2017 Porsche 718 Boxster

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2017 MODEL
$56,000 - $68,400 See Inventory Prices

8.4

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Ever since the time Porsche brought the first ever 718 Boxster in the market, it has been a prominent car in the car buyer's list. And this version of the Boxster is no different. This car, like its predecessors, is obviously going to be a hit and compete with the likes of the Audi TT Coupe, the BMW 230i Coupe and the Mercedes Benz C3000 4Matic.

However, with a price starting $56,000, the Porsche may be significantly expensive than the rest, but with this price comes a much-refined engine and loads of additional features.

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Pros

Peppy Engine

Expressive exteriors

Great power generation

Cons

High price

Low on cargo space

What's New?

The 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Convertible does get a much better exterior designing now.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$56000

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu. in.

horsepower

300 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

280 lb.-ft. @ 1950 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear strut suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.8 in. ventilated disc brakes/13 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

97.4 in.

length

172.4 in.

width

70.9 in.

height

50.4 in.

curb weight

2944 lbs.

ground clearance

4.3 in.

capacity

cargo volume

9.7 cu ft.

payload capacity

704 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.4 sec.

zero to 100 mph

9.6 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

5.2 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/28 mpg

highway range

400.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster in Graphite Blue Metallic color  2017 Porsche 718 Boxster in Lava Orange color  2017 Porsche 718 Boxster in Carmine Red color  2017 Porsche 718 Boxster in Black color  2017 Porsche 718 Boxster in Agate Gray Metallic color
Graphite Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.7

Engine

9.7

Fuel Economy

7.3

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.6

Driving

9.0

Comfort

7.7

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Base

Base

power
300 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
24 combined

$56,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $56,000 MSRP (21/24/28) 300 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, H4, premium unleaded (required)
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6-speed manual rear wheel drive 2 NA

 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster S

S

power
350 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
22 combined

$68,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 2dr Convertible (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $68,400 MSRP (20/22/26) 350 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2.5 L, H4, premium unleaded (required)
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6-speed manual rear wheel drive 2 NA

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial April 5, 2019

8.4

Overall Rating


7.7/10
Features

 

9.7/10
Engine

 

7.3/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

9.6/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

Powered with a 2.0-Liter Turbocharged 4-cylinder direct injection engine, it generates about 300 hp at 6500rpm and 280 lb.-ft at 1950 rpm, figures which are significantly better than the rivals, but that was expected given the difference in the price range.

2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Features

7.7/10

Trim

718 Boxster convertible

718 Boxster s convertible

MSRP

$56,000

$68,400

Key

Features

  • LED Brake lights
  • Sports Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
  • Manual Air Conditioning
  • Porsche Communication Management (PCM) -inc: mobile phone preparation and audio interfaces
  • SiriusXM satellite radio and HD Radio receiver, Sound Package Plus sound system w/6 speakers and 110-watt output
  • CD/DVD drive, 11 GB internal jukebox storage
  • 2 USB slots and 2 SD card slots, aux-in,
  • USB and iPod universal audio interfaces
  • Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone connection and Hands-Free Profile
  • Digital Signal Processor
  • Digital/Analog Display
  • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
  • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
  • LED Brake lights
  • Porsche Communication Management (PCM) -inc: mobile phone preparation and audio interfaces
  • SiriusXM satellite radio and HD Radio receiver, Sound Package Plus sound system w/6 speakers and 110-watt output
  • CD/DVD drive, 11 GB internal jukebox storage
  • 2 USB slots and 2 SD card slots, aux-in, USB and iPod universal audio interfaces
  • Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone connection and Hands-Free Profile
  • Speedometer, Odometer, Oil Pressure
  • Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer
  • Oil Level, Oil Temperature
  • Trip Odometer, and Trip Computer

The 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Convertible is available in two versions. Both of them offer a similar 2.0-liter Turbocharged engine with 4-cylinders which give massive torque and power output.

With a similar engine, the only difference between the two versions is the Sport mode and the regular mode. The sports mode gets a much more refined engine, one which is fuel thirsty, as it is based on the sport concept, while the regular one is much more maligned.

2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Engine

9.7/10

"Cue the paroxysms of grief and anxiety from Porsche purists: The Boxster’s beloved naturally aspirated flat-sixes were replaced this year with a pair of turbocharged flat-fours. The noise may be grating, but the performance is still stunning." - CarandDriver

Engine and Transmission

The 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Convertible is powered by a 2.0-liter Turbocharged 4-cylinder direct injection Engine which produces 300 hp and 280 lb.-ft, coupled to a 6-speed manual transmission as standard or the iconic 7-speed automatic dual-clutch. You can also opt for a beefier 350hp 2.5-liter turbocharged engine. The new engine is expected to be better fuel efficient than the previous one, and one has to say that the difference is clearly visible.

Models

Porsche 718 boxster roadster

Audi TT convertible

BMW 230i convertible

Mercedes benz c 300 4MATIC cabriolet

MSRP

$56,000

$47,000

$38,950

$52,900

Engine

2.0L Turbocharged Boxer 4-Cylinder -inc: direct fuel injection

2.0 TFSI 4 Cylinder -direct-injection

2.0L TwinPower Turbo Inline 4-Cylinder 16V

2.0L Turbo I4 -inc: ECO stop/start technology

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

Horsepower

300 hp @ 6500 rpm

220 hp @ 4500 rpm

248 hp @ 5200 rpm

241 hp @ 5550 rpm

Torque

280 lb-ft @ 1950 rpm

258 lb-ft@ 1600 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1450 rpm

273 lb-ft @ 1300 rpm

All the four rivals have a similar capacity 2.0-liter engine; however, the power generation of the Porsche is much higher than the rest, as mentioned earlier.

Acceleration

The Porsche engine is all class here, reaching the speed of 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and covering a quarter mile in 12.0 seconds. Both the figures are, as expected, best in class.

Models

Porsche 718 boxster roadster

Audi TT convertible

BMW 230i convertible

Mercedes benz c 300 4MATIC cabriolet

0-60 MPH

4.9 sec

5.3 sec

5.6 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter mile

12.0 sec

13.7

14.6 sec

14.6 sec

Engine

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.3

6.8

6.6

7.1

The rivals play catch-up under this parameter with the Audi a close second, while the Mercedes is a distant fourth. The Audi perfectly fits itself in the middle.

Handling and Steering

The new version of the Boxster does have the old suspension, something you cannot complain about. The power steering has been worked on. It does get a much better driver feedback now. The car is agile around the corners too and does decently on the bad roads too. The much wider tires hold it in a much better shape now, with the driver expected to be much more confident on the highways while driving this car.

Braking

The 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Convertible does have the brakes to match its acceleration. This car requires an insanely low 99.8 feet to stop from 60 mph. That this car is the lightest amongst its peers is an added bonus.

Model

Porsche 718 boxster roadster

Audi TT convertible

BMW 230i convertible

Mercedes benz c 300 4MATIC cabriolet

Brake Front (in.)

13.0

12.3

12.3

13.0

Brake Rear (in.)

11.8

11.8

11.4

11.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2944

3373

3680

3957

60-0 MPH (ft.)

99.8

105

106

109

The convection is true here with the heaviest Mercedes Benz C 3000, taking the longest to stop, while the Audi and the BMW are pretty much similar with 105 feet.

2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Fuel Economy

7.3/10

The much more refined engine does what was expected from it. With a city mpg of 21 mpg and that of 28 on the highway, the economy of the Porsche has improved leaps and bounds as compared to the previous versions.

Model

Porsche 718 boxster roadster

Audi TT convertible

BMW 230i convertible

Mercedes benz c 300 4MATIC cabriolet

MPG (city)

21

23

23

22

MPG (highway)

28

30

34

29

MPG (combined)

24

26

27

25

However, the Porsche is still the last here, although not by much with the BMW being the best at 27 mpg combined. The rest are similar with 1 mpg behind one another.

2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Interior

8.0/10

"The Boxster’s cabin is compact and well organized, but drivers may find themselves disappointed in the materials, the likes of which can be found in far less costly cars. The cluster of nearly identical buttons in the center stack will take time to master." - CarandDriver

Seating and Comfort

The 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Convertible is a sports car which housed just the 2 passengers. The interiors of this Porsche are something you would expect from the brand, and Porsche doesn't disappoint.

Model

Porsche 718 boxster roadster

Audi TT convertible

BMW 230i convertible

Mercedes benz c 300 4MATIC cabriolet

Passenger capacity

2

2

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.3/51.5/41.6

36.6/53.6/41.1

40.5/54.4/41.5

38.8/54.8/42.0

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

N/A

N/A

37.0/42.2/31.8

35.6/51.7/32.0


 

The seats are leather cushioned which can be electrically adjusted. It has got a sporty feel to it about it as well in the way it is designed. The comfort factor is somewhat missing, but that is what is expected of a sports car, isn't it!

Interior Features

The interior features include:

  • 2 -way power driver seat (optional)
  • 2 -way power passenger seat (optional)
  • 4 -way manual driver seat adjustments
  • 4 -way manual passenger seat adjustment
  • Height adjustable driver seat
  • Height adjustable passenger seat
  • Sport front seats
  • Cruise control
  • Electric power steering
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Front cupholders
  • Front door pockets
  • Rear view camera
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Universal remote transmitter
  • Interior air filtration
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Climate control
  • Dual vanity mirrors

Infotainment

The Porsche touchscreen infotainment system is easy to use. It provides a great interface, coupled with excellent sound, and also includes:

  • 110 watts stereo output
  • 6 total speakers
  • USB connection
  • Auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control
  • Memory card slot
  • Satellite radio satellite radio
  • AM/FM stereo

Cargo Capacity

The 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Convertible has a spacious trunk. There is no load lip to lift up the baggage. The storage spaces are excellent with a 12V socket as well. The rear seats are foldable.

Model

Porsche 718 Boxster roadster

Audi TT convertible

BMW 230i convertible

Mercedes Benz c 300 4MATIC cabriolet

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

9.7

7.5

11.8

8.8

The BMW 230i coupe is the best here as well, with the Porsche a distant second. The Mercedes and the BMW are close behind the Boxster.

2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Exterior

9.6/10

"Porsche’s design language changes at a glacially slow pace, and the similarity of this new generation to the old one suggests something vaguely Lannister-ish in the family tree. It still looks great, though, so we’ll turn a blind eye." - CarandDriver

Dimension and Weight

The stylish and sleek looking Porsche 718 does have the exteriors of the highest quality. It also has somewhat the best dimensions amongst its rivals, along with the Mercedes Benz.

Model

Porsche 718 Boxster roadster

Audi TT convertible

BMW 230i convertible

Mercedes Benz c 300 4MATIC cabriolet

Curb weight (lbs.)

2944

3373

3680

3957

Length(in)

172.4

164.7

174.7

184.5

Width(in)

70.9

72.1

69.8

71.3

Height(in)

50.4

53.2

55.6

55.5

Ground clearance (in)

4.3

4.4

5.5

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

97.4

98.6

105.9

111.8

Track width (in) F/R

59.6/60.3

61.9/61.1

59.9/61.3

61.6/60.8

The compact looking Porsche does well under all parameters, sans the ground clearance column, where it is the worst and that too by a big margin when the best is considered. With 4.3 inches of clearance, this is something where the Porsche's team definitely needs a look in.

Exterior Features

Some of the exterior features include:

  • Power convertible roof
  • Rear defogger
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • 2 front headrests
  • Daytime running lights
  • Dual front side-mounted airbags
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Front head airbags
  • Remote anti-theft alarm system
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • Traction control
  • Xenon high intensity discharge headlamp
  • 4-wheel ABS
  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes

2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Safety

The IIHS and the NHTSA have not yet rated the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Convertible. The various safety features in the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Convertible are:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor

2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Competition

Audi TT Coupe vs Porsche 718 Boxster Convertible

Let's be honest, the Porsche has far more advantages than the Audi. Although the engine and power generation is the same, the Audi acceleration cannot be left behind. It also has a much roomier and spacious cabin than the Audi.

The Audi is although the bigger car, the underrated Interiors come to the fore for the Porsche. It does have a much bigger trunk too, making the Porsche the deserved winner.

BMW 230i Coupe vs Porsche 718 Boxster Convertible

The Porsche and the BMW have almost the same engine specifications, and while the Porsche does have a better pickup and acceleration along with braking, an $18,000 price difference is too big a difference to ignore. The BMW does have a roomier cabin too.

So, with such a big price difference and the fact that the BMW does score on practicality, it will be seen as the obvious pick amongst the two heavyweights.

Mercedes Benz C 3000 4MATIC vs Porsche 718 Boxster Convertible

Again like the other two, the engine of the Porsche 718 Boxster and the Mercedes Benz C 3000 Coupe are similar. But sad to say, that is the only parameter where the Mercedes does well to compete with the likes of the Audi and the BMW.

Acceleration, pickup, braking, trunk space, you name it and the Porsche win it big time! The only consolation for the Mercedes Benz is that it does have better interior comfort. However, at not much a price difference, the Porsche 718 Boxster is the obvious pick out of the two.

2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Final Verdict

The 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Convertible may be too expensive for some people's liking and may not score enough in terms of interior comfort. However, it does have a much peppier and refined engine which gives a true drive experience that you expect of a Porsche.

However, the moment one looks at the rivals, the BMW 230i seems a much more practical option with its price range and the all-round package it offers.

So, if a Sports car is a need and money is a problem, the BMW 230i is the car for you, while a much more flamboyant pick would be the Porsche 718 Boxster convertible.