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.

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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