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Lotus Evora

£51,970£73,000
8/10
Overall verdict

For: 

Incredible ride and steering, a joy to drive

Against: 

Despite updates quality still falls short
The Evora could be a real world-beater, but in a market dominated by Porsche, it has too many ergonomic weaknesses.

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Our choice

Lotus

3.5 V6 2dr

£51,970
7/10
30mpg
5.00s
280bhp
217g/km

What we say: 

A sublime driving experience wrapped up in a package of, um, improving quality...

What is it?

Lotus’ more practical GT-type car that is now, unlike the not-quite-ready first cars, finished. An alluring and vibrant driver’s car, it’s a surprisingly adept all-rounder, too.

Driving

It’s wonderful to drive. Suspension breathes, steering is fluid and tactile and, although the standard V6 motor is a bit dull, the supercharged 345bhp S is much more like it. Blimey, it even now sounds good.

On the inside

This was the real weak spot of the first cars. It’s better quality now, but the door openings remain small and the sills are still massive. Visibility remains restricted too.

Owning

This is no Porsche in terms of quality, which is something you must seriously consider. It’s better than it was though, and today’s cars no longer smell of glue either. Is the driving experience worth it?

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
400
4.2s 400 £73,000
The cheapest
3.5 V6 2dr
5.0s 217g/km 30.3 280 £51,970
The greenest
3.5 V6 +2 2dr IPS
5.2s 210g/km 31.4 280 £55,670

Wildcard

How about something completely different?

Wildcard

9/10

BAC Mono

£79,950
British chassis engineering at its best? The BAC Mono. Who wants other passengers anyway? Or weather protection...