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Lexus's baby hybrid receives a slew of upgrades, allowing it to look and drive better.

09 Jul 2014

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Introduced here in early 2011, the CT200h is the only entry-level compact executive hybrid in the market and is also Lexus' first hatchback.

The CT200h has always lived in the shadow of more talented rivals, but the recent facelift aims to add an exciting driving experience to the car's strong efficiency.

More than 90 improvements have been made to achieve sharper looks, greater comfort and more responsive handling

Up close and Personal

The biggest change for the CT200h is the addition of Lexus' signature spindle grille that brings it in line with the rest of the models in the stable.

It gives the front fascia of the car a sleeker and sportier look and when complemented by full LED head lights, the new CT200h does make an impression as it rolls into the driveway.

And for the first time, a two-tone colour option is offered, with a sporty darkened roof as seen on the test car here.

It's pretty much the same inside the CT200h and the car lives up to Lexus' reputation for luxury, thanks to upmarket materials and peerless build quality.

New to the cabin then is the leather wrapped three-spoke steering wheel as seen in the Lexus IS, complete with multi-function switches and is a delight to hold.

Attention to detail is kept at a high level, such as this nifty mobile phone slot for the driver or passenger

Keener eyes will also notice that the 'umbrella handle' gear lever has been leather wrapped and the car receives a new Remote Touch Controller seen on other Lexus cars.

This results in improved access to the second generation Remote Touch Interface, which is displayed on a new fixed 7.0-inch screen. As you would come to expect, all these changes make the car more attractive than before.

The 375-litre luggage area is decent, and folding the rear bench liberates 985 litres for more cargo. More importantly, the boot floor is flush with the lip, making for easy loading and unloading.

Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors


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Engine Type


4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC VVT-i

Engine Cap





100kW (134 bhp)



142 Nm




Acceleration (0-100 km/h)



Top Speed



Fuel consumption



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