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

Handling; performance; fun

CONS

Fiddly hood

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

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