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NAPIER MAIL, MAY 18, 2011
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Sales of new and pre-owned passenger cars.
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84 Carlyle Street, Napier
Phone 834 2340 www.mbhb.co.nz
See Ron or Paul at
Main Road, Bay View
Phone 836 6126
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Even if you don't buy one of ours
is not as good a ride
much the same
as its posher,
Beautiful build; better car and better value than
Prius; base model best.
Confused styling; not sporty; harsh ride quality
on top models.
With a bit more ''go'' it would be the car that
Lexus purports it to be.
Don't bother with the more
expensive ones, the best CT Lexus
is also the cheapest, writes
I was just a tad disappointed with my first drive
of the CT200h Lexus. The only models on hand for
the car s launch were the Limited and F-Sport
versions, each of which failed to impress me with
their ride quality.
For me the Lexus brand has always been about
ride quality. Even the previous cheapest Lexus,
the iS, is now a paragon over bumps and rills
having become in its recent iterations as smooth a
compact executive car as you can find.
Which is why I requested some time in the
newest bearer of the cheapest Lexus mantle,
figuring that instead of the posher models lower
profile wheels and tyres, its 16-inch items might
provide it with the decent level of ride quality
possessed by the majority of the brand s offerings.
It worked. The low-rent CT is everything its
more expensive siblings aren t. It patters among
the alarmingly swollen manhole mountains in and
around Christchurch with the judder and jolt-free
nonchalance expected of a Lexus.
The good thing is, there appears to be little in
the way of handling compromise. If anything, the
electric power steering is a touch more informative
and the sense that the driver is at the very ful-
crum of the car s cornering attitude is always
Also, from the Lexus finely-organised driving
position, the car has a seat-of-the-pants feel about
it that deserves rather more power than its albeit
frugal hybrid system affords.
It s delightfully languid when left to its own
devices in tight traffic and when open-road cruis-
ing, but when you require a quicker sprint,
through more accelerative gearing and better
engine response, it s advisable to twist the console
knob to Sport which sharpens the car, giving it a
demeanour closer to a performance car.
The knob can be used to select electric power or
EV, for stealthy driveway progress, and when you
ask for Eco the car will make best use of its
hybrid resources so that it is slow to deplete bat-
tery storage and the fuel tank. Normal is just
that, and is the one setting I least used. For all
that and with a lot of town and around work, I did
manage a 4.5L/100km average during my tenure
of the car and would have done even better if I
hadn t been in Sport so much, trying to find that
elusive performance factor.
For its $51,500 - which is $12,000 less expensive
than the top Prius and less than $2000 more
costly than the cheapest version - the plain
CT200h leaves a little out when its specification is
compared with those of the $67,600 Limited and
$69,000 F-Sport. True, its styling suggests front
and rear designers who have never met, and its
interior and luggage space are only Corolla-sized,
while some extra grunt would be appealing, but
for $51,500 I call it very good buying as a way into
Lexus ownership on a pretty achievable budget.
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