Lexus CT tyres
The Lexus CT200 follows in the footsteps of Toyota’s original hybrid, the Prius. It features a similar 1.8-litre petrol-and-electric hybrid engine but in a sportier-looking package. In terms of size, it competes with the likes of the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series. However, environmentally-friendly credentials and low running costs are what it offers against those rivals.
Those costs do have to be taken in their context, though. First of all, the CT200 isn’t the cheapest option to buy. Additionally, its eco-warrior status may be beyond reproach in slow-moving stop-start city driving but its range on battery power is by no means limitless. That enormous battery also reduces boot space considerably. On the open road, running on petrol power, its mpg is nothing to be writing home about and the CT200’s failings become evident. Road noise can be a definite problem and its handling and comfort are nowhere near those of the likes of the Audi or BMW.
Ultimately the benefits the CT200 gives in terms of mpg won’t be enough to bridge that gap for many drivers. Furthermore, sluggish engines mean that this car needs to be driven hard and at high rpm for best performance, something which will harm those mpg figures.
However, for urban driving, and for those who don’t want a Prius, the CT200 ticks the boxes. It is, after all, a Lexus, with all the promises of reliability you’d expect. It is exempt from the London congestion charge and its petrol engine powers the car and charges the battery at the same time.
Michelin’s Primacy range is a premium tyre with good all-round qualities of economy, durability and comfort, making it particularly suited to this car. If these are fitted to your CT200, then etyres would very much advise replacing a worn or damaged tyre on a ‘like for like’ basis.
Yokohama Advan and E70J ranges are also commonly fitted to new CT200 models. Yokohama’s E70J tyres are designed for low noise emissions and high fuel efficiency, making them a good match for an urban-dwelling CT200. In contrast, the Advan range from Yokohama is a sportier choice, promising a balance of performance and comfort. It has good ratings for wet grip, which brings benefits in terms of both roadholding and safety. It is therefore a good bet for the open road rather than the confines of city and town driving.
These two Yokohama ranges are etyres’ best-selling lines for the CT200, reflecting their original equipment status and their suitability for this car. A further option to consider is Continental’s SportContact range, which also sells particularly well to CT200 owners. These tyres are never the cheapest options but their qualities of sportiness and durability ensure their continued popularity.