Porsche 718 Boxster review - was swapping two cylinders for a turbo a good idea? - MPG and running costs

Dynamically superior to the previous Boxster, its problems lie in the engine bay.

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  • Superb balance, traction and feedback all with that distinct Porsche polish and poise
  • Characterless engine not up to the high standards of the rest of the package

MPG and running costs

Porsche’s quoted economy figures are pretty impressive for a sports car offering the sort of thrills that the 718 can muster, but the reality is unfortunately a little different.

On paper figures of between 34.9 for a manual Boxster S and 40.9 for the PDK equipped Boxster bookend the range, although our experience suggest that these numbers are almost impossible to replicate in the real world.

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With an average improvement of around 5mpg over the previous naturally aspirated flat-six Boxsters, it means that all this compromise when it comes to the engine response and aural pleasure is largely pointless for buyers.

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