This review is based on my own point of view, I’m not an expert but I do appreciate cars and this review is based on mine/ our experience with the Lexus CT200H in the middle of the range specification. We’ve had her from 10am to 4pm.
Please note that cars are girls for me, we’ve always named our cars too, our IS was called “Ruby”, our GS is “Lexy” and my Civic is “Hermionie”.
Tell me, are we the only ones who do this??? …
Our own Lexus went in for her service on Friday. We took to her to the Leeds branch and decided to get a courtesy car, we were given a 3 month old (baby) CT200H and there was only 937 miles on the clock!
Lexus has been manufacturing hybrid vehicles for some time now, shunning dirty diesels in favour of petrol and clean electric. The CT200H we drove was a 1.8 litre petrol which is connected to an electric motor, together they produce a graceful 134bhp and 349nm of torque.
The car feels wonderfully solid in build, due to this its said to go from 0-60mph in about 10 seconds.
Our current Lexus is also a hybrid and due to her age and heavy size (GS) fuel consumption is around 25 mpg, but with this CT being so brand spanking new, I’ve read that driving this daily in and around town would give a reasonable 50mpg.
The CT200H is an amazing car to drive, she has exceptional handling, but I do feel that there’s a bit of a lag when pulling away, the sports mode does pack a punch and makes a difference to this! I would say that this mode may not be great for fuel consumption though. I love that the rev counter shows up on the dashboard when it’s in sports mode too.
Cruising back from Leeds to Harrogate (then Harrogate back to Leeds) on the A1 is a pleasant experience, the engine is quiet, but there was a bit of road noise when travelling at the national speed limit.
My husband who loves his GS for its smooth luxurious ride, finds the CT a more firmer ride in comparison. For me, I prefer this sportier ride, plus as a passenger, I still find it comfortable enough to be able to have a snooze!
When we got to Harrogate, we did have a few glances at the car when we stopped at the lights, hubs thinks it maybe because the car goes deadly quiet and they think we’ve stalled or something, however I like to think they caught sight of a beautiful lass in the passenger seat!
Seriously now, I think it was a case of car envy!
Looking at her, she is aesthetically pleasing, a very modern exterior with really classy lines. She is eye catching and stands out from the crowd in my case and to the drivers who noticed her. The F sport trim and the new front grille styling gives an extra touch of quality to her already beefed up modern design.
I like the interior, good quality, soft and smooth plastic, it has a lovely finish. The dashboard is ergonomically designed, the buttons and switches are within reach and also within your peripheral vision. The steering wheel is a lovely grippy shiny smoothly stitched leather.
I love the pop up easy clear view screen that’s set in the centre of the dashboard, it’s 10.3 inches in size, although I was a bit taken aback that it wasn’t touch screen, instead it’s controlled with a mouse track style controller and it was exceptionally easy to navigate.
There are 10 speakers for audio and the sound is clear. The gear stick is small and space saving, everything has its place and I felt it has a neat and tidy finish that’s easy on the eye.
The seats are half leather and half alcantara and has a quality feel to it . There was plenty of head room, I have long legs for someone who is 5”4 and there is plenty of leg room in the passenger seat and sitting at the back. It’s so airy and spacious.
I love the fitted sporty seats, they were very comfortable and had great lumbar and head support. My gripe is that the passenger seat has a manual lever for adjustments, I feel that electric buttons should be standard now, but this might be an option and yes, maybe it’s because I’ve been spoilt with the IS we had and the GS we currently own.
Boot space isn’t massively big though, for a weekly shop yes, for a couples weekend away yes but anymore than that it’s a bit of a tight squeeze.
I’ve made some comparisons with the IS and GS as I noticed some missing features in the CT, but I’m not sure if these will be available in the premium specification or because we haven’t played around enough to find out.
These are as follows:
In our old IS, my hubs set the speedometer to glow a bright orange if I ever went past 30mph, a useful feature to have these days.
CT has automatic daytime running lights, which I don’t think the IS and GS has.
CT has front and rear sensors the IS only have rear ones. The rear parking camera in the Lexus cars are generally pretty awesome to use.
The rear view mirror dims when there are bright lights coming up behind you, the GS’s wing mirrors dims too but the CT’s don’t, again I’m not sure if this is a premium thing or because it’s not been set.
The wing mirrors are quite big which is useful however these don’t automatically dip down when you reverse to park like the GS ones that do.
The Lexus Leeds staff service is second to none, the Leeds showroom has a partnership with John Lewis at Victoria gate Leeds.
If you’re a customer with them, as a thank you, they run a complimentary shuttle service to and from John Lewis and this is available 5 days a week. They drop you off and pick you up whenever you’re ready. With this complimentary service, you can also book yourself in for a free Clarins beauty bar 15 minute facial, a free hot drink at cafe Benugo, and a free blow dry at &beauty.
Our car was valeted to a high standard, and a thank you note was left with a bottle of spring water in the passenger seat. It’s the little touches that make a difference!
So my conclusion is this, if you’re looking for a car and you do mostly urban journeys, I think this is a great choice of car. She makes town driving an absolute doddle, the dashboard tells you the speed limits too.
Electric power and low emissions means it’s not overly expensive to run. I mainly do school runs and go to work, then I do the occasional once a week/ fortnightly trips to Leeds to see my family and so, this car is the bomb, it’s pretty close to perfect!
Thanks for making it to the end of my blog post! The photos don’t do the CT justice, she has to be seen in the flesh!
This post isn’t sponsored, we pay for our service contract. It was written as I really enjoyed the car and appreciated the service we received from Lexus Leeds.