Lotus Elise review

Category: Sports car

Section: Passenger & boot space

Lotus Elise Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 interior seats
  • 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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Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

Many people will scoff at the concept of a mid-engined sports car being even remotely practical. However, the Lotus Elise does have a boot behind its engine that's big enough for two soft bags, and there’s room in the cabin for two six-footers. That makes it quite a bit more practical than similarly track-focused sports cars such as the Caterham Seven and Ariel Atom. 

If you’re planning to do long-distance European road trips or use your car every day, an Alpine A110 or Porsche 718 Boxster S will be more accommodating. You don't get a glovebox or door bins in the Lotus, and while the shelf below the dashboard can easily hold a large smartphone, a wallet and a few other odds and ends, it's not lined with non-slip material so you have to drive very carefully if you want to avoid your belongings being scattered around the interior.