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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
Kelley Blue Book
cargo compartments at both ends offer a total of 9.9 cubic feet of space
You'll love the work environment of the 2010 Boxster, too. In all but the Spyder the power convertible top is easy to use, the seats are well-bolstered with available sport seat upgrades, and the low front hood hides a decent amount of cargo space.
The 2010 Porsche Boxster has room for "two occupants" to "enjoy leather-upholstered body-hugging bucket seats," according to Cars.com. Despite the good seats, Edmunds notes that "some may find the Boxster's around-town ride too stiff, but it's never particularly harsh." Whether you choose the standard seating or opt for the more fully adjustable sport seats, comfort and room are good. ConsumerGuide says "the low-slung cockpit is roomy enough for six-footers," and the Boxster's "seats are exceptionally supportive during aggressive cornering." Edmunds reviewers also love the seats, cooing "seat comfort is extraordinary for both occupants."
Cargo room is surprisingly acceptable in the 2010 Porsche Boxster, which is unusual for a sports car. Kelley Blue Book cites the Boxster Porsche's "two trunks" among their favorite features, likening it to "having your cake and eating it, too-and then getting seconds." In terms of actual capacity, Cars.com reports that the "cargo compartments at both ends offer a total of 9.9 cubic feet of space." ConsumerGuide says "careful packing takes good advantage of the front and rear cargo bays for more luggage-carrying possibilities than in many two-seaters." Interior storage is not quite as practical as the overall trunk space, and ConsumerGuide indicates that "cabin storage space is very limited," but they also note "clever cubbies hidden inside the door armrests."
The 2010 Porsche Boxster is a sports car, but it's a luxury sports car, and that becomes obvious when the cabin's materials and finish are examined. Easy-to-use controls are placed conveniently at hand, and though the audio system leaves a bit to be desired and offers too many buttons to manage, the overall experience isn't spoiled.
Edmunds finds that the 2010 Porsche Boxster's interior features "premium materials, proper sports car seating and leather everywhere." ConsumerGuide agrees, stating that the Boxster's "rich-feeling, carefully assembled cabin materials enhance a sophisticated ambiance."
Despite these lush accommodations, the 2010 Porsche Boxster still has one major drawback common to all roadsters: loud road and wind noise. For drivers that love the engaged feeling this can engender, however, it's a good thing. Motor Trend says the "sport exhaust system with valves that open a nearly straight shot through each muffler" offer the most enthusiast-oriented sound. There's no getting around physics, either, as ConsumerGuide points out: the "engine's location behind the seats means more mechanical ruckus than in front-engine designs." They aren't complaining, though, raving that the "race-car engine note delights."
Wind noise, on the other hand, isn't as pleasing. Edmunds reports that even with the top up, "wind noise above 70 mph can...be enough to challenge both conversation and the Boxster's sound system." AutoWeek notices the same thing, but they fall back on the Boxster's pure joy of driving, saying the noise issue is "easily solved by going topless, dropping the hammer and forgetting about all else."
The 2010 Porsche Boxster is luxurious, but it's also an immersive sports car, with all the noise and enjoyment that brings.