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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
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Lotus Elise (00 on) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

Hugely involving to drive, great performance, affordable to buy and run, decent economy

CONS

Few luxuries, getting in and out is difficult, baffling number of models over the years

PROS

Hugely involving to drive, great performance, affordable to buy and run, decent economy

CONS

Few luxuries, getting in and out is difficult, baffling number of models over the years

Verdict

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.

The Parkers VerdictThe Parkers Verdict

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.

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