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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review: Lexus CT 200h

Overall verdict
To call this a posh Prius may sound a little harsh, but that’s what it is.


Decent spec and quality, along with impressive economy


Poorly judged ride/handling combination, only one engine option


What is it?

The smallest, cheapest Lexus you can buy. Ostensibly, it’s a rival for the Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series, though, unlike the dizzying array of engine and trim options available from the Germans, Lexus offers the CT in few specifications. And there’s only one engine. That happens to be a 1.8-litre petrol- electric hybrid system – pretty much the same as in Toyota’s Prius. The Lexus looks more conventional than the Prius, but it’s still a bit of a left-field choice.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
200h 1.8 5dr CVT
10.3s 101g/km 64.2 136 £26,055
The cheapest
200h 1.8 5dr CVT
10.3s 101g/km 64.2 136 £26,055
The greenest
200h 1.8 5dr CVT [Premium Pack/16 inch Alloy]
10.3s 97g/km 67.3 136 £27,475