2014 Lexus CT200h | new car review
Interior quality and design
We live in a world where people care more about their Eco-footprint than the number of footsteps they take in a day; and where being Green instantly puts you on top of the cool scale. So it comes as no surprise when Lexus continues to bring out its luxury hybrid hatchback, the CT200h, year after year. Though the CT200h is believed to share many components with the Toyota Prius, we’re just glad they had separate designers. Unlike the Prius, the CT200h is low, wears an aggressive mug and flaunts a number of hot-hatch design elements. The traditional Lexus arrowhead headlights and spindle grille, along with LED’s integrated into the headlamp and tail lamp clusters, come together to form a handsome little hatch.
Being the cheapest Lexus in the line-up, plastic is expected, and plastic is delivered. Apart from the low seating position, navigation screen and mouse-like joystick control, there isn’t a lot to like about the interior. Sure, the dashboard is simple and neat, but it’s a bit too simplistic and too plastic-y for Lexus’ standards. However, with sufficient amounts of head and leg room to transport 4 people from point A to point B comfortably, and 375 litres of boot space to accompany, the CT200h is a practical option to carry out city runs.
The CT200h is packed with a plethora of safety features. Crumple zones in the front and rear are designed to absorb energy in a crash, as does the steering column which is engineered to collapse on impact. Additionally, the CT200h is equipped with eight Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) airbags and front seatbelt pre- tensioners and force limiters. In a collision, impact intensity sensors activate the dual stage SRS driver and front passenger airbags, side airbags and knee airbags, along with curtain shield airbags that run the full length of the vehicle.
What’s on offer?
The CT200h orchestrates a combination of a 1.8-litre engine, high-output electric motor, compact battery, hybrid transmission and power control unit. However, once Sport Mode is selected through the rotary knob on the centre console, the CT 200h immediately re-tunes the throttle input for more direct acceleration, increasing battery power. Sport Mode also adjusts the Electric Power Steering (EPS), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control for a more enjoyable drive.
So it looks good, never needs to be charged up, and is extremely practical. It seems nearly perfect, until you realize it costs between AED 138,000 and AED 174,000 to own one. That’s when you begin to consider all the bigger, better options your money could buy.