Used Lotus Elise 1999 - 2010 review

Category: Sports car

Section: Our recommendations

Lotus Elise Open (99 - 10)
  • Lotus Elise Open (99 - 10)
  • Lotus Elise Open (99 - 10)

Our recommendations

Which used Lotus Elise sports should I buy?

Pick an early car - which is what we recommend - and the choice is very simple. Your Elise will be powered by a 1.8-litre Rover-sourced engine, which knocks out 120bhp. This may not sound like a great deal but the Elise's lightweight design means that performance is excellent regardless. The 0-60mph sprint will still be covered in 5.6 seconds.

The more powerful 111S was introduced a bit later and uses a 143bhp version of the Rover engine, making it even quicker.