Lotus Elise review

Category: Sports car

Section: Performance & drive

Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 rear cornering
  • 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
Available fuel types:petrol
Available colours:
RRP from£41,270

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the Lotus Elise is best reserved for track use, but that’s not the case at all.

By virtue of its low weight, it's surprisingly easy to manoeuvre at lower speeds – despite not having power steering – and a breeze to get off the line. Bear in mind, though, that it's not the quietest or most refined car in the world, and there’s plenty of wind and road noise at speed.

If you prefer a car that you can feel moving around beneath you, an A110S is a better bet, but the Cup 250’s accuracy is massively rewarding. If you want something a touch more forgiving, the Sport 240 is just peachy on a road or track, with steering that’s more communicative than the average after-dinner speaker.

As a whole, whether you opt for the hardcore Cup 250 or the Sport 240, the Elise is wonderfully fizzy and engaging while remaining surprisingly unintimidating. It’s one of the best driver’s cars you can choose to enjoy.

Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 rear cornering