Lexus CT 200h MPG & CO2 emissions

You’ll achieve decent fuel economy in the Lexus CT 200h, but newer rivals could offer 10-20mpg more

Unlike electric or plug-in hybrid cars, the Lexus CT 200h isn’t designed with pure-electric range in mind, but the hybrid system will seek to maximise the overall petrol-electric range. The CT even boasts a number of features designed to maximise efficiency.

Lexus has fitted an energy-saving air-conditioning system, used LED lighting and equipped the CT with an energy-efficient stereo, all with an eye on eco driving. There are three driving modes – EV, Eco and Sport – with the car operating in EV mode from start-up and at speeds below 28mph. This makes it ideal for town and city driving, although you shouldn’t expect much more than one or two miles of electric range before the battery needs recharging.

Lexus CT 200h MPG & CO2

Claimed fuel economy is 67.3mpg when riding on 16-inch alloy wheels, dropping to 64.2mpg on the larger 17-inch wheels. Excellent figures for a petrol-engined hatchback, but while they were impressive in 2011, technology has moved on.

For example, a Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid could return a claimed 78.5mpg, while a Toyota Prius hybrid offers a claimed 83.1mpg. In all cases, the figures will only be achieved in the right conditions and with a light foot, but it’s also worth remembering that both the Ioniq and the Prius are also available as plug-in hybrid models.

On the one hand, the plug-in hybrids offer the advantage of providing sufficient electric range for a typical daily commute, which might make them more attractive to some buyers. For others, the ‘self-charging hybrid’ nature of the CT 200h might be enough to tip the balance in the Lexus’ favour.

Based on the claimed fuel-economy figures and the size of the CT’s petrol tank, you should be able to get 400 to 450 miles out of a full tank, although regular use of EV mode will add a few miles of range.