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4 out of 5 4.0
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
Lotus Elise (96-00) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £22,700 - £29,020
Used price £8,100 - £11,115
Used monthly cost From £202 per month
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
View pre-2017 economy specs
Road tax cost £270
Insurance group 36 - 40 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Handling; performance; fun

CONS

Fiddly hood

Lotus Elise rivals

MG
F
3 out of 5 3.0
Mazda
MX-5
4 out of 5 4.0

Written by Parkers on

The diminutive Elise is a sensational back-to-basics road racer, providing all-round thrills and really looking the part. A classic in its own time, the magnificently sculpted bonnet and side panels look fantastic - as well as having their aero-dynamic purposes - and due to the Elise’s timeless styling and raw, exhilarating performance there are few rivals to the throne.

Lotus Elise rivals

MG
F
3 out of 5 3.0
Mazda
MX-5
4 out of 5 4.0