- Impressive green credentials
- High-class interior
- Generous equipment
- Not much fun to drive
- Unrefined ride quality
- Noisy gearbox
Stylish hybrid hatchback
The Lexus CT is the Japanese manufacturer’s flagship hybrid car. Japanese car-makers are known for their commitment to making cars for the future, and that is what the CT tries to achieve. First introduced in 2011, this prestigious family hatchback goes up against the BMW 1 Series and the Audi A3 in a hugely contested market. What the CT has in abundance is style, as both the exterior, and interior, are up there with the best in the class. Unfortunately however, it’s not the most refined, nor is it particularly fun to drive. But if you’re looking for a family hatchback that’s kind to the environment, and cheap to run, the CT is worth serious consideration.
Luxurious, high-quality interior, with generous equipment
If there’s one area in which the CT really excels, it’s in its interior. There are few cars that exude the quality and design of the CT, especially in the cabin. There’s also a fair amount of storage space, and you’ll get plenty of kit no matter which model you go for.
When you step inside the Lexus CT you’ll be immediately struck by the unique design of the dashboard. It sweeps across the car like the control room of a spaceship, with the pop-up screen being the centre-point. It’s not all style without substance either, as the quality of materials used is very impressive, with soft-touch materials featuring in almost every area. Controls are a little unique and tricky to get used to, but people didn’t know how to use computers when they first arrived on the scene either.
Space wise, the CT is actually pretty impressive when you consider that it’s a hybrid car. With a 375 litre boot capacity, it’s not far off the Audi A3 (380 litres), and actually bigger than the BMW 1 Series (360 litres). There’s also a small boot lip, so getting heavy items in and out of the CT should be nice and easy, and the rear seats fold completely flat for when you need extra storage.
Equipment levels in the CT are generous, no matter which model you choose to go for. Even the entry-level S trim comes with alloy wheels, automatic wipers, dual-zone climate control, and a 7” infotainment system, which controls the Bluetooth, DAB radio, and USB connections. If you want sat-nav you’ll have to upgrade to the Advance spec, which also adds cruise control, heated front seats, parking sensors, and keyless entry.
The inside of the CT is without doubt one of its strongest points. It’s stylish, well-built, and for a hybrid car surprisingly practical. There’s also a tonne of standard equipment, so you’ll know you’ll be getting great value for money.
Decent handling, but not the most comfortable
If a car looks as sporty as the CT does, you would expect it to handle in a similar manner. Whilst the CT handles itself pretty well, it’s most certainly not a sports car. There’s plenty of grip through the corners, and body roll is kept in check, but the steering offers little-to-no feedback. It’s not the sort of car that you’d want to be taking out on a sunday B-road blast too often, that’s for sure.
Suspension and Chassis
The ride quality is also less than impressive in the CT. The stiff chassis and suspension may keep the body roll in check, but it also compromises comfort. Rough surfaces, potholes, and speed bumps all jolt through into the cabin, which makes for an uncomfortable ride. Cars fitted with the F Sport suspension system are even rougher, so it’s probably worth avoiding these models. Road and wind noise are also quite intrusive at speed, so the CT isn’t the best motorway cruiser either.
There’s only one transmission option the CT, and it’s less than impressive. CVT automatic gearboxes aren’t known for their smoothness, or their refinement, and the one found in the CT isn’t any different. It’s noisy, and slow to respond, especially at higher speeds. Around town it’s ok, but it’s definitely not suited to long distance driving.
Super efficient hybrid only
The main talking point with the CT is undoubtedly its hybrid engine. It’s built specifically to accommodate this technology, so there’s only the one option available. The CT combines a 1.8 litre petrol engine with an electric motor to produce 134bhp. It’ll accelerate the CT from 0-62mph in 10.3 seconds, but it’s certainly not quick, especially when you consider how sporty the car looks from the outside. It’s also quite noisy when you get it up to speed, though it’s almost silent around town.
Eco-friendly buyers will undoubtedly be attracted to the CT, thanks to its exemplary eco-credentials. The most efficient CT is the entry-level S model, which produces just 82g/km of CO2 emissions. That’s mightily impressive, and it makes the CT one of the most eco-friendly cars on sale today. It also makes the CT road-tax exempt, which is sure to be a hit with money savers, especially when you consider that the CT can achieve up to 78.5mpg.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, impressive safety equipment
Like nearly every car in its class, the Lexus CT easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 94% in adult safety, 84% in child safety, and 55% in pedestrian safety, the CT proves to be one of the safest cars in its class, especially for adults. The CT also comes as standard with eight airbags and electronic stability control.
Excellent value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Lexus CT represents great value for money for buyers. Due to it’s super-efficient green engine, running costs are exceptionally low. You won’t pay road tax on any CT, and you certainly won’t be spending much time at the petrol station, particularly if you use the CT predominantly in town.
Insurance costs in the CT are also pretty reasonable. It compares well with rivals, and no model of CT exceeds group 21, with the cheapest 200h 1.8 S model falling into group 17. The most expensive model is the range-topping 200h 1.8 Premier, which is in group 21.
Depreciation is a large factor with the Lexus CT, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Lexus CT is a great family hatchback for buyers whose primary concern is eco-credentials. It’s not as fun to drive as rivals, nor is it the most refined, but it does offer a high quality interior, a great safety record, and unbeatable fuel efficiency. If you want to save money and the planet, but don’t want to compromise on quality, the Lexus CT should be right at the top of your shopping list.
Buying a used Lexus CT online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Lexus CT for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used CT. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Lexus CT online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Lexus? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Lexus CT, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used CT, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Carspring Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Lexus to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.