Which? tests the Lexus CT 200hHybrid hatchback's running costs could be lower

15 June 2011

Lexus CT 200h

The Lexus CT 200h has been put through the rigorous Which? Car test

The Lexus CT 200h hybrid has been put through the rigorous Which? Car lab tests, and we've found that it lags behind the competition on running costs.

The CT 200h is the first medium car to be made by Lexus, and the first 'premium' hybrid in the sector, too.

It uses the same petrol-electric drivetrain as the Toyota Prius, so it should be cheap to run and fuel-efficient.

That's true - but we've found that it's not quite a market leader on that front.

Take a look at the Lexus CT 200h's rivals in our medium car reviews

Lexus CT 200h

The Lexus CT 200h isn't as cheap to run as you might have guessed

Eco-focused diesel better

We measured fuel economy of 58.9mpg in our tests - which is some 10mpg lower than what Lexus claims the car should do. It's still reasonable compared to some hatchback rivals, though.

That equates to annual fuel costs of £1,050 based on today's UK average unleaded price of 136p per litre and a 10,000-mile annual mileage.

However, the CT 200h's sister car, the Toyota Prius, edges it by achieving fuel economy of 61.4mpg and equivalent fuel costs of £1,005 according to our tests.

But the traditional diesel-engined VW Golf BlueMotion is better still, with fuel consumption of 68.9mpg and fuel costs of just £896.40.

However, the CT 200h not only falls short of the VW and its sister Toyota on running costs - it's also more expensive to buy. Its starting price of £23,485 is some £4,235 more than the Golf BlueMotion.

If you want to find out more about the car, take a look at our Lexus CT 200h review

See our Toyota Prius reviews here or our VW Golf reviews here

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