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Revamped Lexus CT200h is a winner

After tweaks, CT200h remains restrained to maintain economy

Published on Jun 7, 2014 11:26 AM
The Lexus CT200h has been given a facelift, which includes a new spindle grille. -- ST PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER TAN

Driving a Lexus is always a pleasure, even if the car is not an entirely new model but one with a minor facelift.

Why? Because you can always count on a car that is well put together.

There is not a hint of cabin rattle, the windows operate noiselessly and body panels are aligned precisely, with shutlines as narrow and uniform as gaps on a fine-tooth comb.

The engine transmits barely any vibration into the passenger cell, the brakes do not squeal, the seats do not creak and the springs do not squeak.

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Price: $219,000 with COE

Engine: 1,798cc 16-valve inline-4 with high-output electric motor

Transmission: Continuously-variable transmission with manual select

Power: 134bhp at 5,200rpm

Torque: 142Nm at 4,400rpm

0-100kmh: 10.3 seconds

Top speed: 180kmh

Fuel consumption: 4.1 litres/100km

Agent: Borneo Motors