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Parkers overall rating: 5 out of 5 5.0

There's no crash test rating for the Boxster but the body is very strong and it benefits from driver, passenger, side and head airbags. A comprehensive Porsche Stability Management system keep things in check while an alarm and immobiliser are standard fit. Ceramic brakes with even shorter stopping distances are an option on the Boxster S but they're expensive at more than £5,000.

Because the engine is located in the middle, this frees up luggage space in the front and back of the Boxster, making it surprisingly practical for a sports car. There's 130 litres of space at the rear and 150-litres under the bonnet - this is quite deep too and allows you to fit larger or boxy items in. Inside there's a good sized glovebox, a centre armrest with a cubbyhole and large door pockets with flip up lids that double as armrests.

There's also a clever twin cupholder system that flips out of a slot above the glovebox (see gallery for a better illustration). To fold down the roof you first have to undo a fairly stiff central catch, but once released, the electric motors take over to drop the roof in just 12 seconds. It's even quicker to close.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Porsche Boxster (04-11).

  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Front fog lights
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Side airbags
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • Leather seat trim

Black Edition equipment

Black Edition standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
Black Edition optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Leather seat trim

RS 60 Spyder equipment

RS 60 Spyder standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Front fog lights
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
RS 60 Spyder optional equipment
  • Partial leather seat trim

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Front fog lights
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Side airbags
S optional equipment
  • Leather seat trim

S Sport Edition equipment

S Sport Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Front fog lights
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
S Sport Edition optional equipment
None available

Sport Edition equipment

Sport Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Front fog lights
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
Sport Edition optional equipment
None available

Spyder equipment

Spyder standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
Spyder optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Front fog lights
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Side airbags