Lexus CT 200h Advance priced from 24,495 pounds (UK)

Lexus CT 200h Advance
Lexus CT 200h Advance

Sits above the SE trim.

Lexus is offering a new version of its CT200h in United Kingdom that brings additional equipment.

Priced from 24,495 pounds, the Advance trim is 500 pounds more expensive than the SE model and adds cruise control, folding electrically-adjustable door mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror with integrated parking monitor, a new sat-nav system, reversing camera and metallic paint.

The other specifications mirror the CT 200h SE, featuring 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, fog lights, Bluetooth, push button start, dual-zone climate control and a 6-speaker sound system with USB port.

Power comes from a 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder VVT-i gasoline engine and a magnet synchronous electric motor, generating a combined output of 134 hp (100 kW). The hybrid returns 68.9 mpg UK (57.3 mpg US or 4.1 liters / 100 km) and has CO2 emissions of 94 g/km.

Source: Lexus
  • Lexus introduces high-specification, high value Advance model to the CT 200h range
  • Standard features include satellite navigation, reversing camera, auto-dimming rear-view mirror,  rain-sensing wipers, folding door mirrors and cruise control
  • Additional equipment attracts a price premium of only £500 over the CT 200h SE
  • Introduction of Lexus’s new Tahara upholstery, lighter and cleaner to produce than leather
  • Available to order now, price £24,495; first deliveries to customers before the end of the year

The season for giving may still be more than a month away but Lexus is already demonstrating its goodwill spirit with the introduction of the new CT 200h Advance, a model that comes with a prestige equipment specification at a high value price.

The new Advance slots into the CT 200h line-up just above the regular SE grade model with an enhanced equipment list that includes a new integrated satellite navigation system, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, a folding function for the electrically adjustable door mirrors, reversing camera, auto-dimming rear-view mirror with integrated parking monitor and metallic paint. In spite of gaining all these extra features, its on-the-road price is just an additional £500 compared to the SE, at £24,495.

The Advance also introduces Tahara, a supple and durable new upholstery that is an attractive alternative to leather. It weighs half as much leather and is less harmful to the environment to make, generating 65 per cent less CO2 and no potentially damaging volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Customers can choose from four metallic paint shades, including Celestial Black which is exclusive to the Advance. According to the colour chosen, the Tahara trim can be specified in black or tan.

The new model also introduces the MoveOn navigation system, which can be operated using a touch pad integrated in the centre console below the gear selector. Move On also enables access to Live information services, using a 3G connection to a SIM card that is built into the system, avoiding the need for a mobile phone link.

Customers enjoy free access for the first year to the Live services, which include TomTom Local Search, weather forecast, mobile speed cameras and HD traffic data. Thereafter an annual subscription is payable.

In other respects the Advance mirrors the CT 200h SE specification, with premium features such as dual-zone climate control, push button start, Bluetooth, fog lights, rear privacy glass, 17-inch alloy wheels and a six-speaker audio system with USB port.

Its refined and highly efficient Lexus Hybrid Drive full hybrid system delivers official figures of 94g/km (qualifying for zero annual road tax) and 68.9mpg combined cycle fuel consumption. As well as its normal driving mode, the driver can select from three on-demand modes EV, Eco and Sport, to tailor performance for greater efficiency or a more engaging drive. In EV mode the car can be driven with zero tailpipe emissions and minimal noise for up to 1.2 miles (according to road conditions and the level of charge in the hybrid battery).

The CT 200h Advance can be specified with smaller, 16-inch alloy wheels at no extra cost. Other options include front and rear parking sensors and a DAB digital tuner (which requires deletion of the Move On satellite navigation).

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Comments (5)

DarkoInem DarkoInem
this is a great car, better than audi and bmw together
Nov 9th, 2012 6:41pm
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It seems Lexus is targeting above 50 year olds that want to look below 30. As a sportier driver I would find far greater joy in a Focus ST, Golf GTi or Opel OPC. And I can't even imagine comparing the looks of the Lexus with the Opel.
Nov 8th, 2012 7:48am
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efgh efgh
lexus ct competes with bmw 1, merc a and audi a3. the cars you mention are not of the same league. having said that, i wouldnt even consider a lexus. they are soulless. plus, i am not a tree hugging hippie so i prefer turbo instead of hybrid.
Nov 8th, 2012 3:56pm
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You have a point there, the "elite" babies all share similarities, the Lexus has an ugly rear design, the BMW has an ugly front design, the Merc is overall an ugly design and the Audi has been the same for 15 years now which makes it numb to look at. I've never been a "Brand" buyer so I refuse to buy any of the premium ones while they look as they do. Right with you though on the turbo preference.
Nov 9th, 2012 7:32am
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MercLeRoux MercLeRoux
I dont know what happened to Lexus with the CT 200h, the front looks fine but the back??? And here in South Africa its soooooo expensive, for the same money I would rather buy a modern diesel, which has similar fuel economy figures... Although Lexus's are packed with features!
Nov 7th, 2012 6:43pm
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