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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
engine's location behind the seats means more mechanical ruckus than in front-engine designs
having your cake and eating it, too-and then getting seconds
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cargo compartments at both ends offer a total of 9.9 cubic feet of space
The Boxster's work environment is snug where it needs to be, and spacious where it counts.
Even the base chairs are well-formed, but the Boxster's available sport seats are well-bolstered, too. Foot room is fine, and the center stack of easy-to-use controls doesn't rob too much knee room.
Ergonomics haven't been Porsche's strong suit, but the controls in the Boxster at least are conveniently placed--the cockpit's not that big, after all. The audio system still has too many buttons to be truly user-friendly, though.Storage space inside is minimal. Twin trunks, front and back, trunks team up for 9.9 cubic feet of total stow space--4.6 cubes in back and 5.3 cubes in front.
In all but the Spyder, the power convertible top is easy to use. The Spyder gets a top all its own, and it's more an emergency rain guard, manually operated, with much less of the standard Boxster's thick soundproofing and rich lining.
A final point about the Boxster's comfort: there's plenty of road and wind noise for two people. If you can't tolerate a totally immersive driving experience, ears included, the Boxster simply isn't for you. Drivers that love the wrap-around feel of the Boxster, glorious engine noise and all, will soak it all up as atmosphere.
There's more space inside the Boxster than in some darty sportscars--and far more trunk up front.