What the Critics Say


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Lotus Elise S Club Racer beats the Alfa Romeo 4C yet again in the latest comparison test by Sport Auto in France.

The August 2014 issue of France's widest-read sports car magazine rates the Elise S Club Racer for its ride and handling, as well as its "delightful simplicity", preferring it to the Alfa Romeo, stating “the most simple recipes are the best". Sport Auto also praises the Elise S as a "reassuring and easy to understand sports car, whose performance delivers the pure driving experience sports car fans love." The magazine also comments that the Lotus is "easy to live with" and is "a real pleasure to drive".

This is the third comparison test the Elise S has won against the Alfa Romeo 4C, recently beating the Italian car in German magazine AutoBild and Dutch magazine AutoWeek.

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Lotus Elise Review

The ride quality is far more supple than you’d expect of a diminutive sportster
- Matt Saunders, Deputy Road Test editor - May 2010

Lotus Elise - Driven (Video)

"The Elise now gives 45 mpg and only produces 141g of carbon per km... and yet is a sports car that can accellerate from 0 - 60 mph in six seconds dead"
- Matt Prior - 16 April 2010

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Lotus Elise 1.6 - First Drive

Can a sports car really be as green as a supermini?..  The Elise is still the one to have... the purity of the driving experience as good as it’s always been and now with rock-bottom CO2 emissions, it’s a car that really does let you have your cake and eat it.

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Lotus Elise Club Racer review

"None of its rivals can match the purity of the driving experience. The other advantage of course is that with fuel economy of 45mpg, the Club Racer will cost pennies to run."- Jack Rix - April 2011

Lotus Elise 1.6 roadster review

"Don't be fooled by the mild facelift - there are crucial changes under the skin of the new Elise"
- Henry Catchpole - May 2010