The amount of electric adjustment to the driver’s seat in your Boxster will depend on how much you're willing to pay. The standard seats come with a handle for manually sliding the seat back and forth and a button for electrically adjusting the angle of the backrest. You can add optional 14-way electric seats or sports seats, but all versions offer a good level of support and hold you firmly in place when cornering. Adding the optional Sports Plus seats, or the race-style Sport Bucket seats, isn’t really necessary unless you plan to take your Boxster on the track.
The pedals are perfectly positioned and the upright dashboard is where you’ll find all the buttons and switches for controlling the major functions. It can be a little confusing at first, but once you’ve learnt to navigate the controls it is easy enough to use, even when you’re on the move.
Porsche Boxster visibility
Roadsters are notoriously hard to see out of, with thick pillars, small rear windows and a low driving position, but the Boxster is better than most. It’s easy to judge the width of the car, and while the rear screen is narrow it still gives a good view of what’s behind.
Parking sensors are available as an option, with the choice of either reversing sensors, all-round sensors or a pack that includes a colour camera mounted in the boot. The side windows are slightly narrow, so the Boxster can feel a bit claustrophobic with the roof up.
Porsche Boxster infotainment
The Boxster is only average in this area – not because of the quality of its system, but because you have to fork out for kit that should really come as standard. Just adding sat-nav to the standard 7.0in touchscreen costs four figures, although adding nav also brings Bluetooth. A DAB digital radio and voice control also cost a sizeable sum.
On the plus side, the 7.0in colour touchscreen is easy to reach, quick to respond to your inputs, and is logically laid out with shortcut buttons to help you find each major function. Rivals' systems, such as iDrive in the BMW Z4, are simpler to use, with a rotary dial that makes it easier to navigate the menus on the move.
There are no audio controls on the steering wheel unless you pay extra, and, of course, you can pay to upgrade to a high-end audio system if the standard six-speaker system won’t do it for you.
Porsche Boxster build quality
Porsche has a reputation for luxurious cabins – and although the Boxster is one of the cheapest cars in the German brand’s line-up, it doesn’t let the side down. As standard you get solid, high-quality switchgear and well-damped buttons. Everything feels like it has been tightly screwed together and almost everything you touch in the interior is covered in dense, soft touch materials. Full leather seats will cost you extra, though.
Spend a little extra, and you can have a leather-covered dash and door panels, or pay even more for Alcantara or wood finishes. Even without these fripperies the Boxster exudes quality, and feels a bit more special to sit in than cheaper rivals, such as the BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLC. Only the Audi TT Roadster feels classier inside.