2010 Porsche Boxster Interior
This interior review was written when the 2010 Porsche Boxster was new.
Reviewers find that the Boxster's interior provides a pleasing combination of comfort, luxury and practical cargo room.
- "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
Auto writers report that the Boxster's seats are comfortable and supportive. However, its low-slung cabin makes it hard to enter and exit. That, however, is a typical characteristic of most sports cars.
- "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
- "My biggest issue with the Boxster is that I wanted more legroom. While the spec sheet says there is 41.6 inches, I still felt a little cramped inside the cabin. When you put your left foot on the dead pedal it felt awkward and I wanted more space to stretch my legs just a little bit more than the car allowed me. Comfort is certainly a game of inches and the Boxster didn't offer me enough." -- Detroit News
Critics, on balance, are satisfied with the Boxster's interior features. Though some note minor issues with its audio system, most find those issues negligible. Besides, no one ever bought a Porsche for the stereo.
- "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
Like its sibling, the Cayman, the Porsche Boxster provides two cargo holds -- which enhances its everyday utility. In fact, no other roadster in the class of luxury sports cars can boast the same. This is because the Cayman features a mid-mounted engine, which helps with overall balance. The fact that the Boxster's engine isn't in the front or rear, leaves those areas free to carry cargo. Still, while trunk space abounds, critics offer mixed reviews on its in-cabin storage room.
- "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
- "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