Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

There’s a technique for clambering into the low-slung Evora. It’s best to lead with your left leg before dropping into the driver’s seat and then take care not to scuff the high, leather-clad sill as you swing your right leg over it.

Once you’re snuggled into the supportive seat, it’s as if staring out of a goldfish bowl with the curved windscreen wrapped around you and the low nose disappearing out of view ahead. The driving position is spot-on and there’s a definite sense of occasion.

Early Evoras were criticised for their interior quality but it’s improved since as part of a series of quality upgrades from the 2012 model year, particularly in terms of seat and, dash and sill upholstery. Certainly the Sports Racer version we tested felt surprisingly plush inside, with cruise control, a reversing camera, and heated seats – in a Lotus!

Switchgear is a swathe of anonymous buttons and the Alpine touchscreen unit fitted to some models sticks out like a sore aftermarket thumb but fit and finish is respectable for a low-volume production car.

You might expect ‘Lotus Evora comfort’ to be an oxymoron but one of this car’s ace cards is its ride quality. As we mentioned earlier, its suspension soaks up bumpy roads better than most family cars.

In the Sports Racer version we tested, the leather-trimmed seats were very comfortable too, offering support in all the right places though they were hard work to adjust due to the lack of space between the seat and the transmission tunnel and bodywork.

Apart from the audible thunking sound made when you run over a cat’s eye, it’s not a bad motorway car either. You’d happily tackle a long journey without fear of back pain woes and the perfectly sized steering wheel adjusts for both reach and height.

Things are less rosy for anyone attempting to ride in the back of the 2+2 version, as we’ll explain below.