If there is one key area of disappointment with the Evora, it is its cabin. Space is limited by the chunky sections of the aluminium tub, and it never quite shook off the feeling that it was a bigger, more comfortable Elise rather than a true Lotus GT car, despite the recent amendments made by Lotus.

It is true to say that the Evora has undergone a raft of improvements year-on-year in recent times, but there has been no root-and-branch restructure of the cabin; the materials used simply seem better constructed than before. You’re always aware that the cabin is more chassis lining, rather than anything more sumptuous. Still, that does lend it a purposeful air; you sit low, with well-spaced pedals and a nice-sized wheel.

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Matt Saunders

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The Evora's cabin has been transformed from the launch version, but it still lacks a Porsche's quality

The Evora’s cockpit seems to work better as a two-seater – with a decent, useful luggage shelf behind the occupants (in addition to the small rear boot) – rather than as a 2+2.

The dials are attractive enough, although the red LCD trip readout is 
of poor resolution by the best modern standards, the aluminium switches are often obscured and, in sunlight, it’s subject to all kinds of reflections.

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There are a few other niggles, too. It’s damnably hard to adjust the seat backrest angle with the door closed. The only cupholder is, in effect, the door pocket. The driving position is offset, and although the steering wheel adjusts amply, there are harsh edges around the steering column’s release handle to scratch your fingers.

These issues are a problem not just for the Evora’s occupants but, presumably, for Lotus’s profits. Look at a Porsche or Audi price list and you’ll find dozens of interior options that will each yield a tidy additional profit per unit.

As for standard interior equipment, the Evora 400 gets the 2+2 seating arrangement as standard, with isofix mountings on the rear seats, air conditioning, heated front seats, rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and premium carpet. There is also Lotus's infotainment system which comes complete with sat nav, Bluetooth and DAB radio included. Options for the Evora include cruise control, turning the 400 into a two-seater, a subwoofer and amp, a lithium-ion battery pack and electrically adjustable front seats.

The range-topping Sport 410 is only available as a two-seater and gets carbonfibre seats, an Alcantara interior and numerous aluminium touches.

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