Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
No CT is what you’d call cheap – even the basic SE model is a few thousand pounds more expensive than the A3 and 1 Series. Given that there are no tax benefits for a private buyer, the CT makes most sense as a company car.
You won’t have to pay the surcharge placed on diesel-powered rivals, and CO2 emissions are lower than those of most other upmarket family cars, so the CT costs usefully less in terms of benefit-in-kind tax.