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
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.
What owners say about this car
The ride is remarkably plush for a sports car (in fact for any car - better than my Hyundai hatch!). Read owner review
Hmmmm the word practical is not in the lotus dictionary. Read owner review
Practical? Well it does have a boot big enough for a weekend case or two, and it's economical for... Read owner review