Porsche 718 Boxster - best convertibles

The Boxster is a surprisingly user-friendly open-top two-seater

New Porsche 718 Boxster 2016 - front cornering 2

Convertibles don’t get any more fun than the Porsche 718 Boxster, even with a switch from flat-six to turbo flat-four engines. Whether you go for the 296bhp 2.0-litre Boxster or more powerful 345bhp 2.5-litre Boxster S, you’re guaranteed driving thrills, even if the four-cylinder engines can't quite match the old flat-six for sonorous charm.

Both models come with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed PDK automatic gearboxes, and the latter reduces running costs. Fuel consumption is a claimed 38mpg on the manual - amazing considering the performance on tap - while 168g/km emissions mean competitive company car tax bills.

While the update to the 718 models mainly focused on the engines, the dimensions remained the same. That means there's plenty of space inside for two – driver and passenger have decent room in the well-built two-seat interior. There’s also a decent sized glovebox, and the Boxster impresses with its luggage capacity: there’s a 150-litre boot and another 130-litre space in the nose. Plus, the soft-top folds in nine seconds, and can be operated even at low speeds, while pop-up rollover hoops boost safety.

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