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- Looks even better
- Fantastic to drive
- Decent value
- Steering complaints
- Electric hand-brake
- Little else...
One of the criticisms of the previous Boxster was that at times, it didn’t feel quite special enough inside. Porsche has worked hard to change that and all agree that the new interior looks better, and feels classier than the old model. It also brings the gear stick closer to the steering wheel, ideal for quicker driving, particularly with the manual gearbox.
The seats are mounted lower and have more adjustment, so there’s both more space, and more comfort. It’s also refined with the fabric hood up, and when the sun comes out, it takes a class-leading 9 seconds to stow. If there’s one, tiny criticism of the cabin, it’s that with the roof down it gets a bit windy - but surely that’s part of the experience. What isn’t part of the experience is the new electric handbrake, which one reviewer deplores. If it ain’t broke…
If we told you the Boxster was virtually perfect to drive, we wouldn’t be far of the mark. Every single review is absolutely full of praise for ever aspect of the way it drives, save for one area: The steering.
While weighting and response are spot-on, some experts do say the new electro-mechanical rack has less feel than the old hydraulic system. Most drivers won’t notice, and many won’t care (as several testers admit), but for a hardcore few, it may be a little disappointing.
Meanwhile, balance and rigidity are praised, and the ride quality and damping are described as “exemplary”, even on the optional 20-inch wheels (19-inchers are standard). The brakes are excellent, in both pedal feel and power.
Initially, the Boxster is available with two engines - a 2.7-litre flat six, and a 3.4-litre version in the S model. Once again, there’s nothing but high praise for the new engine.
It sounds great, particularly with the optional sports exhaust, recommended by a few testers. It’s incredibly responsive, drivers say it pulls hard throughout the rev range, and it’s even more economical than before - almost 37mpg with the twin-clutch PDK transmission in the non-S Boxster. The PDK is quicker than the manual, but purists will appreciate the six-speed manual’s excellent shift quality.
Value for money
Given the better economy, which also has advantages in the tax department, the Boxster is already a better value choice than its predecessor.
You’ll pay a little more for a Boxster than you might for some rivals, but just take a look at that buzzScore - no rival gets close, so you may pay more but you’re getting talent to show for it. Equipment levels are generous too, so you won't have to spend a lot on options.
There’s one more rival the Boxster has to beat too, and which it thrashes on value: Porsche’s own 911.
There are 19- and 20-inch wheel options, but since the 20-inch wheels don’t destroy the ride, if you can afford them then feel free. Likewise the twin-clutch PDK transmission. It works really well, and it’s more economical, but the manual works well too.
Don't be a snob and rule out the standard Boxster 2.7, the reviews are exceptionally positive and many say it has all the power you'd need. Check out our engine guides to help you decide whether the S is worth the extra outlay.
The current Boxster starts where the old model left off - at the top of the class. You’re unlikely to be disappointed with it, and most reviews are fairly unanimous - if you’re in the market for a sports car, get a Boxster. For many critics, this is now the best model that Porsche makes.
- Price range:
- £38,767 - £48,564
- 32 - 36
- Date released:
- Model history:
- This is the 3rd Generation Boxster, codenamed the 981
- Engine to go for:
- The S is faster, but the reviews say the 2.7 (the "standard" Boxster) is great value for money and seriously quick too!
- Options to go for:
- The sports exhaust gets a lot of praise
- Other variants:
- Just like the previous generation Boxster, expect a couple of special editions, a faster special edition is rumoured to be coming in late 2013.
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