Battle of the sixes - Which £30k sports car gives you more bang for your buck?
A question I often ask myself and others is, which car is better? The Jaguar F-Type V6 S convertible or the Porsche 981 Boxster S. Both these sports cars have two seats, both have an engine with the number '6' in the name, are both roughly the same age and both sit comfortably under the £30,000 mark here in the UK. So, which one of these is a better use of your hard earned cash?
Well to be perfectly honest with you, it is mostly down to personal taste however, there are a few factors which you should consider. So, what powers these beasts? Well, the Porsche Boxster S is powered by a flat-6 which produces 311hp, while the Jaguar offers a V6 which produces 375hp in the S up from 335hp in the standard one.
But the real shock comes in the original prices for both cars. Brand new the Boxster S would have set you back around £46k whereas V6 S was closer to £70k. Bonkers right? However, Jag have paid their price and they are now selling for under what the 981 is...
Although let's be honest, you are most likely not buying a two seater sports car just because of how much money its lost? No, you want to buy it for how much fun they are to drive. I will try not to be so biased but I have actually driven the Boxster S and I have to say it is fantastic.
The steering feel you get through corners was far superior to much else I have driven before. Another thing which is very rarely rivaled is the sound of a high-revving flat-6. They sound mega. I found the Peter Kay (PDK) gearbox to be extremely responsive as you would expect but I wasn't a fan of the odd paddles on this particular steering wheel which are more like buttons.
On the F-Type side of things, I would have to be honest and say I have no experience in the driver's seat of one but I can confirm the noise is really worth your while. It is a sensational noise which could easily be compared to that of a howling wolf who farts at the end of each prolonged groan. From what I have heard, the F-Type has a very comfortable ride and once again, a great gearbox for quick and effortless shifts.
In terms of storage space, I think the Boxster wins. Yes, the F-Type has a relatively large boot (196 litres) but since the Boxster is mid-engined, it has both a trunk and a frunk or a froot depending on where you stand. Both these spaces have a combined size of 280 litres, trumping the Jag.
So, I would say if you are in the market for a two seater convertible sports car which costs around £30,000 then I would suggest going for the Porsche. Not only is it more practical but it is more reliable and from what I have heard, better to drive. It would also be better on fuel I would imagine. Feel free to rip me to shreds in the comments all you Jag lovers, I can take it.