Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 4.8 - 4.9 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 35.8 - 36.7 mpg

Considering the performance it offers, the Elise is affordable to run. Fuel economy is around 33mpg on average and reasonable emissions mean it isn’t expensive to tax. Lotus. However Lotus servicing is pretty pricey and the Elise requires attention every 9,000 miles.

For a car with such impressive performance, the Elise has quite low emissions with the current S emitting 196g/km of CO2 – that’s less than a Volkswagen Golf GTI. Even the supercharged model only puts out 202g/km of CO2 and returns 33mpg. Incredible considering it will go from 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds.

Hand built from aluminium and plastic, there’s nothing to corrode and the light weight means the engines aren’t too highly stressed even under hard driving. There can be the odd hood-leak but surprisingly, Lotus has not been affected by the well-publicised problems with the K-Series engine in older models (usually concerning blown head gaskets), which have plagued Rover and Land Rover.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £165 - £520
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 42 - 48
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