Lexus CT 200h Reviewed by What Car? Readers


Lexus recently teamed up with What Car? to provide the magazine’s readers an advanced look at the CT 200h — here’s what they had to say:

Opinions seem to vary wildly, but the balance between like & dislikes seemed fairly even — one thing that stuck out to me was how comfortable the interior looks with someone sitting inside:

Lexus CT 200h Interior

At the end of the video, the presenter mentions that “prices haven’t been officially announced, but we expect [the CT 200h] to cost between £22,000 & £26,000″ — let’s do a little bit of math to see what that might mean for the US price:

  • A LS 600hL in the UK is £73,625 before tax, or $114,797USD converted directly. An equivalent LS 600hL in the USA comes in at $114,620USD — a very minor difference of $177, or 0.1%.
  • A GS 450h in the UK is £35,757 before tax, or $55,752USD. An equivalent GS 450h in the USA comes in at $59,730USD — meaning that the US GS is $3,978 more expensive by 7.7%.

Assuming the price quoted by What Car? is before VAT, and that we take the average of the LSh/GSh price difference (which equals 3.9% more expensive in the US) — the CT 200h could start at $35,639 in the USA, with the fully loaded model coming in at $42,120.

(Hardly an exact science, but it’s always fun to speculate.)

Update: Just been informed that UK prices always include VAT — which throws my entire speculative price out the window. Let’s try again:

  • A LS 600hL in the UK is £86,510, or $134,886USD converted directly. An equivalent LS 600hL in the USA comes in at $114,620USD — a difference of $20,266, or 17.6%.
  • A GS 450h in the UK is £42,015, or $65,616. An equivalent GS 450h in the USA comes in at $59,730USD — a difference of $5,886, or 9.8%.

If we take the average of the LSh/GSh price difference (which translates to an average of 13.7% less expensive in the US), the CT 200h could start at $29,650 in the USA, with the fully loaded model coming in at $35,041.

Comments


  • WorldofLuxury

    meh It’s still a 200

  • Vogel

    The dash board looks really great.

    I hope the prices are not too high!

  • Eddie

    Just wish it was a little bit bigger and longer for more space all around. I hope Lexus designs a car around the style of the New A7, Panamara, and Rapide. :-D
    and SOON!

  • Troy

    I love it. I have a ’99 Lexus GS300 that I purchased new in ’99. I have been waiting, and waiting. I almost gave in to the new Prius because I really want a hybrid. This is exactly what I’m looking for. As for 70mpg, we’ll see about that.

  • Eljay

    The starting price here in Norway is estimated to approx. 340 000 crowns,which is what one has to pay for a top of the line Prius.

  • seal

    @Eljay:

    @Eljay i don’t know where have you got that price but i can ensure you it is WRONG!

    Price range for Europe will be (for all EU countries) : (starting) 26.500 (ending) 32.000 euros and will cost (base edition) less than Prius.. 8-)

  • Travis

    Why are people bringing up the Pruis ? This is a much better car.

    LOL @ the guy that said it look BLAND.. its far from that. Looks great… I like the fact that its small and it looks as if it will be very nimble.

  • Eljay

    seal wrote:@Eljay:

    @Eljay i don’t know where have you got that price but i can ensure you it is WRONG!

    Price range for Europe will be (for all EU countries) : (starting) 26.500 (ending) 32.000 euros and will cost (base edition) less than Prius..

    I got this from the local Lexus dealership,and they ought to know.

  • seal

    @Eljay:

    I’ve just checked the pricelist of the rest of Lexus models in Norway .. Car prices in Norway are extremely high too!! Why is that ? :/

  • WorldofLuxury

    @seal: Different sort of taxes and the likes…

  • seal

    @WorldofLuxury:

    It is time for europian countries to agree on a common tax policy … :/

  • WorldofLuxury

    @seal: lol Not gonna happen. The whole European Union thing with their Euros and all is enough trouble as it is.

  • http://youtube.com/icheckvtec LFAaddict

    I’m loving the matte black paint. Hating the fingerprints.

  • http://youtube.com/icheckvtec LFAaddict

    Is it me or did it say “drives: Lexus LS 250″? Typo?

  • http://youtube.com/icheckvtec LFAaddict

    @LFAaddict:
    On the hood I mean. But the car itself did look very dusty.

  • Lexusluver

    Travis wrote:LOL @ the guy that said it look BLAND.. its far from that. Looks great… I like the fact that its small and it looks as if it will be very nimble.

    Yeah this car is the least bland looking production compact hatchback I’ve ever seen, but I’ve disliked that brown paint from the beginning. It just does not look good.