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Porsche Boxster roadster (2012-2016) - Interior & comfort

Remarkably comfortable for a pure sports car

Carbuyer Rating

4.7 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.5 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

3.2 out of 5

The interior of the Boxster is beautifully built and very well laid-out. If we’re being ultra-picky, then we’d say some of the switches can be a little fiddly, but in truth you get used to them very quickly. The seats are very comfortable and give you the perfect driving position – they’re adjustable enough that this should be the case even for taller drivers. There’s plenty of scope to lavish extra cash on the interior of the car in the form of optional upgrades, and the full leather packages make the Boxster feel just like a 911 inside. The car is very quiet with the roof up, even at motorway speeds.

Equipment

The standard Boxster comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, sports seats, a CD stereo system with a seven-inch touchscreen and air-conditioning.

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Moving up to the Boxster S gets you extras like bi-xenon headlights and 19-inch alloy wheels, while the GTS features a bodykit, upgraded seats and interior, Porsche’s active suspension (PASM) and the Sport Chrono Package.

The Spyder gets its own bodykit, including distinctive rear buttresses, sports suspension as standard and carbon-fibre bucket seats. The air-con and radio have been removed to save weight on the Spyder, but you can add them back at no cost if you want them. There’s plenty of scope to add more luxuries if the car’s weight isn’t your primary concern.

Options

The list of optional equipment for the Boxster is extensive and much of it is also expensive. A small plastic wind deflector to sit between the seats is almost £200, for example, while adding the sat-nav package costs over £2,000. Bluetooth isn’t standard equipment, either. Virtually everything you can think of can be upgraded, but at a price. There’s enough on the list to almost double the cost of the car if you tick enough boxes. Parking sensors, cruise control and a digital radio are all extra.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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