Used Lotus Elise 1999 - 2010 review

Category: Sports car

Section: Ownership cost

1999 - 2010 review
Lotus Elise Open (99 - 10)
  • Lotus Elise Open (99 - 10)
  • Lotus Elise Open (99 - 10)
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Ownership cost

What used Lotus Elise sports will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Lotus Elise sports?

The Elise is quite an exotic car, so you won't pick one up for peanuts. It's also fairly sought-after, which again doesn't help used prices. However, if you're prepared to settle for the oldest 120bhp model, which is perfectly adequate, then you won't part with a fortune.

Running costs won't be cheap, but if you're buying an Elise, raw driving pleasure is obviously more important to you than fuel economy. That said, the oldest car will still return a very reasonable 39.8mpg, ranging to 32.1mpg for the later 111R.

Insurance bills will make for grim reading, because all versions have a group 20 rating.

Servicing costs will also be horrific. Not only will each visit to the dealer be pricey, but there will also be a lot of visits to make. The Elise needs to be serviced every 6000 miles.