Porsche Boxster vs BMW Z4 sDrive30i and Lexus LC

Porsche’s Boxster for 2019 is pretty much everything a Porsche enthusiast expects. It corners like it’s on rails, it’s got plenty of power, it’s tight and responsive and well-thought-out and has the sort of German attention to quality and engineering that you’d expect in a Porsche. The new Boxster is carrying on some time-honored Porsche traditions, but how does it stack up against the BMW Z4 sDrive 308 and Lexus LC? Here are some raw numbers:

 

 

Porsche Boxster

BMW Z4

Lexus LC

MSRP

$59,000

$49,700

$92,300

Engine

4 cyl, Turbo, 2.0L

4 cyl, Twin Turbo, 2.0L

5.0 Liter V8

Transmission

Manual

Automatic

Automatic

MPG

21 city / 28 highway

25 city / 32 highway

16 city / 25 highway

Body Style

Convertible

Roadster

Coupe
 Horsepower

 300

 255  471
 Torque

 280

 295  369
 Base Curb Weight (lbs)

 2944

 3287  4370
0-60 time

4.6 second

5.1 seconds 4.8 seconds

 

One thing that’s readily apparent in this breakdown is the BMW’s porky 3000-plus-pound curb weight. That, along with an engine that’s significantly less powerful than the Boxster, takes a toll on the BMW’s performance compared to the Porsche. Yes, 0-60 in 5.1 seconds is pretty fast, but just to put it in context, that’s about on par with the performance of a Honda Accord equipped with the turbo 2.0 liter four and ten-speed automatic. The curb weight of the Lexus practically puts it in an entirely different category and takes a toll on its acceleration, as it’s over a half-ton heavier than the Boxster. Many also find the styling of the Lexus to be an acquired taste.

The Boxster is also more stable and predictable on the skidpad and around corners, with precise steering and response that’s akin to a race car, while the BMW’s seven different drive modes for steering, engine, transmission and suspension are likely to be too fussy for many drivers.

2019 Porsche 718 Boxster Driveability Comparison

The Boxster carries on the Porsche tradition in every way that you’d expect. It’s tight and solid in the curves, with the turbocharged flat-four engine delivering plenty of punch when you put your foot in it and swinging the rear end around in a very controllable way if you step on it a little harder in the curves. The ride is firm but compliant, and the Boxster doesn’t get all jittery and lose its composure on rough pavement.

The Porsche’s interior is a little Spartan, and although it comes standard with a backup camera and blind spot alert, be prepared to pay extra for things like navigation and adaptive cruise control. Cargo space is a little cramped, but you’re probably not buying a Boxster for hauling groceries anyway. All in all, the Porsche 718 Boxster is aimed at a Porsche driver’s expectations, and fulfills them in ways that the BMW Z4 and Lexus LC can’t.

Visit Porsche Exchange in Highland Park, IL for a Test Drive

We know you’ve been dreaming of owning one, you’ve done your research, now you just need that little nudge to help inform and inspire your decision.  So come in today to Porsche Exchange in Highland Park for your test drive! See for yourself how the 718 Boxster stacks up against the competition.

 

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