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Lexus CT200h hybrid

What: Lexus CT200h hybrid; 5dr executive hatch (1,798cc petrol engine and 60KW electric motor, combined 136bhp); 0-100kmh in 10.3 seconds; top speed of 180kmh; continuously variable transmission; 4.1l/100km (68.9mpg); CO2 of 87g/km (Eco version), 94g/km; VRT is 14pc. €104 annual road tax.

Cost: From €28,450. Delivery, related charges extra.

Target Market: Those trading up from family hatches or trading down from prestige saloons.

Plus: Cabin quality; hybrid frugality; equipment; quietness in ordinary driving; price; looks; boot.

Minus: Engine whines when pressed for acceleration; tidy rear-seat room.

Standard Equipment: Dual zone climate control; LED daytime running lights; six-speaker audio/CD system; electric windows; electric power-steering; hill-assist control; rain-sensing wipers; eight airbags (including one each for driver and front passenger knees); electronically controlled braking regeneration; traction control (TRC); and vehicle stability control (VSC).

Others to consider: BMW 1-series; Audi A3; Mercedes A/B Class; and a range of other cars in price bracket.x

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