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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
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Porsche Boxster (96-04)

4.5 out of 5 4.5

This is most people's introduction to the world of Porsche. You won't be surprised to learn that Porsche have tried hard to make ownership an addictive proposition. It's not the fastest thing you can buy for your money, but it sets levels of expectation in build quality and engineering that make it difficult to be satisfied with anything else. Most... read more

PROS

Affordable for a Porsche, excellent handling, stylish looks

CONS

Standard kit isn't generous

BMW Z4 Roadster (03-08)

4 out of 5 4.0

The Z4 is BMW's alternative to the Porsche Boxster and replaced the lacklustre Z3 in 2003. It's great to drive with sharp handling and a well balanced chassis plus it looks good too - the Z4’s swooping design, classy looks and road-hugging stance attracts more than its fair share of admiring glances, especially with the roof down. There's a decent... read more

PROS

Sharp handling, sophisticated image, quick-action roof

CONS

Far from generous levels of standard kit

Audi TT Roadster (99-06)

4 out of 5 4.0

The TT has become an icon of modern motoring. The classic design gave Audi overnight success and it's gone on to become a hugely popular seller for the German company. It's no surprise they capitalised on this by turning the coupe into a convertible to rival cars like the Mercedes SLK and BMW Z4. Some argue that it's not as attractive as the hard... read more

PROS

Classic styling, sporty interior, excellent turbocharged engine

CONS

Pointless rear seats, not as great to drive as it looks