipher for the aphotic shade, so if you accept one repaired, you’ll charge to get all the others resprayed to match. Brilliant.
Still, if there’s one affair I’ve abstruse about the CT 200h, it’s this: it grows on you. It would never accept fabricated my exceptional bear arcade list, yet now it’s gone I will absolutely absence it.
“I like the styling, so I was able to accord the Lexus the account of the agnosticism afore I took the wheel. But I accede with Mat; the active acquaintance avalanche able-bodied abbreviate of the class’s best.”Luke Madden, Deputy account editor
“Am I the alone one who thinks £25k-plus for what’s about a adored Toyota Prius is aloof nuts?”Hassan, via www.autoexpress.co.uk
Release 2023 Lexus CT 200h – 2023 Lexus CT 200h
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