The third motor in our top family hatchbacks series is arguably the most high-end choice here, the Lexus CT200h. Japan’s answer to the Mercedes/ BMW/ Audi trio of hatchbacks, attempting to sway buyers with high-quality interior materials and impressive build quality.
The CT200h has been on sale since 2011, you’ll no doubt have seen plenty on the roads, but the model received a facelift and updates in 2018. The car underneath is fundamentally the same pre- and post-facelift so if you are looking to save money, opting for the older car will not leave you missing out on many updates. The newer car promises improved safety and a more modern exterior design style.
The CT200h is offered with just one engine and gearbox combination. A hybrid assisted petrol engine, not a particularly powerful engine but one that Lexus claims can provide more than 50mpg on the combined cycle.
Standard equipment even in the base trim specs is very generous. The SE includes dual-zone air conditioning, rain sensing wipers and a reverse camera. From here you can choose higher trim levels to include larger wheels, sat nav and more connectivity. The Lexus though cannot match the technology on offer from more modern rivals.
Other Car Review in this series:
- Hyundai i30 (2017 – 2020)
- Mazda 3 (2019 – 2020)
- Subaru Impreza (2017 – 2020)
- Alfa Romeo Giulietta (2016 – 2020)
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Jack Gill is a freelance car journalist and fully qualified mechanical engineer. Joining the team as Carsnip’s newest contributor and long-time writer on Drivetribe. Jack has a lifetime passion for all things automotive, from new supercars to rusty old hatchbacks, and if he’s not behind the wheel, he’ll likely be found under the bonnet or browsing the Carsnip search engine.