2009 Porsche 911 Interior
Auto writers report the 911's cabin is modern, comfortable and driver-focused. However, don't expect to pack more than two people in its cabin.
- "All-round, Porsche has finally created an interior that comes close to matching the car's performance, not to mention its price point." -- Automobile.com
- "The 911 cockpit is a place designed for serious driving." -- New Car Test Drive
Critics, on balance, agree the 911's four-passenger cabin is best suited for two. While the front offers roomy, comfortable and supportive accommodations, the rear seat is quite useless.
- "Low-slung cockpit taxes entry/exit, but there's good room once aboard. Seats hug without binding, are long-haul supportive. Good basic driving position." -- Consumer Guide
- "Supportive bucket seats with side bolsters hold both driver and passenger in place while cornering, without making either feel pinned in. Large footwells, as well as a tilt/telescoping steering wheel can accommodate drivers of nearly all sizes." -- Edmunds
- "Where the 4S falls short is in rear-seat room, where a couple leather buckets reside to keep insurance agents from charging the two-seater rate." -- Chicago Tribune
- "Called four-passenger automobiles by Porsche, 911s have plenty of space for front-seat occupants, but backseat riders are in for a major squeeze." -- Cars.com
- "The rear seat is useful only for small children or cargo." -- Forbes
To reviewers' delight, many of the 911's convenience gadgets are revamped for the 2009 model year -- bringing them up to date and enhancing their overall usability.
- "In previous years, we bemoaned the 911's lack of in-cabin entertainment and communications features. No longer. The 2009 Porsche 911 gets a revised Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system, which includes a bigger touchscreen display, an easier-to-use interface and options such as Bluetooth and iPod, USB and auxiliary connectivity. Also added to the options list is a new hard-drive-based navigation system and satellite radio with real-time traffic. All of this, plus new ventilated seats and a manual transmission hill holder solidify the 2009 Porsche 911's place as a realistic daily driver option." -- Edmunds
- "Inside, the 5.8-inch LCD screen on the center console has been replaced by a new touch screen measuring 6.5 inches. This third generation of PCM (Porsche Communication Management) combines all audio and navigation functions and features full iPod integration, as well as a USB jack and auxiliary input. The system is far easier to use than the old dial-driven setup and has a simple and logical menu structure." -- Automobile Magazine
- "Again, the Bose audio system not only sounds better but is now easy for anyone to operate, and the automatic HVAC system is also quite user friendly." -- Automobile.com
Reviewer opinions are split on the 911's cargo room. With the exception of the base and S trims, all other 911's feature a storage shelf behind the rear seats. The 4 and 4S also add a lockable glovebox and storage compartment behind the handbrake lever.
- "Storage space in the Carrera S is limited to the small forward trunk and whatever can be laid across the useless-for-humans backseat. If you're taking the car on a golf weekend, ship the clubs FedEx." -- Edmunds
- "Great for a sports car, not much by absolute standards. A weekending couple's soft luggage fills back-seat area, which is easiest to access on hatchback Targas. Front compartment takes a couple of gym bags." -- Consumer Guide
- "[T]he trunk upfront holds only a small duffel bag. Golf clubs? Try tennis." -- Chicago Tribune