Sensational in every way; you'll be fighting off the volunteers to be designated driver
Did the designers get so wrapped up in the wonderful sporty touches they forgot to design a sensible dashboard?
Front airbags, stability control and ISOFIX child seat fittings in the back
An engine from Toyota should ensure life with the Evora is trouble-free
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 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
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.
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.
Safety kit includes front airbags and stability control. We don't expect the Toyota engine to give trouble, either.
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.