Lexus CT Hybrid Luxury Review
Treading lightly on its own path

Story and photos by Wong C W
29 Jul 2014
 

Introduction

Lexus, like many Japanese companies, has approached the automotive business in a very cautious and carefully considered way. It is the reason why its best-sellers are a staple of saloons and SUVs, and why it has stuck by and large to naturally aspirated petrol engines. It has worked wonderfully for the brand, especially in the United States, as these tried-and-tested formulas have been perfected to allow near peerless reliability.

But as it faces more dynamic and aggressive competitors, it cannot rest in its comfort zone anymore. It made the LFA, which has one of the most magnificent V10 engines of the automotive world, and now we see Lexus creating its first-ever turbocharged petrol engine in the new boldly-styled NX SUV. Things are certainly shifting in a big way for the brand, and the story continues for Lexus Hybrid Drive.

One of Lexus’ core philosophies is its firm belief in the superiority of the petrol-electric hybrid. A champion of the technology, it stuck to them while the German competition developed turbo diesel engines that, at times, can rival the fuel economy of a hybrid and yet provide more useful torque. Lexus may have the last laugh though, as every manufacturer these days are building their own hybrids, while Lexus had them as early as ten years ago.

Its smallest and most affordable car in Singapore, the CT200h, comes only in hybrid trim. We drive it to see if Lexus’ mastery of hybrid technology has made a case for the hatchback which currently retails comfortably around or above S$200,000 (depending on trim).


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1798cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 13.0:1
Bore x Stroke (80.5 x 88.3)mm
Power 134bhp @ 5200rpm
Torque 142Nm @ 4000rpm
Power to Weight 95 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 10.3s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 180 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 24.4 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed CVT
Drive Type FF
Steering Hydraulic

Measurements

Body Type 5 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4350 x 1765 x 1455) mm
Wheelbase 2600 mm
Turning Circle 5.2 metres
Kerb Weight 1410 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs