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2016 Porsche 911 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Porsche 911 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.2

Test drivers say the 2016 Porsche 911's interior has luxurious materials, excellent build quality and tons of options, making it a comfortable car to drive every day. The front seats are firm, supportive and spacious. The rear seats aren't large enough to fit adults comfortably, but that's normal for sports coupes. The 911's infotainment features are straightforward, for the most part, though programming the navigation system and radio can take some getting used to. The 911 has a modestly sized front trunk and limited cabin storage around the front seats.

  • "The 911's thoughtful interior layout and modern amenities make it well suited to daily use." -- Edmunds
  • "Luxury sedan-grade materials and design characterize the cabin, with a nearly unlimited range of options - including extended leather, several seat designs, numerous colors and aluminum, carbon fiber and wood trims - available to suit the buyer's taste." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The interior of the 2014 Porsche 911 feels familiar, with round gauges, an ignition placed left of the steering wheel, lush materials throughout and, of course, rear seats sized for little more than whisking Frodo to the shire." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "It strikes a great balance between sports-car purposeful and country-club opulence. Materials quality is top notch, with high-grade leather and beautifully textured plastics. Assembly quality on the models we've tested has been superb." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Seating

Most 2016 Porsche 911 models seat four, except for the GT3, which seats two. The 911 comes standard with partial leather upholstery and four-way power-adjustable front sport seats. Available features include full leather upholstery, 14- or 18-way power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and upgraded front sport seats with more side bolstering.

The Porsche 911's front seats have firm cushions, but they're quite supportive, and they offer plenty of head- and legroom. The 911's rear seats are too small to fit adults comfortably, which is a common issue in sports coupes.

  • "As expected of Porsche, the 911 offers ample headroom and legroom in its snug front seats. Those seats can be specified in a few different forms, with varying degrees of adjustability and lateral bolstering, but even the base chairs provide superb support for both long-distance and enthusiastic driving." -- Edmunds
  • The 911's tiny rear seats are suitable for only the briefest of trips with adults." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Once you're situated, headroom and legroom are just fine, even for the very tall. The seats are quite firm, but supportive in every way they need to be." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "[T]he 911's famously unusable rear seats remain famously unusable. At least for human-sized beings." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Porsche 911 include dual-zone automatic climate control and the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system (PCM), which includes a 7-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker audio system, navigation, Bluetooth and a USB port. Cabriolet models come standard with a power-operated fabric convertible top, while Targa models feature a smaller power-retractable fabric roof panel.

Available features in the 2016 Porsche 911 include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic pre-collision braking, a 12-speaker Bose or Burmester sound system, satellite and HD Radio, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and a sunroof on coupe models.

The 911's infotainment system features a mix of physical buttons and touch-screen controls. They're user-friendly, for the most part, though changing radio and navigation settings can be somewhat difficult at first. The 911's Burmester stereo has stellar sound quality. The Cabriolet's convertible top can be raised and lowered quickly while driving at low speeds.

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  • "Navigation, smartphone and audio functions are easily accessed and operated through both the touchscreen interface and the numerous physical buttons that line the elevated center console, and there's also a handy stalk on the steering column that acts as a redundant multifunction controller." -- Edmunds
  • "I have to give major props to the Burmester audio system. It's a pricey option, but this is a stellar-sounding system and is easily one of the best ones I've come across in a car." -- AutoWeek (2013)
  • The central touchscreen absorbs most audio functions, with decent results. The buttons that are there are logically arranged, but some testers had difficulty understanding even basic radio controls. Owners would likely acclimate quickly though. The navigation system is harder to program than necessary." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The ability to raise or lower the top in 13 seconds, even while traveling at low speeds, means finding shelter from the cold and the rain at an intersection or stoplight is effortless." -- Road and Track (2013)

Cargo

Because its engine is mounted in the back, the 2016 Porsche 911 does not have a traditional rear trunk. Instead, it comes with a front trunk that offers 4.76 cubic feet of space, which is small for the class.

While sports cars like the Chevrolet Corvette offer more cargo capacity, the 911's front trunk is deep and has enough space for a few duffle bags or a trip to the grocery store. You can also store items in the back seats, which fold down to make a flat shelf. Some reviewers complain that there are limited storage spaces for small items around the front seats, adding that the center console and door pockets don't offer much room.

  • "[I]n our year-long test of a 911 Cabriolet, we generally found that it holds more stuff than you think it might. Also, unlike with other convertibles, that front trunk means that you don't lose any cargo space versus the coupe version." -- Edmunds
  • The 911's front trunk offers a modest 4.7 cubic feet of cargo space but that can be supplemented by an optional roof-rack system and rear seats that fold down individually to create a parcel shelf." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "For trunk space, the 911 maintains its classic 'frunk,' meaning that whatever doesn't fit in your backseat must find a home in the front boot of the car. Don't be too concerned, though, because there's plenty of room for a big trip to the grocery store or a small trip to Home Depot." -- AutoTrader (2013)
  • The front cargo area is deep from top to bottom but not front to back. It can hold a week's worth of groceries or a couple pieces of soft luggage. This is where the folding rear seat backs can come in handy. Interior storage is very poor. The center console and expanding door pockets offer only minimal space." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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