Porsche 911

The Essentials

  • Price from £67,202
  • What Car? says: 5 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 29.4mpg
  • What is it? Porsche's 911 is still an excellent sports car, and one of the few that can be used every day.

Great

  • Everything about it, bar the price tag
  • It's a mechanical wonder and will not fail you
  • The noise of that engine

Gripes

  • Rear seats are not going to sit anyone but little kids
  • Hardly any boot space
  • You'll get young bucks in souped-up Fiestas racing you
  • Drive

    Such a pleasure. So fast. So scary if you are not up for a sporty ride. Not for the slow lane

  • Inside

    Countdown is progressing, get ready for take off. (By jiggling the steering wheel, hunkering that chunky leather seat and breathing through your nostrils.) Lift off!

  • Safety

    Security upgrade on this new model. Loads of airbags, all the usual kit

  • Reliability

    You can flog it up and down the country and it will not lay down and die. Mechanical supremacy.

  • Space

    Fine and dandy for two, no way on earth for four, unless they've just escaped from a circus or are under school age. Boot is a joke, really.

  • Standard and extras

    Don't worry about the twiddlers, it's all taken care of. Spend your time trying to decide on engine size instead. Completely nutty or off-the-scale fast?

  • What's it like to drive?

    The Porsche 911 is very intuitive to drive - your fingers twitch to turn a corner and something magical happens to communicate that to the steering wheel before you are even aware of it. It takes responsiveness to new heights. Switch from firm sports suspension to comfort mode when you're buzzing through the city and potholes are no problem.

  • What's it like inside?

    You're sitting in the lap of luxury but as far as rear seat passengers are concerned, you're also sitting in their laps. Plenty of storage spaces keep your clutter under control, and there's boot space for overnight bags.

  • How reliable is it?

    It shouldn't - it's beautifully built and we expect it to stand the test of time. Safety kit is good, with six airbags and stability control as standard.

  • Should I buy one?

    Next time we win 70k on the Lottery we'll be joining the queue. It's one of the most useable sports cars money can buy.