The interior layout, fit and finish
The Elise is much easier to get into than its hard-top cousin the Lotus Exige. With the canvas roof off, you can simply step across the wide sills that conceal its bonded aluminium chassis and slide down into the snug, minimalistic interior.
If we're honest, once you're behind the wheel, there’s not a lot to look at. What there is, though, is brilliantly laid out in a neat racing car-style dashboard with digital read-outs. The steering wheel is fixed but the seat is comfortable and the driving position superb.