Porsche Boxster roadster (2012-2016)
"The entry-level Porsche Boxster is arguably the best all-rounder in the range. It remains one of the best-handling cars money can buy."
- Powerful engines
- Super-sharp handling
- Relatively low running costs
- Expensive options
- Design hasn't changed much
- Automatic gearbox takes away some of the fun
The Porsche Boxster sets the standard in the small roadster class, as it's sharper and more enjoyable to drive than rivals such as the BMW Z4, Mercedes SLK and Nissan 370Z. Its powerful engines are placed in the middle of the car, behind the driver and passenger, which makes it very well balanced. The interior has been inspired by the larger Porsche 911, so it's modern, upmarket and thoughtfully laid-out.
The Boxster is the entry point to Porsche ownership, yet it's arguably the best all-rounder in the manufacturer's line-up. The model range consists of the standard 2.7-litre Boxster, the 3.4-litre Boxster S, the more powerful 3.4-litre Boxster GTS and the 3.8-litre Boxster Spyder. The fabric roof folds down in nine seconds flat, while a pair of luggage areas in the front and rear make it relatively practical for a sports car. Roof up, the interior is quiet, but the firm suspension reminds you that you're at the wheel of a pure driver's car.
The Boxster is surprisingly practical and economical (if you go for the least powerful engine) given its status as one of the best-handling sports cars on the market, while Porsche has an excellent reputation for build quality and safety.