2008 Porsche 911 Interior
This interior review was written when the 2008 Porsche 911 was new.
Reviewers are neither impressed nor turned-off by the Carrera's fit and finish. While Consumer Guide says that cabin materials are "solid, upscale, but décor not extravagant for these prices," Forbes contends, "The interior of the Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe is understated and more purposeful than luxurious, with well-placed controls."
Most critics agree that the Carrera's cabin is best suited for just two adults. "Called four-passenger automobiles by Porsche, 911s have plenty of space for front-seat occupants, but backseat riders are in for a major squeeze," says Cars.com.
The Carrera's front seats are positioned low to the ground, which is typical for a sports car. "The seating position is perfect for most enthusiast drivers," says New Car Test Drive. The adds that the seats are "slung so low you feel like you are sitting nearly at floor level, feet straight out ahead, comfortable and ready to rock." Though Consumer Guide reports that the low-slung cockpit "taxes entry/exit," it concedes that there's "good room" and the seats "are long-haul supportive." The low-seat position, however, receives mixed reviews for its impact on road visibility -- with some auto writers reporting that it's difficult to see around larger vehicles.
Despite its comfortable front cabin, the Carrera's split-folding rear seats get negative reviews. Forbes explains that "the backseat is only for small children or cargo." The , however, says that "you can actually pinch two people into small rear seats if you need to."
Included among the many standard comfort and convenience features equipped on every 911 Carrera are an on-board computer, Homelink and the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system -- which includes a 5.8-inch display screen that allows drivers to control all of the 911's communication technology with ease. While the Carrera 4, 4S and Targa 4S add a telephone module to the PCM, the 4S also adds a Navigation Module.
Additionally, the 2008 Carrera comes equipped with an in-dash CD player and nine-speaker sound system. A Bose package upgrade, which Automobile.com says is "quite user friendly" and "sounds better," is available. New Car Test Drive, however, mentions its complexity, and says "something simpler would be welcome."
Consumer Guide says that though the Carrera's cargo space is "not much by absolute standards," it is great "for a sports car." While all trims feature dual cup holders, only the 4, 4S, Targa 4 and Targa 4S come equipped with a storage shelf behind the rear seats. The 4 and 4S also add a lockable glovebox and storage compartment behind the handbrake lever.