Our cars: Lexus CT200h - October

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Lexus CT200h SE-L Premier

Week ending October 12,
Current mileage 18,920
Driven this week: 48 miles


The CT200h goes back to Lexus in a coupe of days. I won't miss it.

It's a shame, because a small family car with all the usual Lexus qualities of excellent customer service, painless ownership and generous equipment, combined with a tax-efficient and economical petrol-electric drivetrain, should have been a pleasure to live with for a year.

Sadly, my abiding memories will be of the CT's awful ride and refinement, cramped cabin and boot, slothful performance and poor real-world fuel tank range.

Neil.Williams@whatcar.com

Week ending October 5
Current mileage 18,872
Miles driven this week: 513 miles


You certainly can't accuse my CT200h SE-L Premier of being poorly equipped.

Heated leather seats, sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, a 13-speaker stereo, front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry and LED headlights are all standard.

Even all four electric windows are fully 'one touch', so they automatically go up and down at the tap of a button. Another neat touch is how the windows slow to a stop, which means there's no unrefined 'thunk'. Clever.

Less clever is the positioning of the switches. They're too far forward on the driver's door, so your hand naturally falls on the rear-window controls, whereas the front ones are a slight stretch away.

It's a small thing, but then Lexus prides itself on getting the details right.

Neil.Williams@whatcar.com

Our cars: Lexus CT200h - September

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