Porsche Boxster review - all the sportscar you might ever need

David Vivian
8 Jul 2015

The ultimate open top sports car?

Evo Rating: 
The best all-round, sub-£100k roadster in the world
Cayman coupe is an even sweeter steer

evo Verdict

If the aim is to have a sportscar that covers all the bases, little can touch the Boxster. True, a Lotus Exige S might offer a more tautly calibrated driving experience - as, to a degree, does the Boxster’s hard top sibling, the Cayman. There are other competitors with bigger engines wrapped in more glamorous bodywork. And some that will give you more kit and gadgets for the money.  In a sense, the Boxster finds itself in market sector defined by specialist talents. But because the Porsche delivers excellence so generously in all areas, it’s hard to regard the opposition as anything other than compromised.  To drive, the Boxster is up there with the very best, as an ownership proposition, it simply has no peers.

evo Tip

The facelifted 2016 Boxster and Cayman are bound to be special cars but word is they won’t be powered by naturally-aspirated flat-six engines but turbocharged ‘fours’ in the quest for cleaner emissions. So if you love the flat-six, best not hang around.


You can see our Porsche Boxster video review below

evo Comment

The Boxster is phenomenally recommendable. It does so much so well with such iron confidence and effortless panache it's almost impossible, as a buyer, not to end up way ahead of the game. On top of which, it’s beautifully built and finished and has an electric hood so slick it makes most of the competition’s look slow and over complicated.

To drive, it’s a car that feels uncannily open and direct with beautifully clean responses, an almost palpable sense of immediacy and wonderful balance. In these respects, even the 911 falls short of the standards the Boxster sets.  Put all-out performance to one side and the Boxster is the best open top car Porsche has ever made.

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