Used Porsche Boxster (2012 - 2016) Review

Review by Tim Bowdler on
Last Updated: 28 Jan 2016
5
For a sports car company Porsche is somewhat conservative. When an ‘all-new’ model is launched a double-take is usually required to differentiate between it and the older model.

Porsche Boxster (12-16)
  • Supreme handling and performance
  • Powerful brakes
  • Quality interior
  • Rock-hard clutch pedal on manual models
  • Few storage cubbies
  • Poor rear visibility

New price range:

£39,608 - £60,514

Used price range:

£15,607 - £58,943

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

5 out of 5

For a sports car company Porsche is somewhat conservative. When an ‘all-new’ model is launched a double-take is usually required to differentiate between it and the older model. This Porsche Boxster represents little change in the German sports car company’s ethos. The oft repeated ‘evolution not revolution’ applies here, but only when considering aesthetics: under the skin it’s altogether different. This generation of Boxster is up to 35kg lighter compared to the previous version, and it has a wider track, a longer wheelbase, a lower ride height and larger wheels. Fuel economy has been improved, by up to 15%, thanks to stop/start technology and better aerodynamics. A Sport Plus button, which makes things a little more urgent, is now included on all models. Halogen front headlamp clusters are now standard, and the new bi-xenon headlights, which are standard on the Boxster S, have been tweaked to give a slicker front end look. At the rear there is no longer any convertible-top compartment lid, and the tail-lights and the exhaust pipes have also been changed. A rear spoiler extends right across the car and into the reworked tail-lights, further differentiating it from the previous generation of Boxster. Porsche calls the revised design ‘progressive evolution’ and although that may be a moot point, it does look more aggressive than the outgoing model. Prices are up by about £1,000-£2,000 depending on model. Of course, the Boxster’s ace card is its handling prowess and because it’s a mid-engined sports car it has the perfect layout for road-holding. The previous car was pretty imperious, with rivals such as the BMW Z4 and Mercedes-Benz SLK working hard to stay in touch in the driving dynamics department. Once again, Porsche is promising to raise the bar even higher, and to boost the driving experience buyers can opt for Porsche’s Sport Chrono Package to deliver an even more engaging experience. Has Porsche delivered the perfect sports car? Read on to find out...

Parkers Ratings

Overall

5 out of 5

Performance

5 out of 5

Handling

5 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

5 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

3 out of 5

Green credentials

3.5 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

5 out of 5

Equipment

3 out of 5

What owners say...

 In addition to being a proper sports car, it is perfectly useful as a run-around.  

5 out of 5

Brian Hennebry ,   03 Mar 2014    ... read more

 Luggage space. I needed a car to take clubs and a trolley and not put anything on the seats and after trying a Jag XK, 911, Cayman and even a DB9, this is the only car that can do it. It's a tightish...  

5 out of 5

Anonymous ,   25 Sep 2013    ... read more

 Surprising amount of luggage space for a sports car - far more than in a Jaguar F type or Aston Martin Vantage.  

4 out of 5

Nigel Woodland ,   31 Jul 2013    ... read more

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