Lotus Elise (2000 -) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 18 Sep 2013
4
The original Elise saw Lotus return to sports cars with a bang. The new car improves on that further but retains the same key ingredients - a light weight body, high-revving engines and superb handling.

Lotus Elise (00 on)
Hugely involving to drive, great performance, affordable to buy and run, decent economy
Few luxuries, getting in and out is difficult, baffling number of models over the years

New price range:

£41,245 - £49,145

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Used price range:

£5,025 - £48,618

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

The original Elise saw Lotus return to sports cars with a bang. The new car improves on that further but retains the same key ingredients - a light weight body, high-revving engines and superb handling. This is an old-school approach to sports cars. There are few luxuries (there's no power steering for instance) and it's not a comfortable car to travel long distances in, but for sheer enjoyment and involvement few cars come close.

It lacks the practicality and usability to be everyday transport for most, but as an indulgence it's ideal. Affordable prices and good economy mean it needn't be expensive to run either.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

5 out of 5

Handling

5 out of 5

Comfort

2 out of 5

Practicality

1 out of 5

Behind the wheel

2.5 out of 5

Safety

2 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

3 out of 5

Green credentials

3 out of 5

Buying new

2 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

2 out of 5

What owners say...

 The ride is remarkably plush for a sports car (in fact for any car - better than my Hyundai hatch!). The luggage space is not as bad as you might think - enough for a week long self catering holiday...  

5 out of 5

Anonymous ,   25 Aug 2015    ... read more

 Hmmmm the word practical is not in the lotus dictionary.  

5 out of 5

Chris Collyer ,   21 May 2014    ... read more

 Practical? Well it does have a boot big enough for a weekend case or two, and it's economical for the kind of car it is...but practical would not be a word I would use to describe an Elise.  

5 out of 5

Martin Oliver ,   06 Nov 2012    ... read more

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