When the CT 200h takes both hands behind its back and asks you to choose between right and left, be sure to take both. One of them hides a pleasing level premium-ness, exactly what you’d expect from a Lexus, while the other can barely hold the ton of fun inside of it, with the lively, involving, handling and the low, focused driving positing being nothing short of exceptional. Actually, there’s also a third hand, which is used to keep you from opening your wallet too wide when visiting a petrol station.
Unfortunately, Lexus entered the compromise woods too deep, risking for this word to be used to describe the vehicle. The car is trying a bit too hard to show you that it knows what young&sporty means, ruining the ride comfort in the process. And if you actually bring driving dynamics in the discussion, it will fail to shine, as the hybrid powertrain lets it down in terms of real world output and power delivery.
Premium car buyers will be thrilled after a test DRIVE, but will certainly need a serious amount of time to take a buying decision. It's pretty hard to make up your mind about trading the multi-purpose clean diesel powerplants of the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series for the (low and medium rev range only) refinement of the
Lexus Hybrid Synergy Drive.
Before we end the show, we have to mention that the CT 200h and the Prius will certainly be involved in domestic violence, as the two come with close pricing ranges. Continue reading