Fifth Gear Reviews the Lexus CT 200h

UK TV show Fifth Gear included a short review of the Lexus CT 200h in their latest episode (jump to 12:35 to get straight to it):

Too bad the review is dominated by a thoroughly cranky Tiff Needel — there’s absolutely no reason to give any modern car such a low grade (Tiff scored the CT 200h at 2/10, where the other presenters averaged 6/10). I have no idea what point he was trying to prove, other than to undermine his own objectivity. Poor showing on his part.


  1. Looks like Needel is trying to build a new character... Top Gear ftw! If I want proper, pointless criticisms for entertainment, I will never look past Jezza, Hamster, and Captain Slow! (I'm sure May would love the car though.)
  2.  The CT is a good looking, well handling, economy oriented luxury hatchback and needs to be evaluated on those parameters. It is not an IS-F, going fast is not the point. If people want fast cars they can buy IS350s or the like. The CT is an option for those who want high mileage. 
  3. This is not built as a sport car. Not all cars need to be sports oriented. The richness only Lexus can give to this segment gives the CT200h a true advantage. Fifth Gear and Top Gear are entertainment rather than infotainment. 
  4. This guy is really low quality critic but I must admit he is a good entertainer! :-) He is complaining about such a low important and highly subjective areas that it just makes me thinking that he wasn't there for the car review but for the pure entertainment instead! I think I am starting to like him. :-) Best quote: "The wheels are too small!" :-)
  5. Tiff Needel and Victor Meldrew. Separated at birth?
  6. Maybe when he made a positive comment about the LFA, he wanted one from Lexus... Since Lexus give him nothing he's making a little revenge... Or maybe he was just upset by something in that day. 2 out of 10 is just ridiculous.