First drive: Lexus CT200h

Martyn Collins

The CT200h might be Lexus's first premium C-sector rival to the Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series, but it's also the world's first compact premium hybrid. The baby Lexus uses the same petrol-electrical drivetrain as the Toyota Prius and Auris HSD, but is there more to the CT200h than being a classy version of the Prius? We hit UK roads for a first drive to find out.

The result of the hybrid drivetrain in the CT200h (CT stands for Compact Tourer), are best in class emissions at 94g/km. On top of this, because the Lexus falls under the magic 100g/km CO2 figure, it costs nothing to tax and has an impressive combined fuel consumption figure of 68.9mpg.