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Porsche 718 Boxster review

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Porsche 718 Boxster
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20 Sep 2016 22:00 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 10:07

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Porsche Boxster sports running costs

It has a Porsche badge on the nose, so naturally buying a 718 Boxster will require a hefty initial investment (with no discounts). The S and GTS models, with more powerful engines, unsurprisingly cost even more. Servicing, replacement parts and tyres will all cost more than you might expect.

Worse still, real-world fuel economy in the S variant is very disappointing; our True MPG tests revealed an average of just 28.4mpg – that's less than what you'll get from a supercharged V6 Jaguar F-Type. We've yet to test the entry-level Boxster or the range-topping GTS version.

More postively, the Boxster will hold onto its value well, so the costs stack up surprisingly well against rivals such as the F-type. However, the car does look very expensive next to the Audi TT Roadster, even before you consider the more generous equipment in that car.

Porsche Boxster sports equipment

Porsche is notorious for giving away very little standard equipment and this is true of all Boxsters. Even the GTS model lacks the sort of kit you might expect on a car costing more than £50k; things such as cruise control, parking sensors, a reversing camera, power-folding door mirrors, heated seats and even climate control.

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

We'd stick with the standard car with a few choice options, but if you're considering the S with some or all of the upgrades mentioned above, the GTS model could end up costing you less and be worth more in the future.

Porsche 718 Boxster

Porsche Boxster sports reliability

In our most recent reliability survey, Porsche finished 15th out of the 32-strong list of manufacturers surveyed. That's much better than Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz, but behind Audi.

Every Boxster comes with a three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty but, like most cars of this type, it will chew through consumables such as tyres and brakes at a rate of knots.

Porsche Boxster sports safety and security

There’s no Euro NCAP crash data available for the Boxster, but all models come with six airbags and the options of automatic emergency braking and blindspot 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, though.

You have to pay extra to add Isofix fittings to the passenger seat, while a speed limit display is also on the options list.

Security experts Thatcham Research gave the Boxster a maximum five-star rating for resisting theft and four stars for withstanding being broken into.

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The Porsche 718 Boxster is sensational to drive and beautifully built – it’s one of the best open-top sports cars on sale

  • Brilliant handling
  • Surprisingly comfortable ride
  • Classy interior
  • Engine sounds flat
  • Slightly uneven power delivery
  • You'll want to add lots of options
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