Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

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

Petrol engines 5.5 - 5.7 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 25.7 - 26.7 mpg

Sadly, Lotus Evora running costs aren’t particularly low but it is a performance car after all. On the fuel consumption front the Evora averages a claimed 30.3mpg (and 31.4mpg with the automatic gearbox), while figures for the more powerful Evora S are 28.7mpg (manual) and 29.3mpg (auto). We saw lower figures during everyday driving during our time testing the Evora S, though.

The auto Evora IPS is slightly cheaper to insure in group 47 while the rest of the range sits in group 50.

Relatively high CO2 emissions (see below) mean expensive tax bands.

Lowest Lotus Evora emissions belong to the auto IPS version, rated at 210g/km of CO2. With the manual gearbox that increases to 217g/km.

Naturally, those figures increase if you choose the supercharged Evora S, at 224g/km (auto) and 229g/km (manual).

Not something Lotus cars are particularly known for but our 2013 test car had covered 20,000 miles and nothing had fallen off yet, despite a life thus far that had included being driven hard on road and track.

We did have a problem with a leaky seal on the driver’s door that meant a very wet sill after heavy rain.

The single central windscreen wiper was pretty useless, smudging dirt and rainwater across the screen rather than cleaning it and we found radio reception consistently patchy. Few problems have been reported with the Toyota Camry-sourced engine and automatic gearbox. Loose gear linkage cables on manual cars, particularly early ones, are a known Lotus Evora reliability issue.

There was a recall for Evora S models in 2012 for the risk of an oil pipe leak and a further recall in 2013 for an oil cooler pipe leak.

Overall quality, particularly regarding the interior, has been improved for 2012-on models.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £330 - £565
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 47 - 50
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