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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
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

At a glance

New price £41,230 - £49,130
Used price £5,065 - £51,280
Fuel economy 32 - 45 mpg
Road tax cost £145 - £465
Insurance group 42 - 48 How much is it to insure?

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

Lotus Elise rivals

Vauxhall
VX220
4 out of 5 4.0

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.

Lotus Elise rivals

Vauxhall
VX220
4 out of 5 4.0