2020 Porsche 718 Boxster vs. 2020 Jaguar F-Type

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Safety

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Both the 718 Boxster and the F-Type have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

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The 718 Boxster’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the F-Type’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the 718 Boxster’s reliability 43 points higher than the F-Type.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche 15th in initial quality. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 60 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 25th.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the 718 Boxster S is faster than the F-Type P300 (automatics tested):

718 Boxster

F-Type

Zero to 60 MPH

3.7 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

12.2 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

112.6 MPH

99.7 MPH

The flat cylinder configuration of the boxer engine in the 718 Boxster lowers its center of gravity, enhancing handling stability. The F-Type doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the 718 Boxster Spyder’s fuel efficiency. The F-Type doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Regenerative brakes improve the 718 Boxster’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The F-Type doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

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The 718 Boxster offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The F-Type doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

The 718 Boxster offers an optional sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The F-Type doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the 718 Spyder’s brake rotors are larger than those on the F-Type:

Spyder

Spyder opt.

F-Type

F-Type R-Dynamic

F-Type R/SVR

F-Type opt.

Front Rotors

15 inches

16.1 inches

14 inches

15 inches

15 inches

15.7 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

15.4 inches

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

14.8 inches

15 inches

The 718 Boxster stops much shorter than the F-Type:

Boxster

F-Type

80 to 0 MPH

189 feet

196 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

143 feet

151 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

98 feet

113 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The 718 Boxster has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The F-Type’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The 718 Boxster handles at 1.06 G’s, while the F-Type R Convertible pulls only .92 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The 718 Boxster S executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the F-Type R Convertible (23.1 seconds @ .89 average G’s vs. 24.2 seconds @ .85 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Porsche 718 Boxster may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 700 pounds less than the Jaguar F-Type.

The 718 Boxster is 3.6 inches shorter than the F-Type, making the 718 Boxster easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Porsche 718 Boxster amounts to more than styling. The 718 Boxster offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .31 to .34 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is lower than the F-Type (.35 to .36) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the 718 Boxster get better fuel mileage.

Cargo Capacity

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The 718 Boxster has a much larger trunk than the F-Type Convertible (9.7 vs. 7.3 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the 718 Boxster’s available trunk can be opened just by holding your hand near the emblem on the trunk, leaving your hands completely free. The F-Type doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than Jaguar. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in service department satisfaction. With a 68% lower rating, Jaguar is ranked 20th.

Ergonomics

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The 718 Boxster’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The F-Type does not have an oil pressure gauge.

In case of a sudden change of weather, the 718 Boxster has a standard remote convertible top that can be raised from a distance to protect the interior of the vehicle from damage. The F-Type doesn’t offer a remote top, so the driver will have to run to the car, get in, turn the ignition on and raise the top to prevent the interior from being damaged.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the 718 Boxster offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The F-Type doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the 718 Boxster PDK offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The F-Type doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

With optional PCM Voice Control, the 718 Boxster offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The F-Type doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the 718 Boxster owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the 718 Boxster will cost $3055 to $9110 less than the F-Type over a five-year period.

The 718 Boxster will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the 718 Boxster will retain 57.09% to 60.51% of its original price after five years, while the F-Type only retains 40.76% to 43.42%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Porsche 718 Boxster will be $11176 to $51751 less than for the Jaguar F-Type.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Porsche 718 Boxster, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Boxster was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 15 of the last 16 years. The F-Type has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Porsche 718 outsold the Jaguar F-Type by 70% during 2019.

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