Lexus CT200h review - A premium hatchback alternative - Prices, Specs and rivals

A frugal choice, but lags well behind German rivals for driving entertainment

Evo rating
Price
from £21,000
  • Peerless Lexus service, reliability and tax-dodging emissions status
  • Eco focus makes for a dreary drive, yet the suspension is overly firm

There might only be a single engine and transmission choice, but Lexus has gone to town on the trim levels. There’s the entry-level S, followed by SE, Advance, Luxury, Advance Plus, F Sport and Premier. The CT 200h S starts at just over £21,000, with the Premier model topping the price lists at a few quid under £30,000.

That S comes with a fairly comprehensive specification list, though those fuel and emissions saving 15-inch alloy wheels do look a bit measly under the chunky-sided body. SE adds some privacy glass, larger 17-inch alloy wheels and front fog lamps, though Advance is required if you want cruise control, keyless entry, heated seats, front and rear parking sensors and navigation.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

Luxury gains the usual leather, though loses navigation. Advance Plus loses the leather but gets back the satnav. It all gets pretty confusing, above that, while F Sport brings 'sports suspension' and the lateral damping system as well as some F Sport specific styling changes. Premier adds all sorts of chrome and aluminium trim along with powered seats and a premium Mark Levinson audio upgrade.

Rivals are the usual Germanic trio of the BMW 1 Series, Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class - all in their most economical diesel guises. If you’re really intent on saving the planet, then a BMW i3, VW e-Golf or Audi A3 e-tron all offer a more interesting drive, if higher price points. 

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/best-cars/15095/best-cars-to-buy-for-ps10000-evo-garage
Best cars

Best cars to buy for £10,000 – evo garage

The evo team picks their favourite used performance cars
1 Jul 2020
Visit/dodge/challenger/202845/2021-dodge-challenger-srt-super-stock-revealed
Dodge Challenger

2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock revealed

The ancient Dodge Challenger lives on in new 807bhp widebody form – makes a Shelby GT500 look like a pedal car
3 Jul 2020
Visit/bmw/m3-saloon/20529/2020-bmw-m3-tech-specs-revealed-choice-is-the-word-for-bmws-sports-saloon
BMW M3 saloon

2020 BMW M3 tech specs revealed – choice is the word for BMW’s sports saloon

BMW’s next M3 to be available in manual or auto; with and without all-wheel drive
1 Jul 2020
Visit/audi/audi-e-tron/202840/new-496bhp-audi-e-tron-s-revealed-audis-first-high-performance-ev
Audi e-tron

New 496bhp Audi e-tron S revealed – Audi’s first high-performance EV

The Audi e-tron S has picked up an extra electric motor for a total of three in new EV flagship
1 Jul 2020