Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Originally, the 2.2 Vauxhall unit was the only choice offering a more torquey alternative to the Elise powerplants. However, the 2.0 turbo unit is seriously useable making it a very fast car.

Built and developed by Lotus so you know it is going handle well. This means it also offers a surprisingly compliant ride - it's not the rock hard bone shaker you'd expect. Steering is beautifully responsive.