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2020 Porsche 911 Interior Review

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Interior: 7.8

The redesigned 2020 Porsche 911 has a quiet interior, even in convertible models with the top up. The cabin is stylish and looks modern while also paying homage to previous 911 generations. However, some critics say that there are a few more hard plastics than you might expect from a car at this price point.

The front seats are superb, providing plenty of comfort and support. The rear seats are virtually useless for carrying people, but they offer some handy additional storage space. That's a good thing, since the trunk is tiny. The 911 has plenty of standard and available features, including a generally user-friendly infotainment system and lots of driver assistance technology.

  • "Take a seat behind the wheel and the new interior design is pleasing overall; the more time we spent in the car, the more we liked it. A new, customizable-in-color-and-trim dashboard is notable for being influenced by earlier 911s, featuring what Porsche designers refer to as a dash 'wing' extending across the cabin from the driver's side to the passenger's side." -- Automobile Magazine
  • A few plastic pieces strike us as shinier than they should be in a car this pricey, but Porsche will happily cover anything in leather for a fee." -- Car and Driver
  • "Overall, the layout is clean and the standard materials are first-rate -- keep in mind that Porsche's options list is extensive, meaning customers may choose from dozens of leather colors, real wood, painted trim and carbon fiber to appoint the cabin." -- Autotrader

Seating

The 911 seats four in coupe and convertible models and comes standard with leather upholstery, sport seats, and heated front seats. Power-adjustable sport seats, ventilated front seats, a sport steering wheel, and a heated steering wheel are available.

The front seats have plenty of bolstering to keep you in place during spirited driving, but they also offer high levels of comfort and support. The same can't be said for the rear seats, which are too small to hold anyone comfortably. They do make a nice supplement to the small front trunk, however.

  • "The redesigned front seats are impressively supportive (the rear seats are best for small kids or groceries) and ergonomics are commendable." -- Autotrader
  • "First thing you'll notice is the new seats – they grip well without suffocating you. There is lateral grip, as you'll find out almost immediately, but you'll find there is still plenty of comfort for a day-long drive." -- Autoweek
  • "And the back seats are horrific for any adult over 5'2", but they are great for luggage or groceries." -- Jalopnik

Interior Features

Standard features in the 911 S include dual-zone automatic climate control and the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system with a 10.9-inch touch screen, navigation, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and Radio Plus, which gives your 911 access to internet radio, so your favorite radio station is always available if they have an online channel. Cabriolet models feature a soft top that can open and close in just 12 seconds and at speeds of up to 31 mph.

Available features include a sunroof (available in steel or glass), a 12-speaker Bose audio system, a 13-speaker Burmester audio system, and the Porsche Track Precision app, which lets you record, display, and analyze driving data obtained on closed courses on a smartphone.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking.

Available active safety features include night vision assist, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane change assist, traffic sign recognition, and a surround-view camera.

In addition to the touch screen, the PCM system uses a few physical controls scattered about the dash. It also recognizes voice commands and handwriting, giving you plenty of options when inputting navigation destinations or anything else. The system works well, but a few settings are buried under multiple menu layers, which can get tiresome. The navigation system gives you access to all kinds of information, including fuel prices and whether nearby parking garages have any open spaces.

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  • "Switchgear has also been modified, pairing a simpler interface with a big 10.9-inch touchscreen and five knurled toggles that activate with satisfying clicks. Thankfully the 911 avoids the glass panel haptic setup in the Panamera, retaining the physical feeling of buttons and dials while avoiding the silliness of HVAC vents operated via an electronic menu. The big, analog tach remains (albeit subtly redesigned), flanked now by unobtrusive digital screens." -- Autoblog
  • Porsche has added a bigger infotainment display (10.9 inches) and moved it up to the top of the dash. The relocation is meant to make it easier to look at the screen while driving. Beneath it are five switches whose functions change depending on options. There's been a clear effort to reduce the number of buttons on the instrument panel, so some functions require diving into a submenu. Performing a 911 pre-flight checklist – setting the exhaust to loud, turning off stop-start, and so on – becomes a nuisance unless you save your ideal settings under the one customizable drive mode." -- Edmunds
  • Many of the hard buttons that dotted the center console have been replaced by touch-sensitive areas that give off a little vibration when you hit them. The goofy shifter looks like an electric razor, and on the dash in front of it are five toggle switches for operating stability control, the hazard lights, and equipment-specific features such as the optional front-end lift." -- Car and Driver

Cargo

As a rear-engine vehicle, the 911's trunk is in the front, leading some to refer to it as a "frunk." Whatever you want to call it, it provides 4.66 cubic feet of space in any body style, which is a paltry total, even for a luxury sports car.

You can get some extra room for your stuff by using the back seats as a cargo area, which should work out fine because they're too small for anyone but Frodo and Samwise. Coupe models' rear seats give you an extra 9.32 cubic feet of cargo space, while cabriolet (convertible) models' rear seats give you 5.75 cubic feet of room.

There's not much small-item storage in the cabin either, but the 911 does have nice cup holders.

  • Interior storage options are tight, with just enough room to accommodate a large phone in the center console and a few small personal items. We appreciate the addition of a real cupholder behind the gear selector, especially how you can remove it for a bigger cubby underneath." -- Edmunds
  • The spindly arm-cupholders are gone. In their place is a proper pop-out one for the front passenger and there's a hole in the center console for another." -- Jalopnik
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