The smallest, cheapest Lexus you can buy. Ostensibly, it’s a rival for the Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series, though, unlike the dizzying array of engine and trim options available from the Germans, Lexus offers the CT in few specifications. And there’s only one engine. That happens to be a 1.8-litre petrol- electric hybrid system – pretty much the same as in Toyota’s Prius. The Lexus looks more conventional than the Prius, but it’s still a bit of a left-field choice.
Not only is the Lexus CT200h the world’s first full-hybrid entrant in the ‘compact premium’ car category, but it is also Lexus’s first compact model. It was previewed by the LF-Ch concept shown at Frankfurt in 2009.