Used Porsche Boxster (2004 - 2011) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 24 Mar 2014
5
The Boxster is the entry-level into Porsche ownership, but don't think this makes owning one any less special. It's just as well engineered, equally great to drive, sounds sublime and costs far less than a 911.
Porsche Boxster (04-11)
Wonderful engines, intoxicating driving experience, superbly balanced, useful boot space
Poor standard equipment levels

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

5 out of 5

The Boxster is the entry-level into Porsche ownership, but don't think this makes owning one any less special. It's just as well engineered, equally great to drive, sounds sublime and costs far less than a 911. Put simply, two-seater open-top sports cars don't come any better than this. There's a choice of two engines, both of which are flat-six 'boxer' units that emit an unmistakeable sound and provide superbly smooth acceleration.

Then there's the handling. Thanks to a taut frame and perfectly weighted steering the Boxster is a delight to drive while the superbly balanced chassis lets you know exactly what's going on beneath you. The electric roof is straightforward to lower and with it down buffeting is minimal while the Porsche doesn't lose any if it's rigidity. In fact the only gripe is the lack of standard kit and the expensive options list.

If you want more even more exclusivity a limited edition RS60 Spyder edition was launched in March 2008. In early 2009 the Boxster was revised with a minor facelift including new light clusters. More significantly, both engines were replaced with more powerful units, giving even stronger performance. An optional PDK twin-clutch automatic gearbox was also introduced.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

5 out of 5

Performance

5 out of 5

Handling

5 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

4 out of 5

Green credentials

2.5 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

4.5 out of 5

Equipment

2.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 Lots of oddments space. And you can put the roof up while you're driving along.  

4 out of 5

Ian Goodwin ,   05 Oct 2015    ... read more

 2 Boots - The front boot is nice and deep so I can fit both mine and my partners travel bags in it and everything else goes in the rear.  

4 out of 5

J Claridge ,   22 Apr 2015    ... read more

 Actually, shockingly practical! Boots front and back, takes a lot of luggage. There's only two seats so you only ever need to carry luggage for 2 people - and for that there's acres of space.  

5 out of 5

Paul Black ,   04 Apr 2015    ... read more

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