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Lexus CT 200h Hybrid Car Review

By on July 31, 2011
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The Quarterback of the Hybrid World

Good: Phenomenal Range & Fuel Efficiency, Smooth Ride, bullet-proof build quality
Bad: Power Deficiency, Small Boot Space.
Price: AED 162,000 as reviewed. Base model starts at AED 132,000.
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

On the road, the CT 200h handles like a sports car – despite being front wheel drive. Thrown into a corner, it’ll remain flat all the way through. The ride quality on this car is excellent. Vibrations are non-existent and wind noise is negligible at highway speeds. The cabin remains a quiet & comfortable place to be in, even on long distance runs. Safety features include 8 airbags, a traction control system and ABS.

However, it’s when you’re stuck in rush-hour traffic that things get interesting – that’s when you can use one of the car’s 4 drive modes – the “EV mode”. Pressing a small button on the console; literally turns the car electric. As long as you keep the speed below 40 Kmph, the CT 200h will run off its batteries, producing zero CO2 & consuming no petrol. The car’s batteries are charged by its electric motor during coasting or cruising – and by its regenerative braking system – which essentially puts the motor into “reverse” causing it act like a generator and slowing the car down. It’s a perfect solution for bumper-to-bumper, stop & go traffic.

The Lexus’s exterior styling will probably lead to a divided fan following, you’ll either like it or you won’t. The car looks a bit like the love child of a Mazda 3 hatchback & a Lexus IS 300. It does however have very pretty, LED Daytime Running Lights & LED low-beams. So if you buy one, you’ll probably be compelled to leave the lights on all the time.

As car reviewers, we’re presented with all kinds of cars – some handle well, some have astonishing 0-60 times, some are simply great value for money – but regular cars are not specifically built around CO2 emissions, mileage & recyclability. This is why it’s important to not judge Hybrids with the same yardstick we use for other vehicles. They’re an entirely different breed of car. The CT 200h manages to take the Hybrid badge & adds flair and style to it. It’s the proverbial quarterback of the Hybrid world.

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