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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

    Tina Kampus Date: 05/06/2005
    • 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

    Whoever said that money couldn't buy happiness evidently never owned one of these.

    I absolutely adore it. If I'm not driving it, I'm gazing out of the window at it.

    The VVT-i is like nothing else on earth: supercar performance for a fifth of the price.

    Love it, love it, love it.

  • 1.8 111R 2dr

    James Hortop , Dorset . Date: 23/04/2005
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I thought I'd write this after reading reviews that were so wrong about the Elise. I bought a new Elise three years ago for my 25-year-old fiance. She has used it every day to run to work and it lives outside in all weathers.

    The car has been 100% reliabile, still looks great and costs nothing to run (compared to other machines of its performance). It has been practical and even managed to accomodate us for a two-week holiday drive to Italy and back!

    We're so impressed that we've just ordered a 111R - this is after looking at the (yawn) MX5, SLK, S2000 and MR2... If you are considering buying one - just do it, you'll never look back!

  • 1.8 111S 2dr

    Simon Gillard Date: 08/02/2005
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car is about driving and not about gadgets that remove you from the driving experience. It's driving in it's purest form. Buy one and feel the road you're driving on!!

  • 1.8 111S 2dr

    Robin Atkins , Surrey . Date: 04/02/2005
    • 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

    I bought the car on a mild sunny day last February. This meant that my first experience of the car was as it should be, with the wind blowing through my hair (well across my dome actually).

    The car has been a joy ever since. Performance and handling are of course breathtaking, but what sets it apart is that you can have fun at relatively low speed - at its best on wide, open, snaking undulating B roads you can test it whilst still on the legal side of the limit.

    Motorway driving is relatively noisy and boring. Forget listening to the hi-fi at speed, the engine is much more stimulating to listen to anyway - though you soon tend to ease back the speed and enjoy the admiring glances.

    These two attributes combine to make the car ultimately much safer than I expected. In the hands of a nutcase, it could be seriously dangerous. But respect it and learn how to drive it properly and you'll grow to love it!

    I've marked it down on its quality and practicality in the cabin. But consider this in context. The ethos of this car is to maximise driving properties, at the expense of unnecessary modern comforts. Electric windows, aircon, or big carpets? I choose the weight-saving honesty of the car as it was conceived.

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