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2010 Lotus Exige Interior

This interior review was written when the 2010 Lotus Exige was new.

Auto writers report that the Exige's cabin lacks much of the luxury and convenience that this class is known for. Designed for little else than sports performance, the Exige prioritizes function over form. For real sports car luxury, check out the Porsche Cayman and BMW Z4.

  • "The controls are not very user-friendly (especially the tiny radio buttons) and passengers are surrounded by hard plastics and bare metal." -- Edmunds

Seating

The Exige provides seating for two. While auto writers find its cabin difficult to enter and exit, most agree that its seats are very supportive. Only the Audi A5 and TT offer more seating capacity. Their rear seats, however, are too cramped for most passengers.

  • "The driver's seat adjusts manually fore and aft; the passenger seat is immovable, bolted to the floor." -- Forbes
  • "Although the Exige is difficult to get into for taller drivers, who have to put a right foot in, then turn to the left and fold in half to mail themselves into the car butt first, the contortion is worth it." -- Car and Driver
  • "The composite sport seats provide excellent lateral support, but the low fixed roof and wide sills make entry and exit a gymnastic feat for any creature bigger than a Hobbit. A tall driver is likely to find the Exige downright painful, as their right leg can get painfully wedged between the steering wheel and gearlever." -- Edmunds
  • "[T]heir deep bolsters dole out tough love hugs that'll keep you in place during hard cornering." -- Automobile.com

Interior Features

Only a true sports car enthusiast can appreciate the Exige’s scant interior. Because it’s designed to be functional, not luxurious, it doesn’t come equipped with many convenience features. According to Lotus, this helps keep weight down and distractions to a minimum. Still, Lotus does offer some optional features -- like leather upholstery and an upgraded stereo system.

  • "The Exige is not a car that has any measure of convenience, since those notions would only serve to diminish its unyielding focus on performance." -- Edmunds
  • "Once inside, the space isn't bad, and the control relationships are right for all the faux-racing footwork you want to perform." -- Car and Driver
  • "The small steering wheel is barely more than a foot in diameter. An air conditioning-delete option is offered, and composite sport seats come only in black. An optional Touring Pack includes leather seats, additional sound insulation, an upgraded stereo system and full carpeting." -- Cars.com

Cargo

With only four cubic-feet of cargo room, the Exige doesn't offer much space for hauling items. Then again, it’s not meant to be driven to the grocery store. If you're in the market for a luxury sports car with practical cargo room, check out the Chevrolet Corvette coupe, which provides 22.4 cubic-feet of storage room. Another solid choice is the Porsche Boxster, which features two cargo holds.

  • "Trunk space? If we said it didn't have one, you'd be pleasantly surprised at the four cubic feet available. That said, visually it appears more spacious -- and certainly more useful -- than the paragon of trunk inefficiency, the Pontiac Solstice, and its five cubic feet." -- Car and Driver
  • "Storage space is similarly limiting; the interior lacks a glovebox, or any notable storage of any kind. The trunk is rated at a laughable 4 cubic feet of capacity, and anything placed there would likely succumb to the stifling heat from the engine and exhaust." -- Edmunds
Review Last Updated: 4/13/10

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