- Unbeatable handling
- High-end interior
- Potent engines
- Not much kit as standard
- Expensive options
- 2.5 litre engine is expensive to run
The best roadster on the market.
The Porsche Boxster might be the cheapest sports car that the German manufacturer offers, but it just happens to be one of the best. First introduced in 1996, and now in its third generation, the Boxster is the most fun you can have in a car that isn’t hard to live with. It comes with a high-quality interior, some potent engines, and sumptuous styling. It’s reasonably practical as well, so long as you only need two seats. There’s little to complain about with the Boxster. And if you go for a used model, you can take advantage of the enormous fun that the Boxster offers, without spending too much money.
Clean, modern, and exceptionally well built.
When you buy a Porsche, you expect it to really shine when it comes to interior quality. The Boxster doesn’t disappoint. It looks great as well, and is reasonably practical for a roadster. Equipment is average for the price however, and options are expensive.
The thought and consideration that’s gone into the dashboard design of the Boxster becomes clear as soon as you get behind the wheel. It’s sporty, without being shouty, and it still manages to feel hugely prestigious. Controls are well-damped, well-laid out, and easy to use, making it a very easy car to live with day-to-day. Material quality is also excellent, with the whole cabin covered in dense, soft-touch materials. Not all models come with leather upholstery however, so make sure to check when you’re buying a used model.
Practicality isn’t usually an issue for buyers of sports roadsters, but the Boxster is actually pretty impressive in this department. OK, there’s only two seats, so if you have a family, the Boxster isn’t even worth considering. But when it comes to boot space, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. There’s a boot both at the front, and the rear, and combined they offer 280 litres. That’s enough for a couple’s travel luggage. Ideal for a romantic summer’s trip to the coast.
Equipment levels in the Boxster are a little disappointing, especially considering the car’s price tag. Standard equipment includes air-con, 18” alloy wheels, sports seats, as well as 7” touch screen display. Boxster S models add bigger alloy wheels, and xenon headlights. But essentials such as leather seats, sat-nav, cruise control, DAB radio, and Bluetooth, are all optional extras. Thankfully, most buyers add these from new, so used models usually come well-equipped.
Overall the inside of the Boxster is a hugely impressive package. It’s well-designed, well-built, and surprisingly practical. It’s not especially well equipped, but it’s a small niggle. Behind the wheel of a Boxster feels just as special as it should be.
One of the best handling cars on the road.
When Porsche released the most recent Boxster, few people thought they could improve on the already excellent old model. Amazingly, Porsche have. The Boxster is easily the best handling car for the money. It handles like a dream, even if you’re not an experienced driver. Handling is sharp, whilst the steering is well-weighted and responsive. There’s very little body roll through the corners, due to the Boxster’s rear-engined, rear wheel drive platform. It’s impeccably weighted, so you can have fun whichever road you’re on.
Suspension and Chassis
Despite the Boxster’s stiff suspension, it’s actually a pretty comfortable and refined car. Potholes and rough surfaces are easily ironed out, even at speed, so you won’t have to compromise the grin on your face, with a sore bottom. With the roof up the Boxster also produces very little in the way of road and wind noise. So even if you’re doing a lot of motorway miles, it won’t ever be an annoying car to spend a lot of time in.
Gearbox options in the Boxster come in two guises. The standard throughout the range is a six speed manual transmission. It’s the one we’d go for, as it’s a truly fantastic gearbox. It’s slick, and precise, and really adds to driver enjoyment. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is also available as an optional extra, and it performs pretty well. Though if you really want to have fun behind the wheel, stick to the manual.
Two hugely responsive petrol engines.
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Boxster, you’ve got two options. Both petrol engines offer plenty of power, and running costs aren’t too bad for a car in this class. Actually, the lower powered engine is more fun out on twisty country lanes.
If you want all-out power to match the Boxster’s excellent handling, the stand-out option on paper is the 2.5 litre petrol engine. It produces an impressive 345bhp, and will accelerate from 0-62mph in a blisteringly quick 4.6 seconds. Even the 2.0 litre engine produces 300bhp, and takes just half a second longer to the same speed. The fact that it costs less to run, and is actually more fun to use, makes it a much better option for all but the ultra serious petrolheads.
Eco-friendly buyers don’t usually go for high powered sports cars as their steed of choice. The Boxster isn’t too bad though, especially if you go for the lesser powered 2.0 litre engine. It still produces 168g/km of CO2, which is far from impressive compared to conventional cars. But when you consider the fun you can have in a Boxster, it won’t leave you too much out of pocket when it comes to road tax. Money savers are best served going for this engine as well. The 38.2mpg isn’t what you’d call economical, but for a car of this class it’s still pretty impressive.
Whichever engine you go for in your Boxster you’re going to have an awful lot of fun. The 2.0 litre engine is not only cheaper to buy, and cheaper to run, it also has more than enough power to leave you with a smile on your face behind the wheel. It’s the one we’d recommend.
Not yet tested by NCAP, but decent standard safety kit.
Unfortunately, the Porsche Boxster hasn’t yet been tested by the boffins at NCAP. Obviously, being a sports car, it won’t be quite as safe as a family saloon, but Porsche do have a decent record with the other cars that they produce. You shouldn’t worry too much, that’s for sure. Whichever model you go for, your Boxster will come equipped as standard with six airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, and ABS. Automatic emergency braking, and blind spot warning are optional extras on all models.
Decent value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation.
Being a Porsche, the Boxster certainly isn’t the cheapest car to run that you can buy. If you buy a Boxster from new, with the optional extras you need, it won’t be particularly cheap to buy either. That’s why it makes more sense buying a used model that’s already taken the depreciation hit. Fuel economy and road tax bills are pretty high, though not too bad considering the thrills that the Boxster offers. Stick to the 2.0 litre engine if you don’t want money disappearing from your wallet each month.
Insurance groups for the Boxster depend on which model you choose to go for. Though both models aren’t cheap. The entry-level 2.0 litre Boxster is in group 40, whilst the more powerful Boxster S is in group 43.
Depreciation is one area that affects the Boxster, but only for the first year. With first year depreciation as high as ever, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Porsche Boxster remains the stand-out car in its class. It combines unbeatable handling, a high-end interior, and some incredibly potent engines, to make one of the best sports cars on the road. OK, it’s not cheap to buy. And it isn’t particularly cheap to run. But with its beautiful design, and the thrills that it offers, ultimately, it’s the best sports car that money can buy.
Buying a used Porsche Boxster online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Porsche Boxster for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Boxster. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Porsche Boxster online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Boxster? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Porsche Boxster, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used Boxster, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Porsche to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.