New to the Lexus CT line-up for Autumn 2015 is the higher-specification Sport grade.
Sport slots in between Luxury and F Sport grades to provide a mid-high specification model for the cost-conscious Lexus buyer.
Building on the broadly equivalent Advance and Luxury models, the Sport includes Smart Entry and push-button start, front and rear parking sensors, Lexus Navigation with remote dial control, cruise control, rear privacy glass, six-speaker audio system with DAB and Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control and rain-sensing wipers as standard.
There's a visual impact to the CT Sport on the outside. The signature spindle grille is finished in black, as are the door mirror casing and the grade-specific 17-inch alloy wheels. The Sport also receives a black rear diffuser, to maximise the sporting look. All Sports have metallic paint at no cost, with a further free option to have the roof finished in black too - exclusive to this trim.
On the inside, the CT Sport has black cloth upholstery, with grey Tahara leather-effect seat bolsters, door inserts and contrasting light grey stitching throughout. There's also a standard sunroof, bringing a little extra light to the cabin.
Naturally, every CT Sport is a Lexus CT underneath, which means you get a car that is the benchmark for luxury hatchbacks. With a roomier four-person cabin than its rivals and a 375-litre boot, it's a spacious vehicle and Lexus has worked to improve the sound-deadening to reduce the penetration of noise from the outside world.
All models are petrol-electric hybrids, with a 98hp, 1.8 litre petrol engine topped up with an 81hp electric motor for a combined peak system output of 136hp. This is sufficient for a 0-60mph time of around 10 seconds, but more importantly a 94g/km CO2 rating - qualifying for zero rate VED.
Deliveries of the CT200h Sport start in November 2015, priced at £25,495.