Lexus CT200h Advance Review
When looking at suitable options for your company fleet of hatch backs, most will automatically look at the likes of the VW Golf, Audi A3, Vauxhall Astra, KIA Ceed and the like. However, if you are looking to improve your green credentials your selection is narrowed somewhat to the likes of the rather unstylish Toyota Prius, the new eGolf and the Lexus CT200h.
For those not in the know, Lexus is the premium sibling of Toyota as is Infiniti to Nissan. With this in mind, in the Lexus you are presented with the impressive reliability associated with the Toyota brand as well as their background technology and R&D which is not a bad thing at all. What Lexus does bring to the table is improved build quality and materials to make the Lexus feel a little more special that a Toyota.
Getting back to the CT200h on test, this is a smart looking hatch which shares the mode edgy styling of the RX (SUV) and IS (Saloon) in the range. It is a good size and is also well appointed. The standard CT comes with Dual Zone Climate Control, Bluetooth Hands Free, Alloy Wheels and the other usual basics. The Advance model on test (aimed at the fleet sector), raises the bar with Keyless Entry, Heated Front Seats, Sat Nav, larger 17³ Alloy Wheels, and Cruise Control (all as standard).
Whilst the level of technology is good in the CT200h, what it unfortunately lacks on the inside is any real soul or style. Whilst it has inherited may positive things from Toyota it has also inherited the dull, grey, plastic, look from Toyota as well. Whilst the A-Class adds a bit of glitz and the Golf is business like, the CT is just¦..bland.
One of the key things of course is its hybrid credentials. Running the 1.8l Lexus Atkinson Cycle engine to provide both drive to the wheels as well as to charge the on board battery the CT produces a reasonable 134hp and will get you to 62mph in just under 10s. This is adequate enough, however in real world driving, it certainly felt a little underpowered and when pushed was quite
harsh with the engine noise invading the cabin more that a diesel would. When it comes to economy, unfortunately it is more bad news. With a combined 42mpg this is notably worse than all its diesel competitors and mainly on par with many of its standard petrol rivals too. Taking this into account, and the added premium of this vehicle being a hybrid, costing over £21,000 for the spartan entry level model and over £24,000 for the Advance on test, it is difficult to see the business case for opting for the CT hybrid over a Diesel Golf.
On the leasing side of things, coming in under £300+VAT a month (on a standard 3+35 / 10,000mpa contract, the CT200h is not particularly expensive, however comparing it to the VW Golf coming in around £200+VAT a month, it is not surprising that the fleet market has not taken to the Lexus CT hybrid particularly well and whilst the BIK will be far more attractive for the company car driver, the added premium for the fleet manager would most likely cause the CT to be off the list.
If you would like to find out more about the Lexus hybrid range, or any other vehicle to lease for you or your business, please contact JCS Fleet on 01223 911 761 or complete the online enquiry form below.