Ownership cost

Used Lotus Exige Coupe 2000 - 2002 review

(2000 - 2002)
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What used Lotus Exige coupe will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Lotus Exige coupe?

Lotus is a proper sports car maker with a proud history, and you don't buy one expecting the same running costs as a top-selling hatchback. The numbers built, coupled with their desirability, mean the Exige holds its value well.

That said, owning one is not as scary a proposition as you might expect. The car is rated in the maximum group 20 for insurance, but consider limited mileage policies to keep the premium down if it's not your everyday transport.

You'll struggle to get too close to the official fuel economy of 30mpg, but the mid-20s isn't bad for a car that can hit 60mph in under five seconds.

The biggest cost will come from servicing, which is a specialist job. It's needed every 6000 miles. Try not to crash, either; parts are pricey and insurance firms often end up writing an Exige off rather than getting it fixed.