Jaguar F-Type Vs. Porsche Boxster Or Porsche 911: Compare Cars

September 14, 2015
2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

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Two of the purest sports-cars on the market today are the Porsche Boxster and the Jaguar F-Type. But they take two very different design-and-engineering pathways to get there—and their driving personalities couldn't be more different. Likewise, the Porsche 911 carries a classic sports-car nameplate, but it's become more of a grand-tourer over time. Which will come out as the best overall?

The Boxster comes in three flavors: Boxster, Boxster S, and Boxster GTS. With the Boxster, you get a 2.7-liter flat-six engine rated at 265 hp and a 0-60 mph time of just 5.5 seconds, while the 3.4-liter in the S is good for 315 horsepower and 4.8 seconds. Opt for the Boxster GTS and you'll upgrade to 330 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque as well as a range of performance-focused suspension and appearance upgrades--and a 4.4-second 0-60 mph time. The F-Type comes in four different flavors, each with forced induction. There's a pair of supercharged V-8s, as well as a pair of supercharged V-6s--set apart by twin inboard exhausts, while the V-8 has quad exhausts, mounted outboard. The quickest of the bunch, the F-Type Coupe R, manages 0-60 mph in just 4.0 seconds and packs a 550-hp punch.

Meanwhile, the latest Porsche 911 is offered in Carrera, Carrera S, and all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 variants, with the top C4S packing a 400-hp, 3.8-liter six and capable of getting to 60 in 4.3 seconds. Add options like the Sport Chrono package and Porsche Active Suspension Management and you have a grand-touring sports car with almost unassailable handling matched with top-notch road manners. Between the Boxster and the F-Type, however, the Boxster might be more of a dynamic champion as you push ever closer to its limit, so we give it a very slight edge—even though its steering in the latest versions can be a slight bit numb.

While the F-Type is a true sports car, by the book, it's hardly begging to be driven to its limit on the track; although it's balanced and responsive in all the right ways, it's to be better enjoyed on the road, even in F-Type Coupe R form. On the other hand, the Porsches feel born and bred for track time, and with just some smart options or accessories—like an extra set of tires and wheels, perhaps—both the Boxster and the 911 can suffice as year-round transport as well as occasional track days.

Inside, between the Boxster and the F-Type, the Porsche is the one with a roomier interior. Although the F-Type's seats are great at holding you in place, it's quite snug and there's barely enough legroom; the Boxster is the pick for taller drivers, although we stepped up the F-Types Comfort and Quality score due to its astonishingly good cabin, with stitched leather and delicate-looking yet durable trims. The interior of the 911, on the other hand, can feel much like that of a luxury sedan at times (although there's barely a back seat of course); we'd recommend its sport seats for serious driving support.

From a safety standpoint, the F-Type has a better set of features than the Boxster, including blind-spot monitoring and reverse traffic detection, along with all the usual electronic aids. But if you step up to the 911 you can get a sophisticated front-end collision avoidance system, as well as adaptive cruise control.

In features, it's between the 911 and the F-Type, but we think the F-Type might have an edge. Its Meridian sound systems are noteworthy, although so is the 911's Burmester system with 821 watts and Air Motion Transformer tweeters. The Boxster is also well-equipped, with Bose surround sound on offer, but its connectivity and infotainment is a step behind.

Who's the winner? There isn't a clear one in this head-to-head, but if you go by our Overall Scores, the F-type edges ahead of the Boxster, with its opulent interior, an awesome feature set, and an on-the-road driving experience that won't let you down.

Summary

9.0
Expert Rating
The 2015 Jaguar F-Type piles on even more sportscar credibility with a ravishing Coupe R edition.
9.0
Expert Rating
The 2015 Porsche 911 is an enthusiast's dream, with excellent handling, comfort, and performance at every step through its range.

Styling

10
Expert Rating
The Jaguar F-Type gives credit to its past, but makes bank on a sharply detailed silhouette all its own.
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10
Expert Rating
It's much bigger these days, but the Porsche 911's outline still carries the charm of the original.
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Performance

9.0
Expert Rating
Awesome V-8 muscle and a relatively absorbent ride make the F-Type one of our favorite sportscar cruisers.
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10
Expert Rating
The 911 is unbelievably talented on the track and on the road, even in its plushest PDK Cabriolet models.
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Comfort & Quality

9.0
Expert Rating
The trunk is tiny on roadsters, but the F-Type Coupe's reasonably accommodating--and both are lovingly trimmed.
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8.0
Expert Rating
You might be shocked at how comfortable, quiet, and practical the Porsche 911's cabin can be.
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Safety

8.0
Expert Rating
There's no crash data yet for the F-Type, but a big rearview camera and other safety tech give us confidence.
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8.0
Expert Rating
No crash-test scores exist, but there's a plethora of safety tech built into the current 911.
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Features

9.0
Expert Rating
Meridian sound, performance seats, track-driving modes--virtually everything we'd want in a sportscar is here.
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9.0
Expert Rating
You can have just about anything you want in a 911--wrapped in leather, even--but beware that dizzying, long options list.
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Fuel Economy

6.0
Expert Rating
The EPA looks somewhat kindly on the V-6 F-Types, but the V-8 is what it is.
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7.0
Expert Rating
The Porsche 911 is very easy on fuel, for what it is, and for what it can do.
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MSRP

from $65,000
from $84,300

Invoice

from $60,125
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Fuel Economy - Combined City and Highway

23
22

Engine

Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6, 3.0 L
Premium Unleaded H-6, 3.4 L

Drivetrain

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