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heycar review

      Launch year
      2016
      Body type
      Performance
      Fuel type
      Petrol
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Near perfect sportscar from Porsche

Best bits

  • Superb chassis with real agility, poise and engagement
  • The 4.0-litre flat-six engine in the GTS is incredible, with huge performance and massive character
  • All feel beautifully built and look sensational, while they’re relatively practical too

Not so great

  • Fast and flexible as the turbocharged engines are, they don’t sound particularly appealing
  • The price is just a starting point, as there are a lot of options needing ticking
  •  If you’ve an eye on re-sale value, you need to option the PDK automatic

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Porsche 718 Boxster Front Interior

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Porsche 718 Boxster Right Side View

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Overall verdict

"Good looking, supremely agile and fun, the 718 Boxster is a fantastic sports car, that’s as good to drive, and better, than cars costing many multiples of its price. If we’re gushing here it’s because the 718 Boxster deserves all the praise heaped upon it, yes, even with the less special turbocharged flat-four engines in them. It remains the car by which all others are judged, and rightly so."

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"The Porsche Boxster has been Porsche’s entry-level sportscar since 1997, the current 718 Boxster having been around since 2016 and added the 718 badge alongside familiar Boxster name."



You might hear Porsche fans refer to it as the 982, which is its internal model designation at Porsche, with previous Boxster models being the original 986 from 1997-2004, 987 from 2005-2012 and the 981 from 2012-2016. Since that original arrived the Boxster has been the sportscar by which all rivals are judged, as it really is a phenomenal car to drive, whatever one you pick.


The introduction of that 718 badge was telling, though, at least if you’re a Porsche history buff, as it nods back to a successful line of Porsche race cars powered by four-cylinder engines. 


Porsche’s Boxster, and its Cayman coupe relation, followed suit, Porsche bowing to the pressures of emissions and consumption regulations in 2016 and swapped out the six-cylinder engines that had powered the Boxster before, and added a 2.0 and 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engines. That move might have upset a good few Porsche enthusiasts, but, ultimately, it hasn’t impacted heavily on the 718 Boxster’s appeal to a wider audience.


Those engines remained ‘flat’ or ‘boxer’ units, indeed, the name Boxster is an amalgam of boxer and roadster, and the engine retains it mid-mounted position in the 718 Boxster’s chassis. That engine location is instrumental in how the 718 Boxster drives, it being low and centred to provide near-perfect weight distribution and a low centre of gravity, both factors being to the enormous benefit of agility.


The engines may have lost a pair of cylinders to become the 718 Boxster, but they didn’t see any corresponding drop in power. Indeed, thanks to turbocharging, the 718 Boxster’s 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre engines offer 300PS and 350PS respectively, while their low- and mid-range flexibility was also significantly boosted. 


That makes them easier day-to-day cars, needing less work to make progress than you did in the previous Boxsters. Even so, in a not entirely unsurprising U-turn, Porsche has re- introduced naturally-aspirated (no turbo) flat-six engines back into the Boxster line-up, with the range-topping GTS model getting slightly detuned, to 400PS, it being a version of the 4.0-litre engine that’s fitted to the 718 Boxster Spyder and Cayman GT4 – those more specialist models different enough to be worthy of their own review.


Like all the models in the 718 Boxster line up, that GTS is offered with either a six-speed manual transmission, or a paddle-shifted, seven-speed PDK automatic gearbox, PDK being a German abbreviation of Doppelkupplung, which means double clutch. The model line-up follows the familiar 718 Boxster, 718 Boxster T, 718 Boxster S and 718 Boxster GTS price and performance walk, with the base and T models powered by that 2.0-litre engine, the S gaining the 2.5-litre unit and the GTS that glorious 4.0-litre flat-six.


As ever the 718 Boxster has considerable badge appeal, good looks and is usefully practical too, at least in open-topped sports car terms, and if you want all that but in coupe form, there’s the option of the slightly cheaper 718 Cayman, which you can read about here (add link).

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Porsche Boxster

2.0 2dr PDK

  • 2021
  • 1,500 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Dick Lovett Porsche Cardiff
  • Glamorgan, CF118TW
Price:£63,990
PCP: £1,052.31/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £1,052.31, Customer Deposit: £9,598.00, Total Deposit: £9,598.50, Optional Final Payment: £25,683.75, Total Charge For Credit: £8,123.10, Total Amount Payable: £72,113.10, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.9%, Excess Mileage Charge: 18ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Porsche Boxster

2.7 2dr PDK

  • 2014
  • 66,617 miles
  • Grange Jaguar Hatfield
  • Hertfordshire, AL109US
Price:£28,000
HP: £762.13/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £762.13, Customer Deposit: £4,200.00, Total Deposit: £4,200.00, Total Charge For Credit: £3,636.68, Total Amount Payable: £31,636.68, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.45%

Is the Porsche 718 Boxster right for you?

If you’re even contemplating a two-seat roadster and have a budget starting around £50,000 then it’d be remiss not to include the 718 Boxster on your list of potential purchases. The 718 Boxster has long been the car by which all cars in its class are judged, and while rivals are good, none offer such a rounded proposition as the popular Porsche. It is an incredible driver’s car while also being a credible daily car and even, thanks to two luggage compartments, usefully practical – by the standards of the class.


The Boxster’s success underlines that it’s not just right for you, but right for lots of people, and justifiably so, even if there remains a bit of snobbery among some that it’s somehow a ‘poor persons’ Porsche as it’s not a 911. We really don’t subscribe to that, as from £50,000 upwards it’s not cheap, and it’s arguably better to drive than its iconic 911 relation.

What’s the best Porsche 718 Boxster model/engine to choose?

The 718 Boxster range encompasses a decent spread of models, and each has their own character and appeal. The base model is quick, looks fantastic and drives beautifully, if that’s all your budget can manage you’ll not feel short-changed or any less special driving it. The S adds some power and equipment, most of which you could live without, but, likewise, are nice to have.


The T is a bit more specialist, being an amalgam of the base model’s engine and GTS model’s suspension, aimed at more demanding drivers. It’s a hugely fun car, without any real compromises over its relations despite its sharper focus. 


The GTS’s 4.0-litre 400PS engine is a hugely compelling reason to buy it, and if budget’s not such an issue, it’s the one we’d unreservedly choose. With any Porsche the sweet-shifting manual is so good we’d always prefer it, but, similarly, if you want your mid-engined Porsche with the ease, and the greater performance that the PDK paddle-shifted automatic brings, you’d not be wrong, either.

What other cars are similar to the 718 Boxster?

The premium roadster marketplace has four rivals that fit pretty much the same brief as the 718 Boxster, albeit all a little bit less convincingly. 


Mercedes-Benz offers the SLC though it’s getting very old now, BMW can bring its BMW Z4 along to a roadster shoot out, Audi its TT Roadster and Jaguar its F-Type Convertible. All have merit, but the 718 Boxster outshines them all on the road, and, arguably forbrand appeal, too. It’s not unlikely that potential 718 Boxster buyers might be looking at used Porsche 911 Cabriolets too.

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Porsche 718 Boxster Front Interior

On the inside

Porsche 718 Boxster Front View

Driving

Porsche 718 Boxster Right Side View

How much does it cost to run

Porsche 718 Boxster Right Side View

Prices, versions and specification