This is the most Lexus-est part of this Lexus. From the first moment the sunlight enters the cabin unfiltered, you realize that there might be a justification for the vehicle’s EUR 35,000 price tag.
The cabin has a smart layout that manages to juggle ergonomics and eye candy. Our test vehicle came with a beige Alcantara finish for the seats, with the same shade being used for the door panels. And this is not your typical, dull monochrome look, as it comes with certain decorative elements. The nerd inside of you will also be pleased, as the artificial intelligence is thrown in your face via the multitude of well-placed controls linked to smart functions.
However, the interior of the CT200 h is a two-faced environment. While the upper area screams “Lexus”, the lower one shows clear signs of Toyota and not just any signs, but some indicating a certain age. This is why, a part of the elements seems to be coming from a vehicle with a lower status that was launched quite a few years ago.
It’s a mixed feeling and we’ll explain why. Let’s take the buttons that control the seat heating. These manage to please you, as they offer a larger variety of setting than the usual ones and, thanks to the fact that they use an analog layout, remain in the same position the next time you enter the car, but don’t entirely manage to raise our thumb, as they look and feel like they’ve been borrowed from the walkmans we used when we were teenagers.
This Lexus seems to have a true phobia for petrol, as it not only tries to keep its engine away from petrol, but it also manages to avoid the petroleum-based plastics, using recycled ones. And don’t think that this will upset your fingers - the interior plastics are touch-friendly.
The interior space manages to successfully cater for the needs of four (sorry smart) adults, regardless of the trip’s distance. They just need to call their mothers for a quick packing lesson before they enter the car, as the luggage space isn’t even close to generous. A bit of a headache, but this is instantly forgotten once you climb aboard, as the headroom is generous, even for the back seats.
Since we’re here, we’ll also mention that, even though it is a hybrid, the CT 200h comes with three pedals. No, of course the third one is not linked to a clutch, it is used to operate the parking brake.
All in all, the CT 200h manages to be hybrid also in terms of the interior, as it combines ergonomics with a low and sporty driving position and comfortable seats, as well as with the expected level of luxury.Continue reading