The Boxster’s cabin cocoons its occupants and feels understated and classy. The design of the dashboard, instruments, door trims and centre console is elegant rather than avant-garde, and the quality of the materials and finish is high.
Seat comfort and your relation to the steering wheel, pedals and gear lever are excellent, as is the placement of the infotainment unit and other switchgear.
You sit low in a Boxster, with your legs stretching out in front – rather than out and down, as they would in a sedan or SUV. You certainly don’t have an SUV driver’s commanding view. However, the low seating position adds to the feeling of sportiness and connection with the road.
All versions of the Boxster ride very comfortably, considering this is a highly capable sports car. On suburban streets you will hear – and to some extent feel – more thumps from the tyres than you would in, say, a typical family sedan or hatchback. The bigger wheels worn by the Boxster S make the low-speed ride comfort a bit less cushy again, especially over sharp-edged urban bumps.
While the optional adaptive dampers improve comfort, they are not a must: unlike some performance cars, a Boxster can be relaxing to drive on its non-adjustable standard suspension.
With the roof down, the driver and passenger in a Boxster are well protected from the airstream. You are not buffeted: there is just enough airflow and engine noise to add enjoyment.
Some convertibles feel soggy on bumpy roads – and many are. Sometimes when a convertible is developed from a fixed-roof design, so much rigidity is lost that over rough patches you can see the convertible’s windscreen wobbling as the car’s body twists. There is very little of this in a Boxster: its body feels strong.
To lower or raise the power operated soft roof, you press a button in the cabin or another on the key. It takes about 10 seconds and can be done while driving, as long as you’re moving at less than 50km/h.
With its roof up, the Boxster – as you would expect – is noisier to ride in than most cars with fixed metal roofs. By comparison with other small soft-tops however, it feels quiet and refined.