Malcolm Robertshaw’s interest in hybrids had been minimal until he drove the Lexus CT 200h, admits the Motors writer.

“I found myself seated within an interior of pure class in a light and airy cabin which also comes with a superb leather finish,” he writes, also noting an “easy to use dash” which is “lovely to look at”. Space in the back of the car “may be tight” but “the driver and front-seat passenger do enjoy class-leading head and shoulder room”.

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On the road, “Lexus has done its best to make the car handle effectively with some quite clever weight distribution. The CT 200h makes a good first impression, its front end putting in a purposeful appearance while offering high levels of active and passive safety which earned this car its top five-star rating in Euro NCAP testing.

“The rear handles well, thanks to some precise, direct steering although ride quality did prove to be a little harsh, particularly for rear seat passengers.

“Different driving modes can also be selected on demand. EV offering limited full electric motor driving if required for a few miles, and with 94g/km of carbon emissions the car is exempt from road tax.” (Source: Motors, 23 August)