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 DB11 Volante and Audi R8 Spyder by a wide margin, but they do look quite expensive when compared with the Jaguar F-Type.
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 a respectable 28.0mpg (although you’ll be lucky to get anywhere near this if you make the most of its performance).
Equipment, options and extras
Unless you regularly drive your sports car to the Alps, 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.
The 911 Cabriolet 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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