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2009 Porsche Boxster Interior

This interior review was written when the 2009 Porsche Boxster was new.

Auto critics report that the Boxster's cabin is comfortable and luxurious, with more cargo room than one would expect in a car of its size.

  • +"Engine's location behind the seats means more mechanical ruckus than in front-engine designs. But Boxster's race-car engine note delights. Road noise is well-managed considering this car's wide, low-profile tires. Top up or down, Boxster is reasonably well-isolated. ... Boxster's rich-feeling, carefully assembled cabin materials enhance a sophisticated ambiance." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The interior, a modern interpretation of the classic Porsche look-notably the instrument panel dominated by a large centered-mounted tachometer-carries over the major 2005 revamp that stressed roomier accommodations and upgraded materials." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The cockpit is "first-rate, with premium materials, proper sports car seating and leather everywhere, plus an oversized and center-mounted tach right where it belongs." -- Edmunds

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Seating

Reviewers agree that the Boxster's seats are comfortable and supportive. However, its low-slung cabin might not be easy to enter or exit.

  • "The low-slung cockpit is roomy enough for six-footers. The seats are exceptionally supportive during aggressive cornering. ... Entry and exit demand some flexibility." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Seat comfort is also extraordinary for both occupants, and the leather-wrapped steering wheel feels a bit large at first -- until you quickly realize it's perfectly sized after all." -- Edmunds
  • "New seats offer even better lateral support, making the Boxster cockpit a near perfect place to conduct the business of spirited driving--or riding. Even the passenger is held firmly and comfortably in place without having to grasp the door handle." -- Motor Trend

Interior Features

Auto writers are generally pleased with the Boxster's interior features. Though critics note minor issues with its audio system, most find them nothing to dwell over.

  • "Racy design puts the tachometer appropriately dead-ahead on the instrument panel. It houses digital road-speed readout to supplement the analog speedometer. The control layout is logical, but the audio and climate systems are governed by too many undersized, look-alike buttons.  ... Porsche does charge extra for amenities some rivals include as standard, including full leather upholstery and power seats." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Even the DVD nav system is simple to program, as we found when we hijacked a car for an extra nighttime drive to the next city in a desperate attempt to find something to criticize to prevent this review from reading like a fan-club rave. Sorry, even the lighting is excellent." -- Motor Trend
  • "The base stereo is laughable, but the optional Bose system sounds good." -- Edmunds
  • "Just a note, Porsche has improved their audio equipment over the years, so that now the process of presetting radio stations is less of a chore, and up to 10 presets for each band are available. It's a relatively simple setup compared to BMW's overly complicated and sometimes frustrating i-Drive, or others of this type, and in a car that is targeting those who enjoy their driving at least as much as their music, it's quite good. Sound quality is decent but not the best and there's no plug-in for an iPod or satellite radio, however, but again, this probably won't be as much of an issue to Boxster buyers." -- Automobile.com

Cargo

Critics find the Boxster's two cargo holds exceptionally useful for this class. Interior storage, however, receives mixed reviews.

  • "Careful packing takes good advantage of the front and rear cargo bays for more luggage-carrying possibilities than in many two-seaters. No volume is lost when the roof is lowered.  ... Cabin storage space is very limited, but there are clever cubbies hidden inside the door armrests." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Anyone who has ever used a sports car as a daily driver, let alone taken a trip in one, has to feel that having not one, but two reasonable trunks is like having your cake and eating it, and then getting seconds." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "From a practicality standpoint, there isn't a more functional two-seat roadster on the planet. I surprised my cameraman when we stowed his rather large tripod in the ultra-deep front trunk, and then all the rest of his gear in the shallower, but wider trunk to the rear. You'll be amazed at what you can get into this car, with three lidded armrests, space behind the seats for a few extra items, plus a covered what-have-you bin where the rear shelf would otherwise be and two tiny pockets beside them for putting in ... driving gloves? You decide." -- Automobile.com
  • "There's almost 10 cubic feet of luggage space in the front and rear trunks, but very little in the cockpit itself." -- Orlando Sentinel
Review Last Updated: 10/5/09

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