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.