2015 Lexus CT200h | new car review

Posted on Dec 24, 2014 by
2015 Lexus CT200h
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  • Rated 4 stars
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AEDAED 145,000 - 166,000
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 85%
  • Interior
    Editor: 65%
  • Quality
    Editor: 65%
  • Features
    Editor: 75%
  • Performance
    Editor: 80%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 70%

Review Summary:

Good looking, efficient, and practical. What's not to like about the ? Oh yes, the price tag.

Pros

* Exterior styling is sure to turn heads as you drive down the road.

Cons

* Try as hard as you may, the price tag simply feels unjustified.

Looks

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 catapults you to the top of the cool scale. So it comes as no surprise when Lexus continues to bring out its luxury hybrid , 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 2015 Leuxs 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 give birth a handsome little hatch.

2015 Lexus CT200h front

Feels

Being the most affordable 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 2015 Lexus CT200h is a practical option for the daily city runarounds.

2015 Lexus CT200h interior

Engineering

The 2015 Lexus 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.

2015 Lexus CT200h side

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.

2015 Lexus CT200h front

Summing it…

So it looks good, never needs to be charged, and is extremely practical. It seems nearly perfect, until you realize it costs between AED 145,000 and AED 166,000 to own one. That’s when you begin to consider all the bigger, better options your money could buy.

2015 Lexus CT200h top

Specifications

Specifications2015 Lexus CT
Engine/ Cylinders1.8 litre / 4 cyl
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
134 hp @ 5,200 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
193 Nm @ 4,000 RPM
TranmissionCVT
DriveFront Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h10.1 secs
Top speed182 km/h
PriceAED 145,000 - 166,000

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