Parkers overall rating: 2.9 out of 5 2.9

Should you buy a Lexus CT?

Probably not. First of all, its closest rivals are all much more modern inside and out - especially the BMW 1 Series and Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Even the Audi A3, despite arriving at a similar time to the Lexus, has lasted longer with its modern dashboard, making the CT feel quite old hat inside. The problem is exacerbated when you go to use the infotainment system that, despite a nice large screen, just isn't as user-friendly and intuitive as systems found in its rivals. 

The next problem for the CT actually comes from parent company Toyota. The Corolla is cheaper, looks more modern and distinctive than the Lexus and has a nicer interior. Plus, it's really rather good to drive and comes with a choice of two hybrid powertrains. 

It's not all bad news for the CT, though. Build quality is on its side and it would prove to be a dependable car to own, and it'll certainly be cheap to run if you spend most of your time in town. But if you go for a higher-spec model, you may want to consider the newer UX crossover - a car Lexus sees as a natural successor to the CT. Or if that doesn't take your fancy and you want hybrid power, the Corolla is well worth a look. 

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