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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
I was particularly impressed by how calm the cabin was with the top down — even at 60 mph.
Like any good sports car, the Boxster's cockpit is close and supporting where it needs to be and yet roomy enough for comfort where it counts.
The standard-equipment seats are comfortable and up to the task, but the upgraded sport seats are better-bolstered and more handsome as well. Leg and foot room is good despite the mid-mounted engine placement, and even taller occupants should have enough knee room thanks to an intelligent center stack that doesn't impinge on the passengers much. The front-mounted trunk is quite spacious, too.
Despite the somewhat haphazard scattering of buttons and controls in the Boxster's interior, they're all close enough to hand, and make sense once you figure them out. The audio system might be the main exception to this, being too busy with buttons to be truly easy to use.
The power folding soft top is a cinch, but you'll do without it in the Spyder, which gets a covering that's more temporary rain shield than true top, and essentially bare of any pretense at sound proofing or lining.
The main drawback in the Boxster's cabin is the noise level: there's an abundance from tires and wind, which, when added to the engine, can be a bit overwhelming on long highway drives. That said, the Boxster is a sports roadster, and buyers will likely expect and even appreciate the noises that come with the experience.
The cabin of the Boxster is roomier than it might appear from the outside, and the front trunk is spacious, too.