Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016
- It's an amazing ride
- It looks good
- The build quality is outstanding
- While a sports car, its practical enough for everyday use
- High running costs
- The interior is a bit of a letdown
The Porsche Boxster (96-04) is an open top stunner that is great fun to drive. As you would expect from a Porsche, it's not a cheap car to buy, though it does offer good value for money compared to some of its rivals, although, if you decide to sell it on a few years down the line it will keep its value better than most. This is in part because the build quality is outstanding, both in terms of the chassis and the mechanics, and partly because of its stunning looks and the fact it wears the Porsche badge.
Exterior and Interior
The Porsche Boxster is a good looking car which was an instant hit with the general public. The style of the car was excellent providing a really sporty and sleek look with the traditional class of Porsche. This is a proper sports car and as such it only comes with two front seats, so there is no space for the kids in the back.
There are plenty of extra features to splash a bit of cash on should it tickle your fancy, including active suspension, an automatic gearbox and cruise control. One piece of criticism which is often leveraged against the Boxster is that it doesn't offer any side airbags, nor are they available as an upgrade. It does, however, come with an alarm and immobilizer as standard. From a practical viewpoint, the boot can swallow a pretty decent amount of luggage, not least considering the fact that some of the space is taken up by the electric roof ‐ which folds down in just 12 seconds, by the way, which is the fastest in its price range.
Performance and Economy
The performance of the Porsche Boxster is excellent. The speed the car produces from the engines will be more than enough to keep most people very happy. The 2.5-litre engine is the slowest in the range going from 0-60 in 7.2 seconds. The 2.7-litre engine will do this in 6.7 seconds. The biggest of the engines is the 3.2-litre S is the quickest and will achieve 0-60mph in a rapid 5.4 seconds.
As you will expect the fuel economy for the Boxster isn't great, but if you are looking for an economic car you wouldn't be looking at a Porsche. The very best this car will achieve is 30mpg, but expect the biggest engines to barely achieve 20mpg, especially if being pushed hard.
Like to Drive
The car is excellent to drive. You really will struggle not to have a smile on your face as you take it out for a drive. It may not be the flagship Porsche, but it certainly does the name proud. Regardless of which engine option you go for, the car handles like a dream at low and high speeds alike, offering a smooth ride on any surface you're likely to come across. This is even better if you opt for the Active Suspension Management upgrade. In short, you won't be disappointed.
Faults and Repairs
We all know that Porsche is one of the finest car making companies in the industry, so it is no surprise that their cars aren't cheap; and the unfortunate fact is that the more expensive the car, the more expensive will repairs generally be. That said, the build quality is superb and in most cases you shouldn't encounter too many problems, especially if you're wise enough to maintain it properly and submit it for regular (every 12000 miles) checks with a qualified Porsche mechanic.