2019 Porsche 911 (992) front from low down

Porsche 911 review

Costs & verdict
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

Both the Carrera S and 4S undercut more exclusive rivals such as the Aston Martin Vantage and Audi R8 by a wide margin, but they do look quite expensive when compared to the Jaguar F-Type Coupé.

A long options list means it’s easy to add thousands of pounds to the price, too, and discounts are non-existent. However, this fact – along with how tightly Porsche controls the number of cars built – helps to ensure that resale values are very strong.

The cheapest model to run is the rear-wheel drive Carrera S, which averages 28.5mpg (although you’ll be lucky to get anywhere near this if you make the most of its performance).

Equipment, options and extras

We’d go for the Carrera S, because it’s quite a bit cheaper than the four-wheel drive 4S and yet still feels completely unflappable – particularly in its Wet mode.

Standard equipment includes leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, LED headlights, cruise control, heated seats and keyless entry. Several desirable items are reserved for the options list, though, including rain-sensing wipers and keyless start.

2019 Porsche 911 (992) infotainment touchscreen

Reliability

The 911 comes with a three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty and three years’ European breakdown cover. Unfortunately, Porsche finished towards the bottom of our most recent reliability survey.

Safety and security

You get six airbags and a sophisticated stability control system, while all three passenger seats feature 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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Verdict

The Porsche 911 is a thrilling sports car and one of the few that you can live with every day.

  • Seriously rapid
  • Great to drive on any road
  • Beautifully finished
  • Lots of road noise
  • Expensive options

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Performance & drive
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