Used Lotus Elise 1999 - 2010 review

Category: Sports car

Section: What is it like?

1999 - 2010 review
Lotus Elise Open (99 - 10)
  • Lotus Elise Open (99 - 10)
  • Lotus Elise Open (99 - 10)
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What's the used Lotus Elise sports like?

Some people buy sports cars for entertainment, some for the image and some because they've got more money than sense. For those who are interested in having the maximum amount of fun at the expense of everything else, the Elise is an excellent, and relatively cheap, car.

Few cars handle as well as the Elise. It has unbelievable grip and superb balance, making any corner a joy to push through. The steering, meanwhile, is a lesson to other car makers in providing feedback.

Performance is terrific, too. Despite having relatively puny engines, the Elise's light weight means that you don't need much power to provide blistering speed. And, that's exactly what you get.

There are downsides, though. There's no room for luggage, the roof is fiddly to take on and off, creature comforts and safety kit are pretty much absent, and it's difficult to get in and out. If you enjoy your driving, though, you just won't care.