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Lotus Emira

(2022 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

56
%
D

Used car score:

56
%
D

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

72
%
B

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

38
%
D

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

18
%
E

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

56
%
D

Used car score:

56
%
D

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

72
%
B

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

38
%
D

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

18
%
E

Summary


The Lotus Emira is a two-seater, rear-engined sports that was launched in early 2022, and is the company’s first new model since production of the long-serving Evora, Exige and Elise models ended in 2021. Lotus has also claimed that it will be the final petrol-powered car it will ever build as it shifts towards an electric future.

Replacing three separate models is a tall order, but Auto Trader comments that the Lotus Emira is “a massive step forward” for Lotus – “preserving the performance and handling we loved” from the Exige and Evora, “but with the luxuries and technology modern drivers demand.”

In traditional Lotus spirit, the Emira is no slouch. Customers can choose between a 360hp four-cylinder petrol engine which is also found in the Mercedes-AMG A45, or a 400hp supercharged petrol V6 supplied by Toyota. Carbuyer says the latter makes the Emira perform “like a small supercar”.

“It sounds great and looks sensational too”, Auto Express adds, “and has an interior that’s miles better in design and quality than any of its predecessors.”

That said, Parkers asserts that the Emira’s closest market rival, the Porsche 718 Cayman, still has the upper hand when it comes to interior quality, and that the Porsche is the more practical choice for day-to-day travel.

Though, “is it as special as the Lotus?”, Evo asks of the 718 Cayman. “Certainly not to look at and for that sense of occasion. The Emira feels every inch the next-generation sports car Lotus wants and needs it to be.”

As of January 2024, the Lotus Emira holds a New Car Expert Rating of D and score of 56% – a rating hindered by high running costs.

Emira highlights

  • Supercar looks and performance
  • Class-leading driving dynamics
  • Comfortable and refined interior

Emira lowlights

  • Former Lotus flagships were more exciting
  • No rear seats and rivals are more practical
  • Question marks around reliability

Key specifications


Body style: Two-door coupé
Engines:
petrol
Price:
From £59,995 on-road

Launched: Summer 2022
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Car

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Evo

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Motoring Research

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Parkers

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RAC

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The Sun

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The Sunday Times

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

As of January 2024, the Lotus Emira has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Lotus Emira has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t yet have enough reliability data on the Lotus Emira 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 Emira, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models25 mpgE25 – 25 mpgE – E
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models243 g/kmD243 – 243 g/kmD – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models50F50 – 50F – F

We might not have the full picture, we have enough running cost data to declare the Lotus Emira a very expensive car to own and run, thanks to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

The coupé’s is one of the thirstiest petrol cars on the market, though this an expected drawback of providing supercar-beating speeds.

We have no information as of yet on the car’s maintenance costs, but as the Emira’s insurance premiums are in the highest bracket, it is likely that annual servicing will be quite expensive too.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Lotus Emira has received

2023

  • UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Performance Car

2022

  • News UK Motor Awards – Best Sports Car

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Reviewers agree that the Emira coupé is a big leap forward for the Lotus brand, with impressive driving dynamics and a high-quality interior.Lotus Emira