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2010 Ferrari California
Original MSRP: $192,000 - $192,000
MPG: 13 City / 19 Hwy
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2010 Ferrari California Interior

This interior review was written when the 2010 Ferrari California was new.

Critics admire the California's elegant, comfortable interior. While its roomy cargo hold adds some practicality to this sporty grand tourer, its useless back seats don't. However, the rear seats can be replaced with an extra storage shelf.

  • "Any lingering questions over the vehicle's purpose or styling instantly slip away as soon as you slide into the cabin, thanks in part to the thousand hours Ferrari's aerodynamicists spent honing the California's shape in the wind tunnel. Coddled in the most exquisitely-crafted hand-stitched leather, you're instantly met with a sense of occasion." -- Autoblog
  • "The cabin is fitted out with the usual Ferrari aplomb of creamy hides and expertly crafted trimming." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "The interior is magnificent, and the suspended bridge in the middle console and the superbly comfortable seats are a feast to the eye." -- Edmunds

Seating

The California features a 2+ seating arrangement. In other words, its backseat is more for show than use. Compared to other exotic sports cars, this isn’t surprising -- as no competitor adequately seats more than two front passengers.

Still, critics find that the California's front seats provide a lot of comfort and support, and particularly like the fact that its driver-focused cabin.

  • "A grand tourer it may be - in juxtaposition to the track-focused 430 Scuderia - but it's clear from the start where the California's cockpit places its emphasis. The seats are aggressively bolstered. The tachometer dominates the instrument binnacle, framed by over-sized shift paddles. The steering wheel, though fully adjustable, sits right in your chest for optimal control, its prancing horse dominating the hub flanked by the manettino chassis control switch and bright red starter button." -- Autoblog
  • "[W]hile the passenger foot space is a little tight for those over 6 ft, the driver's position, with its reach-and-rake adjustable steering, is nearly perfect." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "Ferrari refers to the California as a "2 plus," rather than a two-plus-two, an oblique reference to rear seating that would be severely confining for passengers who happen to be equipped with legs." -- Car and Driver
  • "There's even a pair of simple backseats for a couple of extra bags. Yes, just bags. There's no way adults could sit there; there's simply not enough room." -- Edmunds
  • "The California's rear seats are 911-sized (meaning two things: the same size as the back seats in a Porsche 911, and that you'd have to dial 9-1-1 to have emergency personnel extract any adult who tries to squeeze into the back.)" -- Automobile Magazine

Interior Features

In addition to elegant trim and superior craftsmanship, the California's cabin also comes equipped with top-grade features -- including an easy-to-use infotainment system that features a 6.5-inch touch-screen and navigation system.

  • "The new 6.5-in. touchsceen infotainment system replete with satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, hard-drive storage and iPod interface is definitely a surprise to see in a Ferrari-the last real modern item the company has hesitated to adopt for one reason or another." -- Road and Track
  • "The California's navigation system is the same Harman/Becker unit used by Chrysler. It's a decent touch-screen unit with great usability, but the screen's resolution is a generation or two behind the best, so the map itself is of limited use. The sound quality is only fair (it doesn't come close to the JBL sound system in the Scuderia Spider 16M, for example), but the system offers easy-to-use Bluetooth phone integration, a hard drive for music storage, aux-in jacks, and full iPod integration." -- Automobile Magazine

Cargo

With regards to cargo room, Ferrari’s California leads the class of exotic sports cars. The trunk holds 12.7 cubic feet with the top up and 9.2 cubic feet with the top down. What's more, drivers can choose to replace the California's useless backseat with a storage bench. However, drivers who choose to keep the rear seat can increase trunk space -- the seat backs fold down.

  • "[T]he California should be an extraordinary practical sports car in which you can bring along more than in a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti - more than in a VW Golf, even." -- Edmunds
  • "There is also a handy pass through that allows you to carry long objects such as golf bags." -- Road and Track
  • The backseats are "more useful for extra baggage and can fold flat to allow pass-through from the generous trunk, which together with the trick folding hard-top makes the California the most versatile Ferrari in the company's range, if not in its history." -- Autoblog
  • "The rear seats can be replaced with a beautifully finished cargo shelf at no cost, but in either configuration, the space can be used for additional storage, and the California even offers a trunk pass-through for long items.… The trunk is easily large enough, at least with the roof up, to accommodate a large suitcase." -- Automobile Magazine
Review Last Updated: 4/30/10

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