Lexus wants to place the CT 200h up there with the big names like Che Guevara, claiming that the vehicle is starting a revolution, a quiet revolution. Actually, the vehicle has been created as a more refined choice for those who want a compact, economical vehicle.
This is a new manifestation of the car’s strong personality. Not only does it have its own version of the Atkinson cycle (OK, borrowed from the Prius), but it also spells hybrid in its way. In English, this means that you don’t necessarily get “better economy“ than you’d receive from a modern clean diesel. Instead, the vehicle really allows you to enjoy the silence.
Thanks to certain solutions, such as a serious sound proofing and redesigned engine mounts, the 1.8-liter petrol unit is as quiet as a deer looking the lion in the eye, providing that you keep the revs low. If you don’t, which will be the case in many situations, then you’ll feel like the deer hearing the lion roar.
The seats are incredibly comfortable for the level of lateral support they offer, with this impression being shared by both our average-sized and tall editors. Things are even better for the driver and the passenger, who can enjoy electric power.
Unfortunately, we can’t say the same thing about the ride. Yes, it also offers a hefty amount of “lateral support” during the corners, but your internal organs have to pay for this. This is pretty frustrating, as it’s like being hangover without having gotten drunk, as the lazy powertrain never allows you to be enchanted with the speed.
Fortunately, the electrification hasn’t had any negative effects on the air conditioning system. The dual zone automatic aircon, which relies on an electric compressor (used to save energy), manages to handle its tasks just fine. The only unusual feeling comes from the Prius-borrowed battery rear cooling duct, which is located next to the rear side bolster of the rear seat.Continue reading