• The Boxster is the cheapest Porsche you can buy
  • Ticking boxes for options quickly ramps up the price
  • If you specify the optional wind deflector, this is what you get
  • The filler cap is on the front offside wing allowing even short fuel hoses to stretch to the opposite side of the car
  • Three large dials feature the rev counter in the centre, along with a digital speedo, rendering the analogue one redundant
  • The navigation system is a costly option
  • The seats have electrically adjustable backrests as standard, but adjustment elsewhere is done manually
  • Front luggage compartment is relatively narrow and short but usefully deep
  • Flexibility, response, and creamy smoothness are key to the motive appeal of the car's flat-six
  • On adaptive suspension, the Boxster mixes taut body control with pliancy
  • Even in the most treacherous of circumstances, the Boxster has an utterly trustworthy and safe handling character
  • The Boxster's potent range of abilities makes it a sports car well worth the investment

One of the many benefits of Porsche’s policy of sharing so many components across its ranges and thereby benefitting from massive economies of scale is that, in many cases, what is good enough for an entry level Boxster has also to be good enough for a top of the range 911, so it’s always the Boxster that benefits.

And nowhere will you see that benefit more clearly than in the cabin. An architectural transformation first seem in the Porsche Panamera and then the Cayenne and 911 has now reached down and turned the Boxster cabin from an ergonomically irritating and only superficially pleasant place to an interior of genuine quality that’s almost as good to use as it is to survey.

Matt Burt

Head of Content, Haymarket Automotive
Raising and lowering the Porsche Boxster's roof is a quick and simple task

The dials follow Porsche tradition with a central rev-counter flanked by a smaller speedo and a third gauge where all manner of other displays, from the navigation directions to the trip computer can be summoned. But your eye is naturally drawn to the centre stack with its sensibly sited and clearly labelled switchgear.

Still progress remains to be made. The driving position, though improved, continues to offer too little legroom to tall drivers, the pedals are slightly offset and while there are no shortage of storage areas on board, all are useless for anything other than tiny items like pens.

The navigation is an unbelievably expensive option and hopelessly off the pace of the latest systems from other German companies. That said and years after everyone else, Porsche has finally got around to providing a DAB digital radio though, of course, it’s an option for which you will be required to pay dearly.

The roof mechanism is fantastic: it works at the press of a button and folds simply and neatly behind your head in a matter of seconds. Refinement with it in place is adequate and wind management with the roof down quite exceptional.

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