In-depth Reviews

Lotus Elise owner reviews

"With incredible handling and thrilling performance, the Lotus Elise is one of the most successful and popular British sports cars of its generation"

Carbuyer Rating

3.1 out of 5

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Owners Rating

4.8 out of 5

88%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

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Common Problems

  • Electrics (3 cases)
  • Engine (3 cases)
  • Suspension (1 cases)
  • Other (2 cases)
  • Suspension, Other (1 cases)
  • Gearbox / clutch (1 cases)

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

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

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Brilliant drivers car, easy to drive

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

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

Year of registration

2002

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Fantastic everyday car, surprisingly good with fuel and lots of fun

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

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

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Great

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

111s, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2002

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
A fantasticly enjoyable car to drive. What it lacks in practicality is more than made up for by the acceleration and cornering ability/feel and the fact that it can be used as a genuinely thrilling track toy too.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

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

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Awesome catch me if you can

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1998 S1 Elise

Year of registration

1998

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
I've put 3k miles on this car in just a few months. Had no issues, thoroughly enjoying the superb drive, and handling. Not as practical as my mk1 MX-5, but this car is in a different league of handling and grip. The ride is more comfortable than passengers expect it to be when the step into this very basic and low to the ground roadster. I wouldn't use one as a daily driver, but as a true fun wind in the hair sports car it's superb.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

111R Touring, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Can't get more bangs for the buck.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

111R, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Utterly amazing. Puts a smile on my face every time i look at it &/or drive it.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

111S, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

1999

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Excellent

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Type 72, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2002

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Its great

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

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

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
It makes me smile every time i drive it

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

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

Year of registration

2001

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
For what it is designed to do and the market that it is intended to target, my car is superb; in my opinion, the best that money can buy. Most people find my car uncomfortable and impractical. Consequently, many motoring journalists dismiss it in favour of heavy, larger engined, german/japanese models. I have used my lotus on a daily basis for more than 10 years and have grown to love it more and more. There is nothing on the market that i would swop it for, except perhaps a new one!!

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

50th anniversary, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

1999

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

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

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Excellent performance,looks,excellant with the roof down on a hot day.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

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

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Fantastic

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

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

Year of registration

1999

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Fantastic fun and stylish, would like to upgrade to a elise r or sc

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

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

Year of registration

2001

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
If you want build quality or practicality buy a porsche cayenne. if you want an economical light tactile british quick sublime handling performance car with a few "character" traits, then buy an elise. does what it says on the tin, critically acclaimed for good reason.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

111R Touring, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Very impressive but not the car for every occasion !! Difficult and not practical to use it for its designed purpose on the road... Need to take it on the track to really explore its capabilities.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

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

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Almost perfect, good economy, performance, fun, but a bit delicate, stonechips, hood, etc..

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

111s, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

1999

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

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

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

none, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2000

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
The s1 lotus elise is a great sports car, with outstanding handling, and a surprising practicality and easiness of drive. However, it's rather poor in build quality and quite unreliable.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

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

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
My car provides a great amount of driving pleasure, and as i predicted - because the limits of the car are higher than mine, it will not lose its appeal as soon as a more powerful car (that i previously owned) which you can simply jump in and any mug can drive to dizzying speeds very easily. i wanted a lighter vehicle than previous, and there aren't too many truly light cars around without going to the extremes of caterham's and atoms. Lotus was the only manufacturer that seemed to have an answer to my lightweight/some practicality dilemma. I now enjoy driving so much i can go out for a blast with no aim at point b! I have no regrets moving from a 250bhp- v6 engine to a 1.8 4- cylinder. At the end of the day, the broad range of benefits of lighter weight seem to answer all the calls of modern motoring society. Thank you lotus!

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

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

Year of registration

1999

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Absolutely superb. For the level of performance its not expensive to run, the handling is absolutely first class, and its part of a great british brand.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

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

Year of registration

2001

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Can use it everyday but my wife has to have a family car for shopping trips and diy shop runs

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