Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder review

Category: Sports car

Section: Costs & verdict

Available fuel types:petrol
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  • 2019 718 Boxster Spyder front cornering shot
  • 2019 718 Boxster Spyder LHD front static
  • 2019 718 Boxster Spyder LHD left static
  • 2019 718 Boxster Spyder LHD rear static
  • 2019 718 Boxster Spyder headlamp detail
  • 2019 718 Boxster Spyder headlamp badge detail
  • 2019 718 Boxster Spyder rear cornering shot
  • 2019 718 Boxster Spyder LHD instrument panel
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RRP from£75,275

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Boxster Spyder looks expensive next to the BMW Z4 M40i and Audi TT RS, but it’s feels like a more exquisite car all round. It’s a bargain next to equivalently quick versions of the Jaguar F-Type, too, plus you can expect some of the strongest resale values of any car on sale. 

Cylinder deactivation, which cuts out three of the six cylinders when you’re only lightly touching the accelerator pedal, helps reduce fuel consumption, but even so, the Spyder’s official economy is just 25.7mpg. From our experience that's about the best you can expect, but it's way more than some F-Type’s will achieve. CO2 emissions are 249g/km.

Equipment is pretty basic. Manual air conditioning is standard, for example, so if you want even fairly ordinary upgrades, such as climate control, get ready to dip into the options list – and deep into your pocket. 

2019 718 Boxster Spyder instrument panel close-up
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Overview

For the money, the Porsche Boxster Spyder is truly sublime. It looks fantastic, but what’s underneath, including the fabulous flat-six engine and GT4 suspension, equips it to dynamically outgun cheaper – and more expensive – rivals alike. It’s one of the best convertible sports cars you can buy.

  • Wonderful naturally aspirated flat-six engine
  • Stunning handling
  • Better to drive than many more expensive rivals
  • Part-manual convertible roof is a faff
  • Not as comfortable overall as BMW Z4 M40i
  • Not very well equipped