PORSCHE

PORSCHE 718 BOXSTER ROADSTER 2.0 T 2dr PDK

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph4.9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2202 g/km

BOXING CLEVER

The Porsche 718 Boxster is the roadster class benchmark. June Neary finds out why

Will It Suit Me?

The only thing I've ever had against the idea of owning a Porsche is the kind of image that goes with it, but that's more down to my perceptions being outdated than Porsche's. Thankfully, much has changed since the days of city yuppies and red braces. Today, ownership of one of Stuttgart's finest sportscars seems to be seen as rather clever. They're better built and depreciate less than rivals and they're still in all important respects superior to drive. Take the 718 Boxster roadster I've been driving here. The only real drawback is the price - but even that wasn't quite as much as I was expecting - around £42,000 for the entry-level 2.0-litre model or around £51,000 for the pokier 2.5-litre 'S' variant I tried. Both now feature a flat four turbo engine rather than the previous normally aspirated flat six, a change which seems to have had the purists crying into their beer. I couldn't care less. After all, it still sounds great, goes faster and uses less fuel. What's not to like?

Practicalities

You certainly don't invest in a Porsche of any kind if practicality is at the top of your priority list. That said, the car is extremely comfortable for front seat passengers (there are no rear seats) and the driving position is pure Porsche, excellence evident in every curve. I wouldn't look at the engine anyway but even if I wanted to, I couldn't in this car. The mechanical side is accessible to mechanics only - which is just the way I like it. Although the boot at first seemed a little meagre, the fact that this is a mid-engined car means that there's also a fairly deep, albeit narrow, luggage area under the bonnet. The sight of me trying to stuff the 'engine bay' with groceries in the Sainsburys car park caused more than a few raised eyebrows! Porsche say you can fit two sets of golf clubs in the rear boot: since that's not my game, I'll have to take their word for it. As far as the exterior changes are concerned, I liked the sleeker look brought about by the restyled front and rear lights. This 718 version shares only its bonnet, boot, windscreen and hood with the previous model, exemplifying the German firm's belief in gently evolving its cars, rather than trying to re-invent them every time. The electric fabric roof remains a model of efficiency, opening in just 9 seconds, so that if you're caught at the traffic lights and a shower starts, you can hopefully cover yourself before the lights turn to green.

Behind the Wheel

The four-cylinder 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre turbocharged engines of this '718' series Boxster are a very different proposition to the flat-six normally aspirated motors previously used. Some will mourn the change in engine noise, though the latest units have their own distinctive character when revved hard - and they're certainly more powerful than before. The entry-level model comes with 300bhp, good enough to see off 0-62mph in as little as 4.7 seconds if you go for the PDK seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and use the optional Launch Control system. Pick that gearbox and mate it to the 2.5-litre motor found in the Boxster S variant I tried and that sprint can be completed in just 4.2 seconds. Top speeds see the standard 718 Boxster hit 170mph, while this S version maxes out at 177mph. Even so, you can also expect to see strong efficiency returns, especially with that optional PDK auto 'box. In this guise, expect combined economy of up to 40.9mpg for the smaller capacity model, along with 158g/km carbon dioxide emissions - or 38.7mpg and 167g/km for the S version. As well as being quicker than its predecessor in a straight line, this 718 series model also benefits from quicker-feeling steering, thicker anti-roll bars and a more focused suspension set-up. It all means that the Boxster remains the best handling car in its class, with even greater reserves of balance and cornering control. You can embellish that further with optional 'Porsche Active Suspension Management' adaptive damping and 'Porsche Torque Vectoring' that maximises traction through the bends. You're probably also going to want the optional 'Sport Chrono Package' with its selectable driving modes that alter the way the engine, steering, suspension and PDK gearbox react. Pick the PDK gearbox and the 'Sport Chrono' pack comes with 'Launch Control' for Grand Prix getaways, plus a 'SPORT Response' button that aids quick overtaking by putting the engine and transmission into their most alert calibrations for 20 seconds.

Value For Money

For between £40,000 and £50,000, you can buy an awful lot of roadster elsewhere of course. A Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 or a BMW Z4 sDrive 35iS perhaps? But neither of these cars would feel as special. And a 3.0-litre V6 supercharged Jaguar F-TYPE Convertible is that bit more expensive - and not quite as sharp to drive in my humble opinion. Ultimately, I love the fact that the 718 Boxster, like it's big brother the 911 Carrera, feels like a car you could use day-in, day-out. In that respect, it's quite refreshing.

Could I Live With One?

If I also had something with more seats in the drive and my finances allowed, then I wouldn't hesitate.

  • 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
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: MID ENGINE NORTH SOUTH
  • 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

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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