Lotus Evora

The Essentials

  • Price from £53,080
  • What Car? says: 4 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 30.3mpg
  • What is it? A sensational supercar that demands a few compromises.

Great

  • Incredibly engaging sports car to drive
  • The best equipped, most comfortable Lotus yet
  • Did we mention how brilliant it is to drive?

Gripes

  • Take the four-seater claim with a pinch of salt
  • Safety kit is no match for the best sports cars
  • Dash layout and design could be better
  • Drive

    Sensational in every way; you'll be fighting off the volunteers to be designated driver

  • Inside

    Did the designers get so wrapped up in the wonderful sporty touches they forgot to design a sensible dashboard?

  • Safety

    Front airbags, stability control and ISOFIX child seat fittings in the back

  • Reliability

    An engine from Toyota should ensure life with the Evora is trouble-free

  • Space

    Hurrah! At last a Lotus you can get into without showing off your knickers. Those rear seats are best for kids or luggage, however

  • Standard and extras

    Standard kit is ok, with air-con, electric windows, a CD/MP3 player and lots of sporty touches. Upgrade for luxury fittings like leather or sat-nav

  • What's it like to drive?

    If the Lotus Evora was on the catwalk we'd be worried about its size-zero figure but that light frame is what makes the car so sensational to drive. And your senses really are heightened, whether through enjoying the feeling of oneness with the road, hearing the glorious purr from the engine or savouring the look of the Evora as it sits on your driveway.

  • What's it like inside?

    Once upon a time driving a Lotus required either an exhibitionist streak or strict wearing of trousers, so awkward were they to get in and out of. The Evora is better, but it's hardly a practical family car. Petite rear seats are ok for very short journeys but would be better used for luggage because you'll soon fill up the tiny boot. The driving position is disappointing, as is the shocking rear visibility and hard-to-read dashboard.

  • How reliable is it?

    Safety kit includes front airbags and stability control. We don't expect the Toyota engine to give trouble, either.

  • Should I buy one?

    At more than 50k the Lotus Evora is hardly a budget option, but when you consider just how brilliant it is to drive and the engine's relatively restrained thirst, it's a good buy. Drive it to the max, however, and you'll spend a fair whack on new tyres. Although every model comes with air-con, electric windows, an MP3 compatible stereo and lots of sporty touches, for luxuries like sat-nav or leather seats you'll need to add an options pack.