There's a bit of a grumble from the flat-six engine on start-up from cold, but once warmed up and on the move it makes a very agreeable growl.
Comfort and Refinement
Some Porsches, particularly older ones, can be quite difficult for finding an ideal driving position if you are not tall and do not have large feet to deal with high, heavy pedals. Happily that is not true of the Boxster, and it is adequately adjustable and perfectly comfortable for drivers of very varying sizes. There is sufficient adjustment on both the driving seat and steering wheel to tailor a good driving position, even for shorter-bodied drivers.
The car comes equipped with standard faux-leather Alcantara trim, upgradable to part leather for £745 and full leather for just over £2,000. Cabin quality is excellent, with everything high quality and very precisely fitted.
Engine sound is part of the car’s DNA, and it is always there as you drive, but with a pleasing tone and not unduly intrusive. There’s a bit of a grumble from the flat-six engine on start-up from cold, but once warmed up and on the move it makes a very agreeable growl. General refinement is pretty good for the type of car it is, with very reasonable wind noise even at speed with the hood raised.
Safety and Security
The Boxster, in common with other relatively low volume sports cars, has not been tested under the Euro NCAP crash test programme, but Porsches are known for their tough build quality and the car comes with a good standard safety kit provision and its active safety in terms of precision driving calibre is excellent. The car also comes with electronic safety aids, a comprehensive package of airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners.
The Boxster is reasonably well kitted, but there are some extras you really need to add, both for your own comfort and for the car’s re-sale value when the time comes to part with it a few years down the line. They do add up though. A radio-CD player is standard but the combined audio/satnav kit adds over £2,000. MP3 connectivity is standard, but you need to splash out £445 for Bluetooth connectivity. Heated seats add £283 and rear parking sensors are £348. You won’t want to do without the wind deflector that keeps the cabin unruffled with the roof down, and that is a £182 option.
The good news is that the Boxster does not need to visit a garage too often for routine servicing. You can do 20,000 in a year between services.
- Audi TT Roadster
- BMW Z4
- Mercedes-Benz SLK
- Nissan 370Z
What We Liked
- Vivid performance
- Great handling, grippy and precise
- Communicative steering
- Muscular styling, looks the part
- Rapid hood, just nine seconds from open to shut
- That enviable Porsche badge on the bonnet
- Knowing it’s the best Boxster yet
What We Disliked
- Modest boot space, limits what you can take with you on a trip
- The wind deflector is an extra, it should be on the standard kit list
- Bluetooth and parking sensor also extras you can’t really do without
- Lack of a reversing camera, it would be useful on a slope-tailed car like this
What We Would Like To See
- A Boxster with a big bow around it parked outside on my birthday
What a car. The Boxster is stunningly good, brilliant fun to drive and probably the best two-seater roadster on the road today. We love it, and you will too if you are a keen driver with an appetite for a two-seater roadster. Precision handling, great performance and that fast-operating hood are all big plusses. Just be careful to add the right kit and be prepared to pack light when you go away.28 May 2013
Porsche Boxster Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Porsche Boxster|
|Body Type||2-door Convertible|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||5.8 Seconds|
|Top Speed||164 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||44.8 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 Years / Unlimited Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 28/05/13)||£38,237|