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Lotus Elise (2010 to 2021)

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Lotus Elise (2010 to 2021)

(2010 - present)

    Summary


    The Lotus Elise is a lightweight, mid-engined, two-seat roadster. The current model is known as the Series 3 and was launched in 2010 2010, although it is a direct evolution of the original Elise that started production way back in 1996. Production finally came to an end in late 2021.

    Over the years, the Elise was available in a variety of trim levels and special editions. All of them very much prioritised performance and driver engagement over comfort, so don’t expect

    Being a very focussed driver’s car, the Lotus Elise was universally praised for its driving dynamics throughout its entire 25-year lifespan. However, the other compromises required to achieve this have inevitably resulted in mixed reviews overall from the motoring media. Enthusiast titles like Evo and Car have given it outstanding scores, while consumer titles have marked it much more harshly.

    The Lotus Elise finally ended production in December 2021 after 25 years. To mark the occasion, Lotus launched one last limited-edition model, the Final Edition, in either Sport 240 or Cup 250 variants.

    As of June 2022, the Lotus Elise holds an Expert Rating of 77%, based on 19 different reviews.

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    Key specifications


    Body style: Two-door roadster
    Engine: petrol
    Price: From £41,655 on-road

    Launched: Spring 2010
    Last updated: Autumn 2017
    Ended production: Autumn 2021


    Media reviews


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    No safety rating

    The Lotus Elise was never crash tested by Euro NCAP during its lifespan, which is not surprising given its tiny sales volumes.

    Eco rating


    Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

    No eco rating

    The Lotus Elise was not lab tested by Green NCAP during its production life.

    Reliability rating

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    As of June 2022, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Lotus Elise to generate a reliability rating.

    The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively for us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Elise, we’ll publish the score here.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Lotus Elise has received

    2019

    • Autocar Awards – Icon of Icons Award

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    Lotus Elise (2010 to 2021)The Lotus Elise has been universally praised for its driving dynamics. However, the compromises required to achieve this have resulted in mixed media reviews.