Porsche 718 Boxster review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs
Turbocharged engines improve efficiency, while any Boxster model is a solid, long-term investment
You don't buy a turbocharged mid-engined roadster to save on your motoring bills, but the 718 Boxster is more cost effective to run thanks to its new four-cylinder engines, even when you consider the revised MPG figures from the latest WLTP test regime.
For instance, when fitted with the optional PDK gearbox the entry-level car now claims up to 33.2mpg and emits 180g/km of CO2. Stick with a six-speed manual model and Porsche’s figures suggest you’ll return up to 32.5mpg, while emitting 186g/km. Not too shabby for a 170mph sports car.
The Boxster S isn’t quite as efficient, but like its less-powerful brother it’ll make a smaller dent on your wallet than its predecessor. Once again, it’s the PDK-equipped car that’s the most frugal, with figures of 30.7mpg and 194g/km claimed by Porsche. The manual car records 29.1mpg and 210g/km.
The 718 Boxster T six-speed manual returns 32.5mpg and emits 187g/km, with the PDK version slightly more efficient at 32.8mpg and 181g/km.
Meanwhile, the hardcore GTS is only offered with a six-speed manual box and delivers figures of 25.9mpg and 246g/km of CO2. Of course, if you frequently access the full performance potential of these cars, then you can expect to see your fuel returns plummet. And, while the Boxster’s CO2 emissions have been reduced, an increase in list price means company car users will be no better off when it comes to benefit-in-kind tax bills.
British security and insurance experts Thatcham have placed the Boxster in groups 48-49, which isn't far off the top grouping of 50. In comparison, the hard-topped 718 Cayman sits between group 42-46, despite it having the same performance - that's the price you pay for the Boxster's more vulnerable fabric roof.
That said, all models get a Thatcham category one alarm and immobiliser, plus there’s also a standard tracking device – although you’ll have to pay an annual subscription fee to its service provider.
Given the desirability of the Porsche badge, it’s no surprise to find the Boxster is sought after on the second-hand market. As a result, our experts have calculated that the 718 will retain around 50 percent of its new value after three years and 36,000 miles.
Surprisingly, it’s manual gearbox cars that are the most resistant to depreciation, with both standard and S models attracting just over 53 percent of their list price over the same 36-month period. The PDK cars attract a figure of 47 percent.
In this review
- 1Porsche 718 Boxster reviewLatest Porsche 718 Boxster gets four- and six-cylinder engines that blend power, performance and efficiency
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe switch to four-cylinder engines has robbed the Boxster of some character, but it's faster and sharper to drive than ever
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingTurbocharged engines improve efficiency, while any Boxster model is a solid, long-term investment
- 4Interior, design and technologyInfotainment system is the biggest change, but then classy and beautifully built cabin didn’t need much work
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceFor a two-seater roadster, the 718 Boxster is remarkably spacious and practical
- 6Reliability and SafetyThere shouldn't be many worries with the Boxster thanks to Porsche's fine reputation for solidity