Lotus Elise review

Category: Sports car

Section: Costs & verdict

Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 engine
  • Lotus Elise 240 Sport Final Edition 2021 front
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 rear cornering
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 interior dashboard
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 interior seats
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 engine
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 front left static
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 rear right static
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 front tracking
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 right static roof up
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 right static roof down
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 rear tracking
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 rear light detail
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 badge detail
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 seats detail
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 interior driver display
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 interior detail
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 steering wheel detail
  • Lotus Elise 240 Sport Final Edition 2021 front
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 rear cornering
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 interior dashboard
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 interior seats
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 engine
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 front left static
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 rear right static
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 front tracking
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 right static roof up
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 right static roof down
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 rear tracking
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 rear light detail
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 badge detail
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 seats detail
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 interior driver display
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 interior detail
  • Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 steering wheel detail
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Lotus Elise is competitively priced next to the Alpine A110, Porsche 718 Boxster and other rival sports cars. Even the track-focused Cup 250 is a few thousand pounds cheaper than an A110S or Boxster S. 

Of course, those cars come more generously equipped, have plusher interiors and more luggage capacity, but as we mentioned at the start of this review, the Elise’s main appeal lies in its narrow focus. It’s also worth pointing out that all its rivals are fairly unique and offer vastly different driving experiences, so it’s difficult to compare them on equal terms.

Overview

By delivering one of the best driving experiences available, at any cost, the Elise highlights just how overweight and oversized some sports cars are. Of course, refinement and accessibility let it down a bit, but these are minor niggles compared to the fun of driving the thing. Put simply, if you’re looking for pure, undiluted driving pleasure, then the Elise is still king.

  • Fantastic to drive
  • Delicious steering
  • Stunning grip
  • Lots of wind and engine noise
  • Poorly equipped
  • Difficult to get in and out of