"It may be the perfect car in which to learn to race, but in everyday use it can be a pain in the butt.
Subjective. And nobody is thinking it's a luxo cruiser.
The seating position is so low that you’re looking up at scooters, for Pete’s sake.
Sounds here like he has an axe to grind. The lowness is a major plus point. If someone does not like that, they could buy an SUV.
The immediacy of the suspension—so revered on the track— becomes busy and jolting on the commute.
I disagree from my experience, but any sportscar is a stiffer ride than many other cars. Did the reviewer normally drive a Buick or an SUV? That which he calls "busy and jolting" I call "Connected so I can feel the road."
Inserting oneself into the Elise requires an inelegant torsion of the torso that would do a praying mantis proud.
In our test vehicle, the rear window rattled and buzzed. A defective Clarion audio deck would illuminate but not function, then later went full-blast and could not be turned off.
Here are real quality issues and less subjective. The Clarion unit is not on the USA cars and does not reflect on Lotus' quality. The rear window does, but I have read that Lotus has improved a lot on body fitment. Secondly, how old was the car they test drove?
The luggage space is enough for a day-pack, but forget the quick run to the airport or grocery store. The pedals are tiny and wedged into a footwell better measured for the aforementioned third-grader.
Two subjective points that are not unknown by those buying it. Pedals are small for easy heal/toe use and why would we need bigger pedals? Of course hauling ability is limited. What was the litmus test this was measured against? It sounds again like an SUV. This is a street legal racing car. Not a grocery hauler or airport cab. Is the writer striving for cuteness in his writing?
As appropriate for a British roadster—even one built by a company owned by Malaysian interests—the roof leaked. At speed, a trickle would drop straight down from the A-pillar onto the driver’s knee. Worse was the pond in the driver’s seat after the Elise was parked in a rainstorm.
Much has been written about the improvements in the top. This complaint is valid based on other reports of the same leaking. But we have read that the new cars have solved this.
First gear was recalcitrant at a stoplight.
I did not experience this, though I thought the gear shift was rubbery. But since we get a new gearbox, it is not relevant.
For those with a freeway commute, the Elise gets squirrelly above 80 mph with any sort of side wind.
IT IS A SPORTS CAR!!! Wow. Not a Hummer.
Other notes: The mid- engined Elise suffers poor cooling in slow traffic, prompting a toasty interior.
Cooling will be different in the Toyota powered Elise. So that is not relevant.
The noise level is nearly intolerable, requiring shouting to converse with a passenger.
It is a convertible. A midengined one at that. Where you can hear the engine. For some, not conversing is not a bad thing.
However, from my test drive, I don't agree with this at all.
Though giving a digital readout, the fuel gauge was erratic, insisting we had used more than 1.5 gallons of gas in 10 easy miles. The headlamps gave meager support at night. And the Lotus emblem peeled off the gearshift onto my hand. "
Ahhh... more quality issues. Not sure about the headlamps. Sounds subjective and the writer seems to have an agenda. The erratic fuel gauge (like my present Mercedes) and the emblem coming off are less subjective and speaks to general quality issues.
In regards to general quality, I have read that Lotus has improved from certain factors including the knowledge that they had to for the USA market. However, do I expect a car that is not a little quirky? No.
In general... is this a car that is noted for a smooth ride? For a lot of inertia on the road because of it's weight? For having spacious footwells and large cushy footpedals? Is this a car noted for being quiet at speed? Is this a car known for it's excellent climate control? A car noted for it's height and ability to see over cars? A car noted for how well it can haul groceries and passengers and luggage?
The reviewer missed the point. I have owned that perfect car that was all of the above, my Lexus. And I sold it because I hated it.
P.S. Welcome to the forum. It's a good article for discussion, I just don't agree with the points for the most part.