Parkers overall rating: 2 out of 5 2.0

The range starts with a 1.3-litre but with 94bhp it feels sluggish and sounds coarse when revved hard. Most buyers opt for the 110 bhp 1.6-litre engine. Lotus has had more than a hand in its development, but it's still rough, feels old fashioned, doesn't deliver its power in a particuarly pleasing way and lacks high-end power. 0-62mph comes in 12.6 seconds (or 13.6 seconds for the auto) while economy is 39mpg.

Lotus (which is owned by Proton) was involved in the development of the GEN-2. But instead of inheriting the kind of razor-sharp steering and pin-point accuracy that made cars such as the Lotus Exige a big hit, GEN-2 is uninspiring and dull to drive. Drivers aren’t given much feedback from the steering wheel and the cornering is vague. The GEN-2 is also cumbersome at low speeds, though the standard rear parking sensors do make parking easier and safer.