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WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

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The Porsche Boxster has long been the benchmark in the sports roadster sector - and still is in this latest turbocharged '718 Boxster' guise. It's more powerful, more efficient, sharper to drive and better looking. What's not to like?


Porsche's redoubtable 718 Boxster roadster is as good as ever. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Ten Second Review

The Porsche Boxster has long been the benchmark in the sports roadster sector - and still is in this latest turbocharged '718 Boxster' guise. It's more powerful, more efficient, sharper to drive and better looking. What's not to like?


How do you begin to design an even better Porsche Boxster? Think about the restrictions placed upon you, were you to be tasked with the job. It would need to be better to drive than any of its key rivals, yet it would also need to wriggle into a price bracket that slotted it between sports roadsters and the latest Porsche 911 models. It would need to appeal to the German intent on thrashing it around the Nurburgring, the Floridian retiree with a golf bag in the boot and those inching through the Beijing rush hour. As with any successor model, it would need to pull off the trick of being better built but lighter, quicker yet more economical and offering more equipment while issuing fewer tailpipe emissions. That's one heck of a balancing trick. Thing is, Porsche looks as if it has pulled it off with this 718 Boxster model. The '718' reference in the name refers not to the engine but a series of classic Porsche mid-engined models that won numerous races in the 1950s and '60s.

Driving Experience

The Porsche Boxster's reputation as a driver's car has been burnished with each successive generation and this improved third generation variant appears to offer a useful step forward in this '718' form. Much has changed on the engine front. The entry level unit has been downsized to a 2.0-litre unit, but thanks to the addition of turbocharging, the good news is that it generates 35PS more than the old 2.7-litre lump, managing a hearty 300PS, which is much more than the original Boxster S. This same 300PS engine is also offered in the more driver-focused Boxster T variant. The '718 Boxster S' offers a 2.5-litre capacity (down from 3.4) but the powerplant is good for 350PS (up from 315PS). The Boxster GTS 4.0 has a 400PS version of the brand's 4.0-litre six cylinder powerplant. And the top 718 Spyder uses the same 4.0-litre V6 with 420PS. Across the range, a six-speed manual is fitted as standard, although the optional seven-speed PDK double clutch gearbox is sure to be popular. This gets revised software for quicker and smoother shifts. With the optional PDK gearbox, the '718 Boxster' will hit 62mph in a claimed 4.7s, with the '718 Boxster S' managing to knock over the benchmark sprint in just 4.2s. Handling-wise, the re-tuned chassis enhances cornering performance and the electro-mechanical power steering system is configured to be 10% more direct. 'Porsche Active Suspension Management' is an option and 'S' buyers can specify an even more focused 'Sport Chassis'. Plus there's the usual 'Sport Chrono Package' option with its various selectable driving mode settings that now include a 'Sport Response' button for brief extra engine responsiveness when you need it.

Design and Build

The 718 Boxster has small but subtle differences over its predecessor, the front featuring a wider and more purposeful appearance, with larger cooling air intakes referencing the new turbocharged engine beating within. The nose is completed by restyled Bi-Xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights. In profile, identifying features include independently-styled wheel arches and side sills. Larger air inlet panels with two fins further emphasise the car's dynamic look. The doors are now designed without door handle recess covers. The rear of the 718 Boxster has been redesigned, characterized by a much wider appearance - emphasized by the accent strip with its integrated 'Porsche' badge between the tail lights. The tail lights have been restyled too and are distinguished by three-dimensional LED technology and four-point brake lights. Build quality looks better than ever from this car, these days built entirely in-house at Zuffenhausen rather than being contracted out to Valmet in Finland as many early Boxsters were. The key interior styling feature is a gently angled centre stack that houses many of the minor controls and the gear shifter, reminiscent in design to that found on the iconic Carrera GT supercar. The lightweight fully electric hood dispenses with a compartment lid for the convertible top when stowed.

Market and Model

Where before you could buy a new Boxster for significantly under £40,000, these days, that's no longer possible. This '718' model starts at around £47,000 in 2.0-litre turbo form - the T version with the same 300PS engine costs around £52,000. You're looking at around £56,000 for the Boxster in 2.5-litre 350PS turbo 'S' guise. There's also a GTS 4.0-litre 400PS model costing around £66,000. And a unique 6 cylinder model, the Spyder, with 420PS and a £74,000 price tag. Equipment-wise, the base-spec Boxster features 19" alloy wheels, auto stop/start and sports mode, remote control hood operation, audio CD with colour touch-screen control, a universal audio interface offering MP3 connectivity and a three year warranty. A central feature of the new interior is Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with mobile phone preparation, audio interfaces and the Sound Package Plus with 110 watts of audio power. PCM can be extended with optional modules to thoroughly adapt it to personal requirements. For instance, the navigation module including voice control is available, which makes it easy to input driving destinations. In addition, the Connect Plus module is available as an extension of the navigation module; it provides online navigation services and enhanced online audio features. With Porsche Vehicle Tracking System Plus (PVTS+) as standard, the 718 Boxster offers the highest class of vehicle security. All new Boxster customers also get the opportunity to explore the potential of their car by participating in a complimentary course at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone. It's hard to imagine a more enjoyable day you could spend with your new toy.

Cost of Ownership

Porsche has carved an enviable reputation when it comes to the efficiency of its sports models and the '718 Boxster' continues to show other manufacturers the way forward. The launch of the 718 Boxster represents a return by the brand to building sports cars with flat four-cylinder 'boxer' engines. The addition of a turbocharger significantly boosts torque while improving fuel economy. In the 718 Boxster, the four-cylinder flat engine with PDK has a Combined fuel consumption figure of up to 33.2mpg and up to 194g/km of CO2 (both WLTP). In the 718 Boxster S, the 2.5-litre turbo engine with PDK returns up to 30.1 mpg combined and up to 208g/km (both WLTP). Each 718 model is equipped with a six-speed manual transmission as standard. The Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) auto transmission, which now features fuel-saving 'virtual gears' previously introduced on the 911 model series, is available as an option. The PDK transmission features a 'sailing' mode whereby the engine is decoupled during periods of trailing throttle or on longer downhill sections, dropping the engine revs to a mere 700rpm, further saving fuel. Prod the throttle and it will instantly resume duty. Residual values have held up reasonably well on the last Boxster and there's no reason to believe that this model won't follow suit.


It's hard to countenance now, but the Boxster wasn't an instant hit for Porsche. Many saw the original 204bhp 2.5-litre car as being an overly watered-down facsimile of what a proper Porsche should be. How times have changed. As the mainstream 911 model and its market has matured, the Boxster, and its sibling coupe model, the Cayman, has increasingly come to definitively represent the essence the company's know how for a new generation of buyers. This latest '718 Boxster' model only underscores that fact - to the extent that many buyers will question why you'd pay a big premium for an open topped 911. The marginal benefit of a vestigial pair of rear seats? Horses for courses you may rightly say, none of which detracts from the fact that Porsche has excelled itself in improving this latest Boxster. The last model bowed out while still comfortably at the top of its game with rivals scratching around for ways to get close. I have a suspicion that it'll be a similar story when this version finally gets pensioned off.

  • Green tinted heat insulating glass
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Top tinted windscreen
  • Power windows with one touch operation and door seal protection
  • Windscreen washer system with two wiper speeds and washer jets

  • Electrically controlled parking brake
  • Front and rear lightweight spring strut axle
  • Anti-slip regulation

  • Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) sport suspension with lowered 20mm ride height
  • Porsche Stability Management (PSM) with ABS, advanced brake functions

  • Instrument cluster with central rev counter and high-resolution 4.6 inch colour display
  • Digital displays for vehicle speed, chosen gear, odometer, trip odometer and clock

  • Mirror upper trims painted in agate grey
  • Electrically adjustable heated exterior mirrors on door waist rails, aspherical on driver's side

  • High gloss black interior trim

  • VarioCam Plus variable valve timing and lift
  • Turbocharger with intercooler
  • Two seater vehicle with mid mounted engine
  • Direct fuel injection (DFI)
  • Integrated dry-sump lubrication with an on-demand oil pump
  • Two three-way catalytic converters and on-board diagnostics for monitoring emission control system
  • Aluminium block and cylinder heads
  • Water cooled with thermal management
  • Gasoline particulate filter
  • 4 valves per cylinder

  • Integrated 4G/LTE compatible SIM including data for the Porsche Connect Services
  • Integrated compatible SIM including Porsche Connect Services
  • Wifi and music streaming

  • Intelligent lightweight body in Aluminium/Steel composite construction
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Automatically extending rear spoiler
  • Twin tract sports exhaust system with black central twin tailpipe in stainless steel
  • 718 Boxster T stripes in agate grey
  • Fully automatic fabric hood, electrically operated/heatable rigid glass rear screen, operable approx 31 mph and convenient operation by key remote
  • Door opening loops in black

  • Automatic headlight activation including welcome home lighting
  • Separate auxiliary lights in the front end with LED indicators and position lights

  • Adjustable fan with air recirculation and defroster functions

  • SPORT button to activate dynamic driving settings for engine, transmission (with PDK)
  • Hood lining in black fabric
  • 12V sockets in passenger footwell
  • Porsche logo in high gloss silver colour
  • Seat centres in sport tex, side bolsters and headrests in leather
  • Gloss black interior door handles
  • Storage compartments in each doors
  • Two individual cup holders (integral to dashboard trim strip)
  • Elevated centre console with uncovered storage compartment and closed storage compartment
  • Front and rear luggage compartments
  • Lockable glovebox
  • Clothes hooks on front seat backrests

  • Footwell illumination
  • LED reading lights, orientation, ignition lock, additionally luggage compartment and glove compartment lighting

  • Sport Chrono Pack - Boxster

  • 3 point automatic seatbelts
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limiters
  • Full size driver and passenger airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Porsche side impact protection doors with thorax airbag in outer backrest side bolster and head airbag for driver/passenger in door panel

  • Heated seats
  • Front headrests

  • Alarm system with interior surveillance
  • Auto start/stop function including coasting (in connection with PDK)
  • Engine immobiliser with in key transponder, central locking and remote control

  • Porsche TORQUE Vectoring (PTV) with mechanical rear differential lock
  • Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)
  • Rear wheel drive

  • CO2 (g/km): 185
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • NOx: 0.027
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 202
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 320
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 322
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 205
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 211
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 174
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 180
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 180
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 186
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 208
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 202

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: FLAT 4
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: QUAD CAM
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 91
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 76
  • CC: 1988

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 26.9
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 44.1
  • EC Combined (mpg): 35.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 20
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 31.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 35.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 31.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 20
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 19.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 31.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 30.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 35.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 35.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 34.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 31.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 30.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 14.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 14.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 14.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 9.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 8.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 9.2

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 48E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 20000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 300
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: T
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999

  • Engine Power - KW: 220
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 280
  • Engine Torque - NM: 380
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2150
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.9
  • Top Speed: 170
  • Engine Power - BHP: 300
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 38.7

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: CARRERA S
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/35 ZR20
  • Tyre Size Rear: 265/35 ZR20
  • Tyre Size Spare: N
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): 1994
  • Height: 1262
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4379
  • Width: 1801
  • Wheelbase: 2475

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1380
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 54
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 122
  • No. of Seats: 2
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Max. Roof Load: N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11

  • Porsche ceramic composite brake (PCCB) with yellow brake caliper: £5,177
  • Front and rear 4 piston aluminium monobloc fixed calipers, disc internally vented and cross drilled, front/rear disc diameter, brake calipers in black: Included

  • Board briefcase leather: £270
  • Board briefcase carbon matt: £506
  • Floor mats with leather edging: £261
  • Floor mats: Included
  • Leather edging personalised floor mats: £336

  • Porsche Communication Management (PCM) including online navigation module, mobile phone preparation, audio interfaces and voice control system: £0

  • Electromechanical direct steering with variable steering ratio and steering pulse generator: Included
  • Power steering plus: £185
  • Reversing camera including front and rear park assist: £1,086
  • Cruise control: £228
  • Adaptive cruise control: £1,094
  • Rear park assist: £362
  • Front and rear park assist: £623
  • Lane change assistant: £413

  • Homelink (programmable garage door opener): £203

  • Speed limit indicator: £236
  • Apple carplay including siri voice control: £0

  • Electrically folding exterior mirrors including courtesy lighting: £210
  • Automatically dimming mirrors with integrated rain sensor: £345

  • Sport chrono stopwatch instrument dial in guards red: £245
  • Sport chrono stopwatch instrument dial in Racing yellow: £245
  • Sport chrono stopwatch instrument dial in white: £245
  • Climate control panel painted: £380
  • Climate control panel leather: £380
  • Racing yellow instrument dials: £345
  • Guards red instrument dials: £345
  • White instrument dials: £345
  • Instrument dials and rev counter with 'Cayman T' / 'Boxster T' logo in white: Included
  • High gloss dashboard trim strips and centre console trim painted in black: Included

  • 64 litre fuel tank: £84
  • 54 litre fuel tank: Included

  • BOSE surround sound system: £834
  • Burmester high end surround sound system: £2,769
  • DAB Digital radio: £0
  • Navigation including porsche with connect module, wireless internet access, carfinder, remote vehicle status, remote service and vehicle track: £0

  • Exclusive design fuel filler cap: £93
  • Deletion of model designation on doors: £0
  • Model designation on rear apron in agate grey: Included
  • Front air intake painted on slats: £345
  • 718 logo: £0
  • Painted rear apron: £329
  • Metallic paint: £632
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Model designation deletion: £0
  • Special Metallic paint: £1,658
  • Painted rear air intake grilles: £329

  • Headlight cleaning system covers painted in deviating exterior colour: £143
  • Bi-Xenon tinted headlights in black including porsche dynamic light system: £1,002
  • LED main headlights including porsche dynamic light system plus (PDLS plus): £1,397
  • Bi-Xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights: Included
  • LED taillights and integral 4 point brake lights and reversing lights: Included
  • Painted headlight cleaning system covers: £143
  • Tinted tail lights: £434

  • Air conditioning system with integrated active carbon filter: Included
  • Two zone automatic climate control: £539

  • Convertible top - Black: £0
  • Convertible top - Brown: £0
  • Convertible top - Blue: £0
  • Convertible top - Red: £0

  • Illuminated stainless steel personalised door sill guards: £548
  • Aluminium pedals: £185
  • Passenger footwell storage net: £0
  • Leather fuse box cover: £185
  • Inner door sill guards in leather: £324
  • Steering column casing covered in leather: £231
  • Heated multi function steering wheel: £329
  • GT sports steering wheel with manual fore/aft and height adjustment including gearshift paddles: Included
  • Sports look pedals and footrest: £126
  • Sport-tex square leather interior: £1,242
  • Door sill guards with model designation logo: Included
  • Leather vehicle key painted with key pouch: £261
  • GT sports steering wheel and Race tex PDK gear selector: £531

  • Exterior painted package - 718 Boxster /Cayman: £918
  • Standard interior with 718 T interior pack - Boxster: Included
  • nterior pack in combination with Sport-tex leather with contrasting colour - Boxster: £1,809
  • Leather door trim pack - Boxster: £336
  • Leather interior pack - Boxster (with leather interior): £518
  • Smoking pack - Boxster: £38
  • SportDesign pack painted in high gloss black - Boxster: £2,096
  • Sound package plus - Boxster: Included
  • Light design pack - Boxster: £210
  • Interior pack - Boxster: £1,655
  • SportDesign pack - Boxster: £1,767
  • Leather interior pack - Boxster (without leather interior): £434
  • Dashboard trim pack in leather - Boxster: £783

  • Porsche metallic - Carrara white: £632
  • Porsche metallic - GT silver: £632
  • Porsche metallic - Jet Black: £632

  • Porsche solid - White: £0
  • Porsche solid - Black: £0
  • Porsche solid - Guards Red: £0
  • Porsche solid - Racing yellow: £0

  • Porsche special metallic - Miami Blue: £1,658
  • Porsche special metallic - Lava orange: £1,658
  • Porsche special metallic - Python green: £1,658

  • Fixed roll over bars: Included
  • Seat belts in Lizard green: £194
  • Seat belts coloured in racing yellow: £194
  • High gloss black painted roll over bars: £357
  • Rollover bars painted in exterior colour: £357
  • Seat belts in silver grey: £194
  • Seatbelts in Miami blue: £194
  • Fire extinguisher: £105
  • Seatbelts in Guards Red: £194
  • Seatbelt buckles - leather: £312

  • Seat ventilation: £657
  • Full bucket seat: £3,788
  • Sports seat plus backrests in leather: £947
  • 18 way electric adaptive sports seat plus: £1,734
  • 2way electric sport seat plus side bolster, electric backrest, manual adjust height/fore/aft, 718 headrest, backrest shell with silver grey finish: Included
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting points on passenger seat: £126

  • Porsche entry and drive system: £497

  • Standard interior with 718 T interior pack - GT Silver: £0
  • Standard interior with 718 T interior pack - Guards Red: £0
  • Standard interior with 718 T interior pack - Lizard green: £0
  • Standard interior with 718 T interior pack - Racing yellow: £0
  • Sport-tex leather interior with contrasting colour - GT Silver: £1,242
  • Sport-tex leather interior with contrasting colour - Guards red: £1,242
  • Sport-tex leather interior with contrasting colour - Racing yellow: £1,242
  • Sport-tex leather interior with contrasting colour - Lizard green: £1,242
  • Sport-tex leather interior - Black: £1,242
  • Standard interior with 718 T interior pack - Black: £0

  • Race-Tex sunvisors: £291
  • Leather sunvisors: £291

  • Wheels painted in satin black: £501

  • 20" Carrera sport alloy wheels: £921
  • 20 inch Carrera S wheels painted in titanium grey: Included

  • Tyre sealing compound and electric air compressor kit: £42

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