Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
The Boxster Spyder looks expensive next to the BMW Z4 M40i and Audi TT RS, but it’s feels like a more exquisite car all round. It’s a bargain next to equivalently quick versions of the Jaguar F-Type, too, plus you can expect some of the strongest resale values of any car on sale.
Cylinder deactivation, which cuts out three of the six cylinders when you’re only lightly touching the accelerator pedal, helps reduce fuel consumption, but even so, the Spyder’s official economy is just 25.7mpg. From our experience that's about the best you can expect, but it's way more than some F-Type’s will achieve. CO2 emissions are 249g/km.
Equipment is pretty basic. Manual air conditioning is standard, for example, so if you want even fairly ordinary upgrades, such as climate control, get ready to dip into the options list – and deep into your pocket.