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Porsche 718 Boxster review - Interior, design and technology

Infotainment system is the biggest change, but then classy and beautifully built cabin didn’t need much work

Porsche has tried not mess with a winning formula when it came to redesigning the Boxster. In fact, glance at the 718 and you’d struggle to tell it apart from the old car.

However, apart from the bonnet, tailgate and windscreen, every external component on the Porsche has been changed. The reprofiled bumpers and more defined bodywork creases help give it an even wider and more purposeful stance, while the distinctive LED lights front and rear add an extra layer of visual interest.

At the rear there’s a dark strip of trim between the taillights that is emblazoned with retro Porsche script. Both cars get a powered spoiler that raises automatically at 74mph, or can be raised manually using a button on the centre console.

The standard Boxster is identified by its 18-inch alloys wheels and trapezoidal centre exit exhaust, while the more powerful S gets 19-inch rims and a twin exit tailpipe.

Inside, the changes are even more subtle. There’s Porsche’s latest generation of touchscreen infotainment system, reprofiled air vents and a smaller diameter three-spoke steering wheel (375mm as standard, or 360mm as an option). That said, there wasn’t a lot wrong with the previous car, so not many changes were needed. The high centre console and traditional five-dial instrument layout create a driver focused environment, while all the major controls are perfectly placed.

Equally impressive is the top notch fit and finish. All the materials have a high grade look and feel, while the tight build quality is second to none. As before, it’s possible to personalise the interior with various leather upgrades and colourful trim inserts.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment 

All versions of the 718 Boxster now get the latest Connect Plus infotainment system, which includes online navigation, Apple CarPlay, wireless internet access, an integrated 4G SIM and DAB digital radio. This a big step up from the old Porsche Communication Management infotainment unit.

Other upgrades include the Bose surround sound stereo upgrade for around £850, which features a 505 Watt power output and 10 speakers. Buyers wanting an even richer listening experience can order the eye-wateringly expensive Burmester sound system for around £2,800. This features a thumping 821 Watt output and 12 speakers, including a 300 Watt active subwoofer.

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