Our cars: Lexus CT200h - June

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Lexus CT200h
Lexus CT200h
Lexus CT200h SE-L Premier

Week ending June 22
Mileage 10,537
Driven this week: 657


Lexus CT200h review

After a recent hiatus due to my knee operation, the CT200h’s mileage is shooting up once more.

Spending so much time in the driver’s seat again, I’m reminded of a feature that’s at odds with the Lexus’s generally high-tech cabin: the foot-operated parking brake.

To be honest, it’s a bit of a pain to use – literally in my case, because my knee is still sore. You press the pedal to put on the parking brake, then push the pedal down farther (which can require a firm shove) and let go to release the brake.

Personally, I don’t see what’s wrong with a manual handbrake, but failing that an electronic switch would be easier than an old-fashioned pedal. It also wouldn’t occasionally dig into your shin when you’re driving, as the CT’s pedal does.

Neil.Williams@whatcar.com

Lexus CT200h SE-L Premier

Week ending June 15
Mileage 9880
Driven this week: 458


Lexus CT200h review

At last, I’ve finally got behind the wheel nearly two months after my knee operation – only for someone to drive into the Lexus in the local supermarket car park!

Of course, they didn’t leave any details, and because the damage was on the passenger side, I didn’t notice until later that day.

It’s certainly not going to polish out, so it looks like the CT200h will soon be visiting a bodyshop.

Neil.Williams@whatcar.com

Week ending June 8
Current mileage 9422
Driven this week: 39


Lexus CT200h review

I'm still recovering from a knee operation, which means my girlfriend Maria is driving me around in the Lexus.

Spending time with someone who doesn't usually drive your car is interesting because you get to see if they like and dislike the same things as you.

Like me, Maria rates the comfortable driver's seat and the excellent stereo, although not the firm ride. She also wishes that the indicators flashed three times when you tap the indicator stalk; instead, they flash just once.

It's an annoying specification oversight, although it's most useful on the motorway, so isn't much of an issue at the moment seeing as the CT200h is mostly town-bound.

Neil.Williams@whatcar.com

Our cars: Lexus CT200h - May 2012

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