Ferrari Portofino 2019 RHD front seats

Ferrari Portofino review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£166,295
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Predictably, the Portofino doesn’t come cheap, costing significantly more than the Porsche 911 Cabriolet and Mercedes-AMG SL63, but undercutting the Bentley Continental GT Convertible. Of course, the Portofino’s options list is somewhat tantalising, but ask yourself this: would you rather have some lightweight wheels and fancy paint or a brand new Audi A3 Cabriolet? We ask because both cost very nearly £30,000.

Even a few basics, such as Apple CarPlay, adaptive dampers, front and rear parking cameras and an upgraded stereo adds up to over £10,000. You do get a fair amount of kit as standard, though; including heated electric leather seats, climate control and cruise control.

Of course, the expense doesn’t stop with the purchase price; 267g/km CO2 emissions place the Portofino in the top 37% BIK company car tax bracket. Private buyers will pay the highest level of road tax, too, with a purchase price some way beyond £40,000. To be fair, though, all of its competitors are in the same boat.

Unsurprisingly, Euro NCAP hasn’t crash tested the Portofino, and you don’t get a great deal of safety kit, either. You can’t have automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance or blind spot monitoring. Best drive carefully, then.

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Ferrari's 'everyday' convertible might not be the most cosseting cruiser, but stonking performance and agile handling more than make up for it.

  • Ferocious pace
  • Handling prowess
  • Fast-acting roof works at up to 30mph
  • Jerky in stop start traffic and when manoeuvring
  • Arguably a bit firmly sprung for a grand tourer
  • Significant reduction in boot capacity with the roof down