Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
The Carrera and Carrera S both undercut arguably more exclusive rivals, including the Aston Martin Vantage and Audi R8, by a fairly hefty margin. However, even those versions of the 911 look pretty pricey next to the Jaguar F-Type and, indeed, Porsche's own Cayman and Boxster models.
The Turbo and, particularly, the Turbo S versions are vastly more expensive still, although when you consider the performance they offer, they're actually pretty well priced compared with more exotic alternatives from the likes of McLaren, Ferrari and Lamborghini.
Equipment, options and extras
We’d go for the entry-level Carrera, although you will want to add quite a few options. As well as the seat upgrade and reversing camera we mentioned earlier, we'd recommend (at the very least) power-folding door mirrors and keyless entry – but there are plenty more extras you might want to consider.
You get increasingly more standard kit on the pricier variants of the 911 but, even if you go for the range-topping Turbo S, you'll almost certainly want to tick a few option boxes.
The 911 comes with a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty and three years’ European breakdown cover. Unfortunately, the 911 was found to be one of the least reliable sports cars in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey, and Porsche as a whole finished a disappointing joint 22nd (out of 31 brands) in the overall manufacturer league table.
Safety and security
You get plenty of airbags and a sophisticated stability control system, while the front passenger seat features Isofix child seat mounting points. It’s just a pity you have to pay extra for blindspot monitoring and lane-keeping assistance.
An engine immobiliser and an alarm are standard, but if you want more protection you can pay for Porsche’s vehicle tracking system, which makes it possible to trace stolen vehicles across most of Europe.
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