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Should you buy a Porsche 718 Boxster?

Yes, if you’re a thrill-seeker. Whether you like the fact that Porsche has downsized the engines in the latest 718 Boxster or not, it remains one of – if not the – best-driving roadsters on sale. It’s great fun on almost every road, isn’t intimidating to drive, is surprisingly practical and oozes class and kerb appeal.

Key to the 718 Boxster’s appeal is its handling, which is truly wonderful – striking the perfect balance between being sharp and sporting on faster roads without working against you when you’re parking or schlepping through town traffic. The mid-engined layout means near-perfect weight distribution, too, allowing for really impressive cornering performance. While you could quite happily run a 718 Boxster as a daily driver in town, it’s equally at home being pushed to the limits on a twisting road, or even round a racetrack.

But despite all this ability, the 718 Boxster is still effortless to use every day. Though it only has two seats, they’re spacious – wide, comfortable for all shapes and sizes and set into a cabin of the highest quality. A boot at the front and a boot at the rear take care of all the luggage you could reasonably want, and though you’ll probably not be hitting up the garden centre or flat-pack furniture store in this car there’s no danger in packing for a weekend away.

Though the loss of the wonderful six-cylinder engines is a crying shame, its replacements are incredibly competent – just a little soulless. The four-cylinder powerplants resist turbolag remarkably well and provide impressive performance.

A Jaguar F-Type may provide more aural and visual drama, and an Audi TT slightly more everyday usability and a cheaper starting price – but neither really hold a candle to the 718 Boxster. If you want an enjoyable two-seat roadster, you could do a lot worse than this.