2014 Lexus CT 200h review by Jeremy Clarkson | Driving.co.uk

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Lexus CT 200h

IN THE latter stages of my grandmother’s illness she would drive Doncaster and spend a pleasant in the town’s poshest dress corpsing with derisive at everyone who came out of the changing “No,” she’d howl, at the frock the customer had just on. “Nooo, noooo, noooo. Horrid. Nasty.”

I wish I had the to do the same thing, because of the retail choices people leave me perplexed. I stand in a at the newsagent’s watching someone buy Butler cigarettes and I think, you an imbecile?” Then they buy a of the Daily Mirror and I think, You are.”

I go to people’s houses and see sofas and think, “Did the not have a choice? Were children being held Are you blind?”

It happens all the time. who have BlackBerry telephones than something from People who shop at Tesco than Waitrose. People in People with an L and G TV rather a Sony Bravia. People who buy in Hackney. It’s all too baffling for — that you could have that is excellent but you choose to have something nasty.

It doesn’t happen so much on the because I can usually work out what. People buy Peugeots they know nothing cars. People buy Hyundais they want something and cheap, Audis because play squash, Rolls-Royces they are Sir Sugar and Range in black because the pharmaceutical is going well. I understand all But I must admit that in months I’ve been a bit by the sheer number of examples of the CT 200h I’ve seen hither and thither.

Unfortunately, is a bit of a drawback with this It is absolutely dreadful. Worse anything I’ve driven in a very long time.

As far as I it has not been the subject of an advertising and in any event this often no difference. Jaguar is carpet-bombing the poster sites and commercial with its F-type and I still seen one on the road.

So it’s not a push that’s causing to say, “Yes, I would to spend 25,000 of my pounds on a Lexus.”

Nor is it the concept. It’s not a hatchback in the sense. And neither is it a sporty estate like, say, the HPE. It’s a sort of blend of the two, much the Vauxhall Signum. And from Vauxhall sold only none of those.

Styling? Oh, the designers have done all the things, but then they’ve the CT’s body onto look like four from a sofa. The result is a car resembles an aircraft carrier on a pram.

Plainly, to unravel the of this vehicle’s undoubted I had to do some digging. So I did. And now I the answer. Today we live in a of the world where miles per has surpassed miles per hour as thing that matters”. And car is a hybrid, which means it can do 70mpg.

I can see exactly why people be interested in that. And I can see why their would be maintained all the way through the process. Lexuses are well They come with appointed cabins. The after-sales is second to none.

And best of you get the Toyota Prius’s running without coming across as a holier-than- thou, weird-beard This, then, is a car for people who very interested in saving the but would quite like to a few quid on the way to work. That’s common sense. Unfortunately, is a bit of a drawback with this It is absolutely dreadful. Worse anything I’ve driven in a very long time.

Lexus is responsible for the best car driven — the LFA — and the worst, the SC 430. So we it is capable of a howler. And boy has it made one

Apparently it noted the fact most of its cars are bought by freemasons. So it decided that the CT appeal to a younger set. is almost certainly why Lexus has it a suspension that’s so hard, it be used to smash ice. The is a ride that’s way beyond It’s up there with

Then there’s the engine, is worse, and the gearbox, which is the nastiest bit of the car. Apart the boot, which is the size of an old purse.

I wasn’t expecting it to be But neither was I expecting something barely accelerates at all. of the stupid stepless gearbox you get a lot of noise every time you put foot down — and I mean a lot — but no actual increase in speed. says it goes from 0 to in 10.3 seconds. Autocar recorded a two-way 0-60mph of 11.1 seconds, and I don’t how it managed that, because I got of waiting for 60mph to arrive and up.

Lexus CT 200h

The marketing for the CT says: “The you go, the more interesting it gets.” But simply isn’t true. It more annoying the further you go. because no matter how hard you try it go very far at all. Not in the lifespan of a human being.

And to make the experience worse, the CT is fitted an idiotic dashboard that’s of readouts I don’t understand. one needle that flails for no obvious reason and a blue that comes on every you take your foot off the And then there’s a message permanently says, “Ready”. I work that out at all. for what? Armageddon? The next strike? The result of the vote on independence?

I therefore consulted the instruction which is longer than the and makes even less One passage says you mustn’t aerosols in the boot, and there are about the dangers of leaving a lighter in the car when it’s You are also told that if you a nap in the car it may start moving. The “Ready” apparently means the hybrid is ready. But I knew that Because I was driving it.

The marketing for the CT “The further you go, the more it gets.” But this simply true. It gets more the further you go.

There are some things about the CT, though I think what they are at the Er. yes. It is capable of sipping as a vicar sips tea. And are tax benefits. But if you want to keep up other traffic — tractors, that sort of thing — going to need to thrash the engine and the moronic gearbox, will cause the mpg to tumble.

Let me put it way. A few years ago we drove a hybrid flat-out round the Top test track for 10 laps. And it more fuel than a BMW M3 had been following in its tyre at the same speed.


Which brings me to the only possible for the CT: don’t buy it. If you want economy, buy a normal car and drive it

Clarkson’s verdict

The only car makes a Prius look

Lexus CT 200h
Lexus CT 200h
Lexus CT 200h
Lexus CT 200h

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