Clever packaging makes the most of the space on board
Coupes like the 911 usually focus on sportiness instead of space – but the Porsche makes the most of the room it does have. Both front seats are mounted low to the floor, so there is a decent amount of head room, even for tall adults. The centre console cuts through the cabin, separating the driver and passenger, but it still leaves enough room for you both to stretch out.
Storage space is less impressive. The glovebox is deep but quite narrow, making it hard to fit more than a few documents inside. Similarly, the two door bins on each side (one open and one with a hinged lid) are a mixed bag. The open bins are good for loose items but too narrow for a water bottle to fit easily, whereas the closed cubbies are mounted behind your elbow, making them tricky to access. There are also two intricate cupholders that slide out of the dashboard, and a shallow storage area under the central armrest that is deep enough for a wallet or phone.
Porsche 911 rear space
Even small children will find it tight in the back
Although there is a generous amount of space up front, the 911’s two rear seats are really only for emergencies, very young children or (more likely) as a place to put a coat or bag. The seats have no headrests, are narrow and are split by the wide transmission tunnel. You can just about fit an Isofix child seat on either side, but try to squeeze an adult in the back and they won’t thank you for it.
Access isn’t great, either, due to the sloping roof, which also severely restricts the amount of head room on offer.
There is a tiny, shallow cubbyhole between the two seats, but otherwise rear passengers have precious little storage space.
Porsche 911 seating flexibility
Rear seats fold flat to create extra luggage space
Adjusting the height or backrest angle of the front passenger seat is easy thanks to a pair of switches on the side of the seat. Electric lumbar adjustment is standard as well. However, you have to pull a lever if you want to slide the seats forwards or backwards (full-electric seat adjustment is an optional extra). You also have to return the seats to their original position manually if you move them to get to the ones behind.
The rear seats split and fold down flat, which allows you to carry long items of luggage, such as a set of golf clubs, without much fuss.
Porsche 911 boot space
Having two luggage areas increases carrying flexibility
The main luggage area is in the nose of the car. It offers 145 litres of space (the four-wheel-drive models have slightly less), which is enough for a soft weekend holdall or a few shopping bags. This is more space than you’ll find in an Audi R8, but considerably less than a Jaguar F-type Coupe offers.
Fold the rear seats down, though, and you get another 260 litres of luggage space, which makes the 911 surprisingly practical and gives a combined figure that’s on a par with a VW Golf’s with its rear seats up.
The front compartment is deep, but its square shape does limit what you can carry in it, while the area in the back is stepped. Still, when you consider that part of this rear luggage area sits above the engine, the Porsche is pretty versatile.