motoring / 15/07/2011

Test Drive: Lexus CT 200h

I was invited to test drive the new Lexus hybrid vehicle, (launching in August locally) the Lexus CT 200h F Sport. The experience was filmed and as someone who hates being in front of the camera, I think I did okay because I had to concentrate on the road first. But the final edit will be real proof.

While I do get to drive a fair amount of cars/attend launches, please remember I am not a motoring journalist but Lexus wanted my opinion regardless. When I was handed the keys to the car, I was told to “put it in my pocket or in my bag” and I thought to myself, why? And then it was revealed: I just had to stand next to the door and it opened because the key was in my pocket. I know this isn’t new but to experience it was pretty cool. Also, starting the car was as simple as switching on a power button (keys still in pocket)… and you don’t hear a thing!Ā 

I drove around the vicinity first to get a feel for the car – brakes were sensitive but it shouldn’t take too long to get used to, as with most cars. It’s just like driving an automatic car. I was aware of it this time and didn’t put my left foot on the break, looking for a clutch. I was shown how the energy management system works, and how to navigate the LCD screen on the dashboard. It was very easy to use. It has a “fat joystick” to select on-screen options. You are able to see your fuel consumption and which source of power is being used at which point. Very interesting information but you have to remember to keep your eyes on the road.Ā 

I drove in normal, eco and sport modes with sport being my favourite – it always is šŸ˜‰ and while I initially couldn’t tell the difference between eco and sport (I blame the cars in front of me), there is a noticeable difference. I drove around for about an hour, and my first impressions have been good. The F Sport version is the model I drove and it costs R390,000 incl. VAT and if you want the convenience package and sunroof: R435,000.

A short review from me and video footage will go up on the Lexus website soon. I’ll keep you posted!

PS excuse the badly taken pics; had the sun shining in my face.

EDIT: added correct pricing

Nafisa Akabor
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  • No more locking they keys inside the car… I’d definitely buy into that. Also saving on fuel when I’m stuck in traffic between Pta and Jhb. Now I just need someone to sponsor me the car. (You looked very stylish, btw ;))

  • Thanks šŸ™‚

    Also – the car looks quite nice… all in one package!

  • Va-va-va-vrooooom! You look amazing!!! (And oh, yeah, the red car too, ha ha!)

    I’m afraid car talk is entirely lost on me. I still have trouble identifying my own. I can tell you with certainty though that it’s white! šŸ™‚

    Car journo in the making, you are!

  • Thanks Red. Incidentally, I think this car would be perfect for you! (seriously) if you ever consider in the future. I know you hate manual.. and living in the States made you lazy šŸ˜› Also, look how fantastic the colour is!

    Nah, I don’t know what’s under the hood… but then again… do people need to know that when buying a car? Hmmm.