Porsche Boxster

The Essentials

  • Price from £37,589
  • What Car? says: 5 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 34.5mpg
  • What is it? Beautiful soft-top roadster.

Great

  • Truly dazzling performance
  • Stand-out-from-the-crowd styling
  • Worth every penny

Gripes

  • It's pricey (but you get what you pay for)
  • You might feel a tiny bit cramped
  • A little more standard kit would be nice
  • Drive

    Drives like a dream and sounds incredibly sexy at the same time

  • Inside

    Surprisingly comfy

  • Safety

    Stability control and plenty of airbags, including ones for your head that deploy from the door

  • Reliability

    Beautifully put together and crafted from the finest materials

  • Space

    Your luggage has plenty of room but you might feel a little cramped

  • Standard and extras

    Options include heated leather seats, sat-nav, a hard top, and ceramic brakes that cost over £5000 - eek!

  • What's it like to drive?

    The Porsche Boxster puts on a performance that's so dazzling you'll want to present it with flowers and pester it for an autograph every time you drive it. It drives almost flawlessly under any conditions: at low speed, it's so nimble it feels as though it could pirouette on the head of a pin; and at high speed, it's incredibly stable. It stops quickly, too, thanks to powerful anti-lock brakes. Paying extra for the optional Porsche Active Suspension Management makes the handling even sharper, but you won't be quite so comfortable. The car is also very quiet and, even on a motorway, you can whisper and still make yourself heard.

  • What's it like inside?

    The Porsche Boxster is fairly roomy for a roadster, and it's easy to find a good driving position. Too many small buttons clutter the dash, however. The roof folds away in under 10 seconds and you can do it at speeds of up to 30mph. Folding the roof doesn't reduce luggage space, which is a bonus, and there are two compartments for your bags. We'd like a few more storage compartments around the cabin, however.
    Standard kit isn't overly generous - you'll want to pay extra for Bluetooth and parking sensors which many future buyers will want.

  • How reliable is it?

    The Boxster has set new standards for safety with head airbags that deploy from the door, in addition to the usual front and side airbags. Stability control is included, along with an alarm and deadlocks.

  • Should I buy one?

    The Boxster is expensive and don't expect to get any dealer discounts. At least it should hold onto that value tightly. What you will get, however, is years of hassle-free motoring and only an average thirst for fuel. As with any soft-top, beware car thieves bearing Stanley knives and/or dogged determination - especially if you've spent extra on heated leather seats and sat-nav.