Error parsing XSLT file: \xslt\FacebookOpenGraph.xslt Porsche Boxster S: Test Drive Review
Cookies on Businesscar

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Business Car website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookies at any time

BusinessCar magazine website email Awards mobile

The start point for the best source of fleet information

Porsche Boxster S: Test Drive Review

Date: 03 July 2012   |   Author:

Category: Sports
P11D price: £45,384
Key rival: BMW Z4

This new Porsche Boxster marks a real break from the budget 911 looks of the previous car, as the company seeks to increase the individual identity of its price-entry model.

It's really worked too. The styling is a big step forward in making the Boxster a more distinctive, and better-looking car.

Power is up by 10hp on the standard 2.7-litre model to 265hp, while the Boxster S driven here with its 3.4-litre engine has seen an increase of 5hp to 315hp. Despite the rise, there are efficiency savings, with the S model now returning 32.1mpg and an emissions figure of 206g/km - not bad for a sports car that can break five seconds for the 0-62mph dash. The automatic PDK gearbox, a not inexpensive £1922 option, is significantly cleaner and almost as much fun to drive as the manual, which has a short and sharp gearshift but suffers from a heavy clutch.

The driving experience is everything you'd expect from a Porsche, with a lovely exhaust note, direct steering and incredibly impressive body control. There's virtually no roll in corners and the car feels more rigid than a convertible - with the inevitable loss of rigidity that comes with chopping off the roof - ever should.

Refinement is also improved, with the canvas roof benefiting from increased layers of insulation. On the move you'd never know it was a convertible from the wind noise, and the roof drops in just nine seconds at speeds of up to 30mph.

Aside from a more refined cabin, practicality is at the same level as the previous Boxster, with luggage space split between the 150-litre area in the front and the 130 litres behind the mid-mounted six-cylinder engine.

Everything about the new Boxster is a step forward from the old car, thanks to the more distinctive styling, better insulated roof and lower emissions the key characteristics. It may cost more than its nearest rivals - the likes of the BMW Z4 or Mercedes SLK - but that price gap is there for a reason, while Porsche's cheapest model is as desirable as its siblings.

Porsche Boxster S
P11D price£45,384
Model price range£37,589-£45,384
Fuel consumption32.1mpg
CO2 (tax) 206g/km (%)
BIK 20/40% per month£/£
Service interval20,000 miles
Insurance (1-50)group 43
Boot space280 litres
Engine size/power3436cc/315hp
Top speed/0-62mph173mph/5.1secs
On sale May 2012
VerdictImproved in every area
over an already great car


Improved in every area over an already great car