Lexus CT 200h (2011-2020) practicality & boot space
Rear space is restricted by the location of the Lexus CT 200h battery pack
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Front-seat passengers are well catered for in terms of space and storage options, but adults travelling in the rear might feel hard done by. The location of the battery pack results in a high-set rear bench, while legroom is also compromised. Boot space is par for the course in the class, but rivals offer more luggage capacity with the rear seats folded down.
Lexus CT 200h interior space, storage & comfort
Hybrid technology was come a long way in the seven years since the Lexus CT first hit the streets, especially in terms of battery size and interior packaging. So, while the likes of the Toyota Prius and Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid offer good interior space and storage, the Lexus CT 200h is found wanting. The front-seat passengers should have little cause for complaint, with decent space and plenty of storage options throughout the interior, but the main issues are to be found in the back.
The battery pack is located under the rear seats, which results in a high-set seating position, affecting the headroom for tall passengers. Legroom is also an issue, especially if there are tall people sitting in the front. It can feel a touch claustrophobic in the back, with a high window line and a low and sloping roofline two contributing factors to the feeling of being closed in.
The Lexus CT 200h offers 375 litres of boot space, extending to 985 litres with the rear seats folded down. While not as commodious as some of its conventionally engined rivals, it’s more than you’d find in the Volkswagen Golf GTE (272 litres) and Audi A3 e-tron (280 litres).
However, fold the rear seats down in the A3 e-tron and the luggage capacity swells to 1,120 litres, while the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid offers 443 litres of boot space with the seats up and 1,505 litres with them folded down. This demonstrates the advances in batteries and packaging since the CT was launched in 2011.
In the CT 200h’s favour is the fact that the boot floor is flush with the lip, making for easy loading, and there’s a very shallow storage cubby beneath the boot floor. A Protection Pack, comprising boot liner, bumper protection plate, cargo net and rubber floor mats, is available as an optional extra.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Lexus CT 200h is no longer available to buy new, but makes for a decent and well-equipped secondhand hybrid buy
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsYou’ll achieve decent fuel economy in the Lexus CT 200h, but newer rivals could offer 10-20mpg more
- 3Running costsThe Lexus CT 200h offers reasonable running costs, although newer hybrids will be cheaper to run
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Lexus CT 200h is let down by its sluggish performance and poor ride and handling
- 5Interior & comfortPeerless build quality and upmarket materials lift an otherwise dated interior in the Lexus CT 200h
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingRear space is restricted by the location of the Lexus CT 200h battery pack
- 7Reliability & safetyThe Lexus CT 200h is one of the most reliable cars in its class, while safety is another plus point