It’s got a Porsche badge on the nose, so naturally buying a 718 Boxster will require a hefty initial investment (with no discounts), and the Boxster S even more so given the circa five-figure premium it commands over the lower powered, 2.0-litre version. Servicing, replacement parts and tyres will all cost more than you might expect, too.
Worse still, real-world fuel economy in the 2.5-litre S is very disappointing: our True MPG tests revealed an average of just 28.4mpg, which is less than you'll get from a supercharged V6 Jaguar F-Type. We've yet to test the entry-level 2.0-litre Boxster.
More postively, the Boxster will hold on to its value well, so the costs stack up surprisingly well against rivals such as the Jaguar F-type. However, the 718 does look very expensive next to the Audi TT Roadster, even before you consider the more generous equipment on the Audi.
Porsche Boxster equipment
Porsche is notorious for offering very little equipment as standard, and this is true of both the standard model and the higher-powered Boxster S. Neither car has Bluetooth, cruise control, sat-nav, parking sensors, or a DAB digital radio as standard. Not only that, but adding these options separately is expensive, with few ‘bundles’ of kit offered to lower the cost.
The problem is that to protect the future resale value of your car, adding most of these items is essential – so you may have to bite the bullet and add them regardless.
Porsche Boxster reliability
Assessing the Boxster’s reliability is tricky, because Porsche doesn't feature in most reliaiblity surveys. As well as this, the engines are new so they don't have a track record of proven dependability. In our most recent used car reliability survey, Porsche finished second from bottom of the 37-strong list, although most of the cars in that survey are no longer sold new.
Every Boxster comes with a three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, but like most cars of this type it will chew through consumables like tyres and brakes in a much shorter time.
Porsche Boxster safety & security
There’s no Euro NCAP crash data available for the 718 Boxster, but all models come with six airbags and the options of automatic emergency braking and blind spot warning. The standard steel brakes are more than up to the job of frequent stops from high speed, but Porsche offers fade-free carbon-ceramic discs as an option. The latter is only worth considering is you plan to attend track days.
You have to pay extra to add Isofix fittings to the passenger seat of the Boxster, while a speed limit display is also on the options list.
Security experts Thatcham gave the Boxster a maximum five-star rating for resisting theft, and four stars for withstanding being broken into.
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Entry-level Boxsters come with xenon headlights, LED running lights, 18in alloys, part-electric seat adjustment, Alcantara and faux-leather upholstery, air conditioning, and a 7.0in touchscreen, plus the entry-level 2.0-litre petrol engine.
718 Boxster S
The S model gets a standard mesh wind deflector, 19in alloys, part-leather interior and sports seats, extra styling details and the potent 2.5-litre petrol engine. You'll still want to add plenty of options, though.