Unlike in the Elise and Exige, you don't have to be a contortionist to get in and out of the Europa thanks to a higher roofline and a lower-cut door sill. Although there's no steering wheel adjustment, the driving position is first rate. The low ride height means you sometimes feel a bit vulnerable, but despite the small windows all round visibility is good.
Lotus Europa Coupe space & practicality
You'll need to be on very close terms with your passenger, as every time you change gear you'll bang elbows and knees. Equally, when cruising you rest with one knee on the gear stick and the other on the door sill. The boot will accommodate a suitcase, but your golf clubs will need to go on the passenger seat.
Lotus Europa Coupe equipment
Carpets are Lotus' idea of luxury, but at least the Europa comes with more kit than any other model in the range. Leather trim is standard, as is a radio/CD player, a basic (albeit noisy) air-conditioning system to keep you cool, and sat-nav to keep you from getting lost.