Prices have now been announced for the new Lexus CT 200h hybrid.
The CT 200h hybrid is a new full hybrid luxury compact car that emits just 94 g/km CO2 emissions and can manage 68.9 mpg combined cycle fuel economy. The CO2 figure, although still to be confirmed pending homologation, is reduced from the initial 96 g/km estimate.
The 94 g/km CO2 emissions compare favourably to competitors in this class, such as the 119 g/km from the BMW 118d (or 140 g/km in auto form), or 115 g/km from the Audi A3 2.0 TDI manual, or 129 g/km for the auto version.
This means that the benefit-in-kind tax rating for 2011/12 of the Lexus is 10%, compared to 13% for the BMW and Audi in manual form, or 18% in auto form.
The CT 200h will cost from £23,485 and is available to order now, with first customer deliveries in early 2011.
In the UK the CT 200h is available in three equipment grades, SE-I, SE-L and SE-L Premier.
road test of the Lexus CT 200h
in which the car achieved an excellent Green Car Guide rating of 9/10
The on-the-road pricing starting at £23,485 for the SE-I model is inclusive of VAT at 20 per cent as this takes into account the fact that, although orders may be placed now, the sales tax rate must be applied at the time of delivery – the first cars will reach customers early in 2011.
The CT 200h SE-L will cost £25,200, and the CT 200h SE-L Premier £30,635.
The CT 200h earns a Band A rating for Vehicle Excise Duty – hence a zero annual road tax bill and a 10 per cent Benefit-in-Kind charge for company car tax payers.
In terms of equipment specifications, of particular note are the first-in-segment LED headlights fitted as standard to the SE-L Premier and the availability of Lexus’s advanced radar-controlled Pre-Crash Safety (PCS) system and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).
The CT 200h also adopts Lexus’s Remote Touch multi-function control, for operation of ventilation, navigation, phone and vehicle set-up systems.
For all CT 200h grades, customers can choose between 16 or 17-inch alloy wheels.