You don’t even consider buying a car such as this if creature comfort ranks high on your priority list.
Comfort and Refinement
You don’t even consider buying a car such as this if creature comfort ranks high on your priority list. That said, it is tolerably comfortable for the kind of car it is. The driving position is well-placed and all the major controls are within easy reach.
Refinement is reasonable. In a sports car of this calibre you might almost wish for a bit more aural entertainment, as the engine is not as sportily vocal as we might wish. Overall noise level is not bad at all, and you can conduct a conversation with a passenger without raising voices at motorway speed, which is not something that can be said of all high-performance supercars.
Safety and Security
As the Evora is produced in relatively small numbers it has not been crash-tested under the Euro NCAP scheme, but its safety provision is pretty comprehensive. It has exceptional brakes, capable of pulling this very fast car to heel very rapidly indeed.
The Evora has an arsenal of electronic kit to manage its momentum in difficult conditions. It is equipped with Dynamic Performance Management (DPM), a traction and stability management system which deters the car from stepping out of line, although it can optionally be reduced or disengaged if the car is to be used on a race track.
The Evora’s audio system gives a robust sound quality and is easy to use. The colour touch-screen satnav is not particularly intuitive to use and is not integrated into the dashboard quite as harmoniously as we would like, it has a bit of an afterthought look about it.
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What We Liked
- Stunning performance
- Pin-sharp handling
- Head-swivelling looks
- Cosseting cabin
- Room for two small passengers in the back
What We Disliked
- Diabolically poor rearward view in mirror
- Instrument dials with small graphics
- Quite pricey
- Back seats very meagre
What We Would Like To See
- Out of the back
For sensational looks and sheer seat-of-the-pants sports car driving pleasure, the Evora is hard to beat. It is nimble and exhilarating, a joy behind the wheel. Build quality is reasonable. This is not the kind of car you buy unless you are prepared to accept a few compromises in comfort and convenience, however. Cabin space is quite tight, and luggage room is very limited. The Evora is expensive, and so is the cost of insuring it. Even so, if we could afford it, we'd be tempted.6 April 2012
Lotus Evora Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Lotus Evora S|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||4.7 seconds|
|Top Speed||167 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||40.8 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||not tested|
|Warranty||3 years / 60,000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 06/04/12)||£62,200|