Browse over 9,000 car reviews

Sorry, there are no cars that match your search

You are here

Lotus Elise

What's on this page

Lotus Elise

The tiny, two-seat, two-door, Lotus Elise sports car has been in continuous production since 1997, but has managed to remain fresh and relevant, despite its relative obscurity.

The Elise features a fibreglass body bolted on top of an extruded aluminium chassis, with a four-cylinder engine mounted behind the passenger compartment. Early cars used an MG-Rover-sourced four-cylinder engine, while cars from 2007 onwards used Toyota four-cylinder petrol engines, in various guises ranging from the $87,990 Elise Sport 220 up to the $109,990 Elise CUP 250 Final Edition.

Light weight and minimal driver aids distinguish the Elise from its competition, and it's a philosophy that the tiny English company has stuck with to this day.

Lotus Elise Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Lotus Elise varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $66,000 and going to $109,990 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2021 Convertible 1.8L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $66,000 $105,490
2021 Convertible 1.8L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $87,990 $109,990
2020 Convertible 1.8L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $66,000 $105,490
2019 Convertible 1.8L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $62,900 $108,460
2018 Convertible 1.6L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $50,200 $91,520
2017 Convertible 1.6L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $46,700 $85,140
See All Lotus Elise Pricing and Specs

Lotus Elise Colours

  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Black
  • Dark Grey
  • Grey
  • Silver
  • White
  • Orange
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Elise Blue
  • Light Blue
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website. Shown above are the colours for the Lotus Elise 2019.

Lotus Elise Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Lotus Elise here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Short order look

    You must try it on for size. Make sure the seat moves back far enough so your legs are not jammed under the steering wheel and you're comfortable. You should also have good headroom so you're not ducking down to see through the windshield. And make sure you can get out quickly in an emergency.

    Show more
See All Lotus Elise Q&As
Disclaimer: You acknowledge and agree that all answers are provided as a general guide only and should not be relied upon as bespoke advice. Carsguide is not liable for the accuracy of any information provided in the answers.

Lotus Elise Dimensions

The dimensions of the Lotus Elise Convertible vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2021 Convertible 1117x1719x3824 mm 140 mm
2020 Convertible 1117x1719x3785 mm 140 mm
2019 Convertible 1117x1719x3785 mm 140 mm
2018 Convertible 1117x1719x3785 mm 140 mm
2017 Convertible 1117x1719x3785 mm 140 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Lotus Elise Dimensions

Lotus Elise Wheel Size

The Lotus Elise has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 195x50 R16 for Convertible in 2021 with a wheel size that spans from —.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 Convertible 195x50 R16 225x45 R17
2020 Convertible 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches
2019 Convertible 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches
2018 Convertible 175x55 R16 16x5.5 inches 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches
2017 Convertible 175x55 R16 16x5.5 inches 225x45 R17 17x7.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Lotus Elise Wheel Sizes

Lotus Elise Fuel Consumption

The Lotus Elise is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by PULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 7.5L/100km for Convertible /PULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2021 Convertible 7.5L/100km 1.8L PULP 6 SP MAN
2020 Convertible 7.5L/100km 1.8L PULP 6 SP MAN
2019 Convertible 7.5L/100km 1.8L PULP 6 SP MAN
2018 Convertible 6.1L/100km 1.6L PULP 6 SP MAN
2017 Convertible 6.1L/100km 1.6L PULP 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Lotus Elise Pricing and Specs for 2021

Lotus Elise Seats

The following Lotus Elise is available with two seats. The Elise Sport 220 is available with the choice of Alcantara, Leather or Tartan seat trim.

Shown above are seat details for the Lotus Elise 2019.