Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Both the Targa 4 and 4S undercut more exclusive rivals such as the Aston Martin DB11 Volante, Audi R8 Spyder and Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster by quite a wide margin, but they do look quite expensive when compared with the Jaguar F-Type.
With a long options list, 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 it builds – helps to ensure that resale values are very strong. In fact, the Targa is predicted to hold onto its value better than all of those aforementioned rivals.
Fuel consumption might pleasantly surprise you, too; achieving over 30mpg isn’t too tricky with a light right foot. Just remember, however, that you can see that drop to the low teens if you’re having fun.
Surprisingly, given its reputation, Porsche finished in a disappointing 21st place out of 31 manufacturers in our most recent reliability survey. It’s not all bad news though, because 911s come with a comprehensive three-year, unlimited-mile warranty, including breakdown assistance.
In terms of value, the entry-level 4 will is the pick of the bunch. 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.
In terms of safety, 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.
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