In-depth Reviews

Caterham Seven owner reviews

"The Caterham Seven offers an undiluted driving experience that few others can match – it’s a car for real enthusiasts"

Carbuyer Rating

2.8 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.8 out of 5

70%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

  • 8reviews
  • 2reviews

Common Problems

  • Electrics (3 cases)
  • Other (1 cases)

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1400 16v de dion Supersport

Year of registration

1993

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35
Review
Simply brilliant - will give you a smile as wide as Jack Nicholson - once you drive one you'll be addicted
Reliability

4 out of 5

Electrics can be a bit of a pain, but it's usually just a blown fuse or a bad earth and dead easy to fix
Performance

5 out of 5

Wow
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Cheap - near zero depreciation, easy to work on yourself, cheap to insure, and around 30-35mpg - not bad for something firing you to 60 in around 5.5 seconds

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Superlight R300, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Incredible

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

r500, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2000

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Best i've ever had, including caterhams, maseratis etc

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SV175, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Brilliant fun!

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SV, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
The best fun car money can buy. More practical than you might expect - can carry luggage for two for up to a fortnight. Economical - the 1.8k engine gives over 40mpg, yet can manage 0-60 in 5secs and tops out at about 125 mph. Dry in wet weather (though the roof is fiddly to put up), warm in winter (most powerful heater i've ever had) and far more comfortable on long journeys than its sporting heritage would suggest. I've driven it in all weathers, including on snow and ice, and use it as a commuter car to work every day - i always look forward to driving it whatever the weather. Even my wife enjoys it - she encourages me to take her out for drives on the weekend and calls it the four-wheeled deckchair in summer! Simply the best car i ever bought!

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Superlight, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
The car is a no compromise specialist car and needs to be judged on that basis. Its lack of any electronic or other driver aids with its combination of handling and acceleration creates a visceral driving experience which always leaves a smile om one's face.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

hpc, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Name me another car that gives you the same amount of smiles per miles and is loved by the public

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SV, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Brilliant little car. Amazingly does long continental journeys with no fuss at all, very minor problems in the past and last year has been 100% reliable. Mileage now 42,000.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Roadsport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Tremendous fun. Needed a lot of sorting out to begin with. Totally impractical (no windscreen, no doors, no roof) is as aerodynamic as a half-brick, but i wouldn't swap it for the world.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Excellent 'toy' - really good fun to run and drive, despite being a bit impractical.

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