Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
Despite having its engine mounted in the middle of the car, the 718 Boxster offers more than enough room to accommodate a couple of taller folks. It’s also wide enough to ensure that you’re never brushing elbows with whomever's sitting next to you, and it's less claustrophobic than a Jaguar F-Type Convertible.
Storage is more of an issue. There's a decently sized glovebox, a couple of cupholders and several cubbies, including two in the doors and one in the centre armrest, each of which is big enough to take a mobile phone. But the door pockets are shallow, tricky to access and certainly not big enough for something chunky, such as a bottle of water.
Probably the biggest disadvantage of the Boxster's mid-engine layout is that there’s nothing but bulkhead behind the front seats. Some two-seater convertibles, such as the BMW Z4, offer cubbies or luggage nets to helpfully stow loose items behind the seats.
If you’re not the tallest of drivers, you will find a small gap behind the seats that you can slide maps or slim guidebooks into. You can also pull the handle on the headrest to fold the backrest forward, revealing hooks on the back on the seat to hang jackets on.
Seat folding and flexibility
Apart from having an electrically adjustable backrest as standard, the Boxster's passenger seat doesn’t do anything to set it apart. You can add 14-way electric adjustment that includes lumbar support, or an 18-way seat that feature adjustable side bolsters.
The Boxster has a choice of two boots in which to stow your bags: one in the nose and the other in the usual place, at the back of the car. While neither offers a massive amount of space there's more room to play with than you get in an Alpine A110 or Jaguar F-Type Convertible. Combined, that means enough space for a few soft weekend bags, a pair of small suitcases or a weekly shop. Forget about golf clubs, though – you’ll have to choose between those or a passenger.
If you need to carry anything more substantial, the Z4 has a bigger boot and the option of a ski hatch, which means you can carry longer items, too.
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