The Europa is very similar to the Elise only the Europa provides more creature comforts. The Europa is still lightweight and despite the increased levels of comfort the car still delivers the same great performance.
The Europa has a 200bhp turbocharged engine to provide plenty of power. The firm claims that 194lbs of torque is available as little as 2,000rpm. The Europa has no trouble holding its own with major competitors.
The Europa can reach 0-60mph in 5.5 seconds, and boasts a top speed of 140mph. The car is not only quick and provides a very decent driving experience, but it also boasts excellent handling and better fuel economy than rival brands.
Lotus and Proton came together to develop the Lotus Europa, and there is very little in the finished product that would even hint at Proton’s presence. Lotus has done a fine job and Proton’s lingering presence will have an impact on how the public perceives the Lotus price wise.
One notable enhancement is to the car’s level of accessibility. It is no longer necessary to twist into unnatural positions in order to access the car’s cabin. The car sits higher and passengers can easily slide into the cabin’s seats.
The Europa provides a lot of car for the price and offers excellent value for the money. Insurance is decent and fuel economy is good especially for a car in this class. The asking price is very good considering the performance on offer.
The Europa provides adequate passenger space and enough boot space for shopping or a couple of other packages. Storage space has been improved over the Elise and as a result the car offers more practicality.
The car’s controls and dials are of decent quality and functional. Fans of the Elise may be disappointed that the Europa’s fascia is somewhat uncluttered and doesn’t offer as much technology as the Elise.
The Europa is very comfortable. The car’s seats are large and supportive, and outside noise is successfully suppressed. The car provides a brisk, smooth ride and offers high levels of comfort.
The car provides excellent accessibility. The car’s doors are large and open wide providing a large aperture for passengers to slide easily in and out of the car’s seats.
Parking the Europa is an easy task. The car’s steering is light and visibility is good all-round. The car’s large side mirrors help out when reverse parking making it easy to judge the car’s extremities.
The Europa provides an excellent, fast, fun and exciting driving experience with higher levels of comfort than its predecessor. The car looks great and handles well. The car is fast enough to provide a brisk and involving ride yet stylish and refined enough to cruise around town.
This isn’t a family car in any sense of the word. Children will not fit well in the car’s seats. Limited cabin and boot space make it unsuitable to perform any family duties. It could be used as a second car for a family.
The Europa is definitely not a good first car. It is too expensive and would be impossible for a new driver to ensure. There is too much power on hand for a novice driver.
The Lotus Europa has a great image. It is quickly recognized by most as a great driving experience. The car is both fast and beautiful. The fact that the car has more creature comforts and additional boot space reflects well on Lotus’ ability to continue improving the car.
Security and Safety
The Europa comes with a comprehensive security package. This is necessary given the car’s high level of desirability. The Europa will be high on a thieves priority list.
The car’s standard safety features include driver and passenger airbags and ABS.
The Finishing Touches
The car’s standard audio unit includes a radio and in-dash CD player with MP3 compatibility. The system provides excellent sound quality.
The car’s exterior colour looks the most flattering in blue, but silver also looks really good. The car’s resale values should remain high.
The Europa is a sophisticated and very competent two-seater. Lotus has for the most part ironed out the problems that made the Elise so impractical. The Europa provides better levels of comfort and more boot space.