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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Porsche Boxster (12-16) review.

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Parkers overall rating: 5 out of 5 5.0

As it's a Porsche don't expect it to be cheap in terms of tyres, insurance or maintenance - although at least it has long service intervals of 20,000 miles. It's fairly economical for a sports car though and in terms of residual values will hold onto its price better than many rivals - due in no small part to the badge.

It's no surprise that the Boxster isn't particularly environmentally friendly. It averages 249g/km of CO2 but fuel economy is more acceptable - the standard model can average a decent 30mpg while the S will return around 27mpg.

Porsches are mainly hand built and standards of engineering are very high. Despite the sky high expectations of the average Porsche owner, very few are ever disappointed by the reliability of their car.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,877 - £2,328 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
2.9 Petrol 214 g/km (Min) £325
3.2 Petrol,
3.4 Petrol
262 g/km (Max) £325 - £570

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £325 - £570
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 43 - 48
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.