An easier Lotus Elise

Lotus' best-selling model returns with more refinement, but some pain points remain

The new Lotus Elise is noticeably more refined than its predecessor, which was test-driven here nine years ago. The overall build quality has improved, with better insulation against noise, vibration and harshness. It even comes with a USB port.

But on the whole, you will still describe the compact roadster as both a joy and a pain.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 30, 2019, with the headline 'An easier Elise'. Print Edition | Subscribe