The CT 200h is a premium hatchback designed to compete with the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series, although it's unique in the class, because it uses the same petrol-electric hybrid power system as the Toyota Prius. The five-door model is quiet and comfortable around town, but it can't quite match diesel opponents for economy. Low emissions of this system mean the CT has cheaper tax bills than rivals of a similar price and performance.
5Doors Price: £21,995 - £30,995
Available as a saloon or convertible, but not an estate, the Lexus IS has a high quality interior and proven reliability. However, it also lacks the design flair and handling of rivals like the BMW 3 Series and is let down by average practicality and the lacklustre performance of its single diesel engine. The V8-engined IS F model is enormously powerful, yet the standard version is short on driving fun - particularly in convertible guise - while the cabin feels dark and cramped.
4Doors Price: £26,495 - £38,495
The hi-tech Lexus GS is only available as a hybrid, but thanks to its powerful petrol-electric motor it's extremely quick and very smooth to drive. Inside, luxury and comfort is the name of the game – and cars come packed with advanced features, like radar cruise control and satellite navigation. It's a genuine alternative to rivals like the BMW 5 Series thanks to its class leading quietness and hi-tech extras. The Lexus is a rare sight on our roads, but the downside to this exclusivity is that it's not quite as enjoyable to drive as its German competitors.
4Doors Price: £31,495 - £50,995
Like Lexus's other hybrid cars, the RX 450h is powered by a petrol engine and electric motor. The so-called ‘soft roader’ is pitched as an alternative to diesel powered 4x4s and offers reasonable economy and low emissions. This four-wheel-drive model includes two electric motors that power the Lexus at low speeds making the car extremely quiet. It looks smart and is well built and reliable, but offers limited off road ability.
5Doors Price: £44,495 - £55,495
The Lexus LS is a huge luxury saloon that sets the benchmark for cabin quietness on the move. It's powered by a V8 petrol engine that's mated to an electric motor, and offers more standard equipment than you could possibly imagine. Even entry-level models are generously appointed, but you'd expect so on this kind of car - particularly as the LS doesn't come cheap.
4Doors Price: £71,995 - £101,510