Porsche 718 Boxster review

Category: Sports car

Section: Costs & verdict

Porsche 718 Boxster 2021 instruments detail
  • Porsche 718 Boxster 2021 front tracking
  • Porsche 718 Boxster 2021 rear cornering
  • Porsche 718 Boxster 2021 front seats
  •  Porsche 718 Boxster 2021 seats
  • Porsche 718 Boxster 2021 instruments detail
  • Porsche 718 Boxster 2021 front wide tracking
  • Porsche 718 Boxster 2021 right panning
  • Porsche 718 Boxster 2021 rear right tracking
  • Porsche 718 Boxster 2021 right roof opening
  • Porsche 718 Boxster 2021 front boot
  • Porsche 718 Boxster 2021 rear boot
  • Porsche 718 Boxster 2021 front tracking
  • Porsche 718 Boxster 2021 rear cornering
  • Porsche 718 Boxster 2021 front seats
  •  Porsche 718 Boxster 2021 seats
  • Porsche 718 Boxster 2021 instruments detail
  • Porsche 718 Boxster 2021 front wide tracking
  • Porsche 718 Boxster 2021 right panning
  • Porsche 718 Boxster 2021 rear right tracking
  • Porsche 718 Boxster 2021 right roof opening
  • Porsche 718 Boxster 2021 front boot
  • Porsche 718 Boxster 2021 rear boot
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

It’s got the Porsche badge on its nose, so, naturally, buying a 718 Boxster will require a hefty initial investment (with no discounts available, either) – even more so for our favourite GTS model. If your budget doesn't stretch to the GTS, the Alpine A110 makes a brilliant alternative to the Boxster and Boxster S if you want a driver's car, as does the Audi TT Roadster if you simply want the pleasure of the open air.

More positively, the Boxster will hold onto its value well, so the costs stack up surprisingly well against rivals such as the F-Type Convertible over the longer term, and the short term if you're buying one on a PCP finance deal.

So what do you get? Well, the standard Boxster comes with an electric roof, electric windows, air-con, 18in alloy wheels, xenon headlights and part-Alcantara seats. The S adds 19in wheels, while the GTS (our pick) comes with discrete styling upgrades, 20in wheels, lowered adaptive suspension, a limited-slip differential, sports exhaust and the Sports Chrono Pack.

Porsche 718 Boxster 2021 instruments detail

Reliability

In the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey, Porsche faired poorly as a manufacturer, placing 22nd (joint with Audi) in the 31-strong list of manufacturers. That's a long way behind Toyota in second and BMW in ninth, and just behind Jaguar. And the Boxster itself did terribly in the sports cars and convertibles category, finishing in last place.

Overview

In GTS trim, with its glorious 4.0-litre flat-six engine, the Porsche 718 Boxster sounds amazing, is sensational to drive and is beautifully built – it’s one of the best open-top sports cars on sale. However, if your budget doesn't stretch to that, the four-cylinder versions aren't as pleasing, so it's worth looking instead at the Alpine A110 and Audi TT. Two things to note: the Boxster's reliability is pretty shocking and it's not well equipped.

  • Brilliant handling
  • Surprisingly comfortable ride
  • Classy interior
  • Four-cylinder engines sounds gruff
  • Terrible reliability record
  • You'll want to add lots of options
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Target Price from £49,800
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Used car deals
From £30,990