- Smallest and cheapest car from Lexus starts at £23,485
- New petrol hybrid gets cheaper tax and claimed 69mpg
- Includes dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth and alloys
The car, which Lexus claims will achieve 69mpg on the combined cycle, emits just 92g/km of CO2 resulting in congestion charge exemption and the lowest 10% company car tax band.
It is available in three trim levels, SE-I, SE-L and SE-L Premier. Standard equipment on the SE-I includes climate control, Bluetooth, alloy wheels and LED running lights, while the SE-L gets a leather interior, heated seats and parking sensors.
Range-topping Premier models get even more kit including LED headlamps, cruise control, electric seats, a premium stereo, sat nav and rear parking sensors. Additional options include a radar-controlled crash safety system and adaptive cruise control.
The entry-level SE-I model, which costs £23,845, is £2,500 more than the range topping Toyota Auris HSD, which comes with part leather trim, cruise control and a rear view camera as standard. However, the Lexus has a better finish and is aimed at the luxury end of the small car market, according to the manufacturer.
Pricing starts at £23,485, inclusive of VAT at 20 per cent. This takes into account the fact that, although orders may be placed now, the sales tax rate must be applied at the time of delivery - as the first cars will reach customers in early 2011.