2008 Porsche Boxster vs. Its Competition

2008 Porsche Boxster Limited Edition
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Two-seat convertibles dripping with power and great bloodlines all owe something to the Porsche Boxster.

BMW's Z4 has edgy styling, fantastic dynamics, and a powerful M companion, but a busy interior.

The MINI Cooper Convertible actually seats four, but you'll do better to consider it a two-seater; its convertible top is clever, the shape is instantly recognizable, and performance with the supercharged S is blistering.

Nissan's 350Z roadster has raw power and clawlike traction, while Audi's TT roadster gets all-wheel drive and a big V-6 on its features list.

2008 Porsche Boxster Limited Edition2008 Porsche BoxsterBrowse Used Listings2008 Audi TT 2-door Roadster Auto 2.0T FrontTrak Angular Front Exterior View2008 Audi TTBrowse Used Listings2008 MINI Cooper Convertible 2-door S Open Doors2008 MINI Cooper ConvertibleBrowse Used Listings
Quick Specs
9.2
The 2008 Porsche Boxster performs brilliantly, and looks and feels the part, delivering a modern take on the classic roadster experience.
8.2
The TT is a little more engaging to drive than before, but it doesn’t stand out in the crowd quite like the original one did when it was new.
8.8
The 2008 MINI Cooper Convertible brings top-down fun to the already entertaining MINI hatchback.
MSRP From  
$45,800$34,800$21,950
Gas Mileage  
19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas Flat 6-cylTurbo Gas I4Gas 4-Cyl
EPA Class  
Two-SeaterMini-CompactMinicompact
Style Name  
2-Door Roadster2-Door Coupe Automatic 2.0T FrontTrak2-Door
Drivetrain  
Rear-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
244
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
2 Door Roadster2 Door Coupe2 Door Convertible
Transmission  
ManualAutomatic w/ODManual