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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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18 reader reviews for Lotus Elise Open.
  • 1.8 111R 2dr

    Aden Philpott , Eseex . Date: 07/12/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      25

    My car

    Honestly the best thing I have ever owned. However, purely and simply it is a toy.

    Upon returning from Afghanistan in 2011 I had a vast amount of surplus cash. As a young 24 year old, in meaningful employment and no outgoings I sought a vehicle which would provide and exciting driving experience. I certainly found it.

    Performance is staggering. Gripping the road (when its not wet) soaring up the overtaking lane with ease. It brakes as quick as it accelerates. The sound of the engine is like a chorus of angels (ok maybe slightly over the top but it is incredible).

    The vehicle istelf inside is sparce to say the least. There is nothing but an echo, not even a clock (having said that, the stereo and speaker systems are incredibly efficient). Entry and exit is a thorough core body work out. Those with poor core strength found out as they would spend a lot of time scraping themselves off the ground.

    Getting someone to carry out work on the vehicle was a nightmare. With only a limited number of Lotus garages I found it a logistical drama. Obviously Lotus mechanics don't work weekends which doubled my woes. As a result of the amazing performance you burn through rear tyres and only Yokohama make the front ones and obviously charge premium amounts. Insurance and tax are as high as you can expect. Changing windscreens requires the removal of the whole front clam also-£300!

    In short, if you want a car for some outrageous fun at the weekends. Get an elise

  • 1.8 2dr

    darren parker , Lincs . Date: 09/04/2012
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      38

    My car

    Had a Lotus Elise base 120bhp on a 52 plate from new. Drives great, minimal weight allowing you to drive quickly with little effort. Sticks to the corners very well, it takes a lot to provoke it but once the limit is reached its a pig to control. The car is very impracticable, with very little boot space, difficult to get in and out unless you are a midget or double jointed. Materials inside feel cheap (makes dihatsu and proton look great), but maybe thats to save weight. It is cheap to run on a daily basis, with good mpg and insurance not to high, but you'll need to buy quite a few parts over time and a Lotus Warranty is terrible. And repairs to fibre glass body cost a packet. Any excuse to get out of fixing things. Thats the one thing that annoyed me most about this car. Overall is fun but very flawed, magazines think they are amazing, ownership isnt.

  • 1.8 111S 2dr

    Jamie Jones , West Midlands . Date: 15/09/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I owned the Lotus Elise Series 2 111s and 14,000 miles in it. it was so good and enjoyable that I upgraded it for the Seres 2 Lotus Exige.

    Not a bad word to say about it

  • 1.8 111R 2dr

    Paul Owen , HAMPSHIRE . Date: 31/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My last Elise, a 99 S1 was pretty raw. This one has really grown up. The build quality is vastly better and the cabin is tight as a drum. It's a perfectly decent every day driver. The VTEC change in engine note at around 6000 rpm is adictive as the car hurls you forwards, sounding like a bike, all the way to 8000 rpm. The grin factor in the Elise is fantastic and even sitting in a jam is an event. I feel sorry for keen drivers who've not driven one of these. (Too)much is often made about the difficulty of getting in and out, but in truth I hop in and out without a second thought. The car does need caution in the wet though. There is a 2 year warranty (not one year as stated on the Whatcar? website) and the factory alarm is Thatcham level one Cobra, making the car very hard to steal indeed. As a traffic cop in Hampshire I've been to a few crashes and the Elise is much tougher than you'd think. You sit inside the chasis and are well protected. MPG only dips below 30 on track. Overall the grip is good enough for your face to slid off mid corner.The superb steering makes my company 5 Series feel like it's on bricks. Braking is powerful enough to rearrange your internal organs. Anyone who considers themselves a driver needs to try one!

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