Lexus has revised the CT 200h hatchback for 2014, adding extra kit, reducing the price and making changes to driving dynamics. The entry-level S model sees a £1,000 reduction in price, with savings of up to £1,500 elsewhere in the range.

Visual tweaks include a more distinct version of the trademark spindle grille, with the performance-focused F-Sport model now fitted with a more aggressive looking mesh grille, rear spoiler and air ducts. A new alloy wheel design has also been made available across the range. Even the way the CT 200h is produced has seen developments, with Lexus employing laser welding and body adhesion techniques for a more rigid chassis.

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Changes continue inside with the addition of a new seven-inch touchscreen embedded into the centre console. A new steering wheel has also been added alongside a new gear selector design. The familiar S, SE, Advanced, Luxury, F Sport and Premier trim levels remain, with mid-spec Advanced now featuring parking sensors, heated front seats and integrated Lexus Navigation as standard.

Lexus still only offers one hybrid powertrain in the CT 200h, with a 98bhp 1.8-litre petrol engine mated with an 80bhp electric motor. Lexus claims economy of 78.5mpg for the entry-level S model and 68.9mpg for the rest of the range. Emissions output is also the best in its class at 82g/km, making it appealing choice for fleet buyers with a BIK rate of only 10 per cent.

Prices for the facelifted CT 200h now start at £20,995 and rise to £29,945. Order books are now open with first deliveries expect to be made in March.

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