Lexus CT 200h (2011-2020) reliability & safety
The Lexus CT 200h is one of the most reliable cars in its class, while safety is another plus point
|Euro NCAP rating||Adult protection rating||Child protection rating||Safety assist rating|
|5 stars (2011 – rating expired)||94%||84%||85%|
The Lexus CT 200h is a bit long in the tooth, but it remains a paragon of reliability, with owners rating its build quality and engine refinement. Safety is also a plus point, although the Euro NCAP rating dates back to 2011 and has now expired.
Lexus CT 200h reliability & problems
Lexus is always a strong performer in our Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, as highlighted by some impressive results in 2018. The Lexus CT finished joint ninth in the top 10 most reliable new cars with a score of 94.55%. Owners praised its build quality and engine refinement. Meanwhile, the CT was ranked 30th on the list of the best cars to own, scoring 91.07%. Good, solid scores and proof that owners rate their cars over a long period of time.
It’s no surprise, then, that Lexus finished top of the list of best car manufacturers, performing well for comfort, quality and safety. Lexus took the class win for reliability. If you’re after assurances about the hybrid system, Lexus finished second in the engine and gearbox category. Lexus finished first in the best car dealers category, not ranking lower than fourth place in any individual category. Dealers were praised for their courteous staff, excellent communication, quality of work and customer service.
The Lexus CT 200h was awarded the maximum five-star crash safety rating when it was tested by Euro NCAP in 2011. Broken down into the individual categories, the CT 200h scored 94% and 84% for adult and child occupant safety respectively, 55% for pedestrian safety and 85% for safety assistance systems. It’s worth bearing in mind that the Euro NCAP safety test and scoring criteria has changed in the years since the CT 200h was crash-tested, so a car that received a five-star rating in 2011 may not necessary receive the same award in 2018.
All trims feature the excellent Lexus Safety System+ package, comprising adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance with sway warning, automatic high beam and road-sign assistance. All models feature eight airbags, ISOFIX child-seat anchors on the outer rear seats and hill-start assistance. Mandatory safety equipment includes anti-lock brakes, tyre-pressure monitoring, electronic stability control and traction control.
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 spaceRear space is restricted by the location of the Lexus CT 200h battery pack
- 7Reliability & safety - currently readingThe Lexus CT 200h is one of the most reliable cars in its class, while safety is another plus point