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4.5 out of 5 4.5
Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
Lotus Evora (09 on) - rated 4.5 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £86,930 - £88,930
Used price £13,615 - £90,465
Fuel Economy 25.7 - 26.7 mpg
Road tax cost £325 - £555
Insurance group 47 - 50 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Sublime steering and handling
  • Smooth, supple ride
  • Strong engine
  • Easier to live with than an Elise

CONS

  • Poor rear visibility
  • Not cheap
  • Iffy interior trim on early models
  • Manual gearshift can be notchy

Lotus Evora rivals

Alfa Romeo
4C
4 out of 5 4.0

Written by James Taylor on

When the Lotus Evora was launched in 2009, it was an important car for the Norfolk firm. Based on an enlarged version of the aluminium architecture that underpins the Elise, it aims to create a more usable, practical car to appeal to a wider audience.

It’s available as either a two-seater or as a 2+2 with a pair of rear seats that are really only suitable for very small children or for stowing luggage on top of.

While early cars were criticised for interior quality and a few other niggles, this was improved in a round of updates for the 2012 model year.

Powerful V6 engine

Powering the Evora is a mid-mounted 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine sourced from Toyota with 276bhp. There’s also a more powerful Lotus Evora S, which attaches a supercharger to the same engine to boost power to 345bhp.

Both cars are available with either a standard six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic which Lotus calls ‘IPS’ (Intelligent Precision Shift). Despite an occasionally notchy shift action, we’d suggest the manual is the far more rewarding option to drive.

Fantastic ride and handling

Lotus is famous for cars that steer and ride well, and the Evora is a great example of both these attributes.

Ride comfort is seriously impressive. Far from the harsh, uncompromising suspension setup you might expect from a sports car, the Evora deals with bumpy roads far better than many executive saloons we’ve tested.

The steering is lovely too, very accurate and with the same wriggly character on bumpy roads as the Elise, telegraphing its information through a perfectly sized and nicely shaped wheel.

Lotus Evora rivals

Alfa Romeo
4C
4 out of 5 4.0

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