Used Porsche Boxster (2012 - 2016) Comfort

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.

4 out of 5

Comfort

The previous model could get a little noisy in the cabin, so Porsche has added an extra layer of insulation in the soft-top to quieten things down. The sports car manufacturer says it has reduced noise in the cabin by two decibels. Although we were not able to make a direct comparison, it is certainly true that both wind and road noise have been well muted.

Of course, the Boxster and Boxster S engines do get vocal when pushed, but then that’s part of the magic – they both make a fantastic noise when accelerating. Because this is a mid-engined performance car designed to go around corners quickly one might expect the ride to suffer but it was surprisingly supple. If you want you can opt for the Porsche’s active suspension system that offers more control when you are driving on the twisty bits, but if you are still in the city or cruising on the motorway then you can stick to the standard setting.

The Boxster is a comfortable car thanks to well-designed seats that offer plenty of lateral and upright support: our only real gripe is that the clutch pedal on the manual is still too heavy and that can grate when you are driving around town.

3 out of 5

Practicality

You can put the roof down at speeds of over 30mph which can be handy, but if loadspace is high on your lists of priorities then you will go elsewhere. You can store a couple of weekend bags – one on the front under the bonnet and one in the rear - and there's room in the front storage area for a laptop bag too, but that’s about it. There are 150 litres of loadspace available at the front and 130 litres at the rear.

The only places to store bits and bobs are in the door pockets, but other than that you might have to leave you phone and sunglasses in the glove box. There are a couple of cup holders that flip out from the dashboard and they are useful to hold bottles of water. Rear visibility is terrible when the roof’s up, so parking sensors might be a worthwhile option.

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5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

The Porsche feels like a pretty special place to be. All the cabin materials are of the highest quality and the dashboard layout is sensibly and logically laid out. You get rake and reach steering adjustment, and even with standard manual seat adjustment you won’t have any problems finding a comfortable driving position.