Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
  • 2+2 claim is quite wishful
  • Back seats more useful for luggage
  • GT410 easier to see out of

Unlike mid-engined rivals like the Porsche Cayman or Alpine A110 the Lotus Evora has a special talent when it comes to boosting practicality – a pair of seats in the rear.

No, we don’t understand how Hethel has pulled off this packaging trick either, but in reality the Evora is best described as a 2+2 than a full four seater. They're for occasional use, and even then, only for the very smallest of passengers.

The seat base is quite high and the roofline low, so anyone taller than a child will struggle for head space, and the back of the chair is also pretty much vertical, so you can’t really slouch to make up vertical inches either.

Really it’s best to view them as additional luggage space, boosting the 160-litres available in the boot. This is quite a useful oblong shape with more room around the tail lights where you can cram soft overnight bags into.

There’s no front boot like you get in the mid-engined rivals mentioned above and it’s worth bearing in mind that the proximity to the engine means anything left in there will get a bit warm, and if it rains, a bit wet when you open the tailgate.

GT410 vs GT410 Sport

Although identical in luggage capacity, the GT410 and GT410 Sport offer several differences in terms of ease of use – the latter has a carbonfibre engine cover and a rear window obscured with louvres, so it's hard to see out of, while the former has a full glass tailgate and parking sensors for better visibility and less cabin noise.

You also get all-weather Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres (the Sport has Cup 2s) which are better at finding grip in standing water, and inside the cabin there are armrests on the door and a few storage bins.

Safety

  • No Euro NCAP score
  • Strong bonded aluminium construction
  • …it’s got airbags?

Lotus Evora safety hasn’t been tested by independent safety body Euro NCAP but given the car’s strong bonded aluminium construction and larger dimensions than the Elise, it should offer a reasonable amount of protection in a collision.

Driver and passenger dual-stage airbags, pre-tensioning front seatbelts, ABS and an effective traction and stability control system are all standard. There are no modern driver aids like adaptive cruise control or lane keep assistant though, or autonomous emergency braking assist, though.

Putting the Evora in Sport mode reduces the traction control’s influence while track day enthusiasts can turn it off altogether if they desire. Even so, the Lotus’s massive rear tyres mean a surprising amount of grip.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Lotus Evora.

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Isofix child seat anchor points

400 equipment

400 standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
400 optional equipment
None available

400 Hethel Edition equipment

400 Hethel Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
400 Hethel Edition optional equipment
None available

410 Sport equipment

410 Sport standard equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
410 Sport optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Headlight washers
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Service indicator

430 equipment

430 standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
430 optional equipment
  • Isofix child seat anchor points

430 Sport equipment

430 Sport standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
430 Sport optional equipment
  • Isofix child seat anchor points

GT410 Sport equipment

GT410 Sport standard equipment
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
GT410 Sport optional equipment
None available

Premium equipment

Premium standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Heated seats
Premium optional equipment
  • Isofix child seat anchor points

Premium Tech equipment

Premium Tech standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Premium Tech optional equipment
  • Isofix child seat anchor points

Sports equipment

Sports standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
Sports optional equipment
  • Isofix child seat anchor points

Sports Premium equipment

Sports Premium standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Heated seats
Sports Premium optional equipment
  • Isofix child seat anchor points

Sports Premium Tech equipment

Sports Premium Tech standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Sports Premium Tech optional equipment
  • Isofix child seat anchor points

Sports Racer equipment

Sports Racer standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Sports Racer optional equipment
None available

Sports Tech equipment

Sports Tech standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Sports Tech optional equipment
  • Isofix child seat anchor points

Tech equipment

Tech standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Tech optional equipment
  • Isofix child seat anchor points