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Lexus CT200h cheaper than rivals

  • Hybrid Lexus is cheaper to run than German rivals
  • Returns an average 68.9mpg with emissions of 94g/km
  • Low CO2 means it's congestion charge exempt too

Lexus has unveiled superior running costs for its hybrid hatchback, the CT200h when comparing the hatch to premium products from German makers. 

Thanks to low CO2 emissions and strong fuel economy, the CT200h is one of the most competitive cars in its sector. It pips rivals from BMW and Audi making it the cheapest premium hatchback in terms of company car running costs.

Over the course of three years or 60,000 miles in the Lexus you'll pay a total of £3,985, including £2,753 in company car tax (on the 40% pay bracket) and £1,457 scheduled service, maintenance and repair costs.

In comparison, a BMW 118d SE will cost £5,513 over the same period, and an Audi A3 2.0-litre TDI SE will set you back £5,312.

Thanks to its 1.8-litre engine and electric motor mated to a CVT transmission, the CT200h will return an average 68.9mpg on the combined cycle.

It's eco-friendly as it emits 94g/km of CO2 enabling the car to qualify for 10% BIK tax. The low emissions also mean it's congestion charge exempt.

The CT200h is set to go on sale in early 2011.