The Porsche Boxster offers just about the best driving experience you can have on four wheels, says expert car reviewer Andrew Frankel
Porsche Boxster 2.7
This model from £37,589
It may seem implausible, but for those who love the open road and the simple joys of driving, Porsche’s very cheapest car – the basic Boxster – is also its very best. The car is a motoring journalist’s nightmare, leaving him or her at journey’s end with nothing to criticise save the cost of the options. The engine is smooth and sonorous, the six-speed manual gearbox or optional seven-speed paddle shift as sweet at swift-shifting as you could wish.
But it is the car’s handling that, for those who want to drive, puts it in a class apart from its erstwhile rivals. One of an almost mythically rare breed of car capable of safely inspiring the novice yet still able to challenge a professional, the car is a driver’s dream, and the fact it is also fully convertible nothing more than the cherry atop the cake.
Second-hand Boxsters make a good but expensive used buy – just remember the car was completely renewed in 2012, so almost all will be still-excellent but previous generation models.
- Engine: 2706cc, 265bhp
- Top speed: 164mph
- 0-60mph acceleration: 5.8sec
- Claimed economy: Claimed economy
- Claimed economy: 40 (1=low, 50=high)