Is the Corvette’s Interior on Par With Porsche?
For Similar Money, Does a Porsche Cayman or Boxster Still Win the Interior Battle?
Since time immemorial, the Corvette has been maligned for its typically GM interior — notably hard plastics, uncomfortable seats, and an utter lack of tech. With the C7 nearing the end of its life-cycle, has GM finally caught up to the world’s standards of sports car interiors?
Corvette Forum member “OrioleFan” posited just such a question. He wonders how a C7 might stack up to a new Porsche Boxster or Cayman, considering they’re all at or around the $60,000 price point.
Having spent a lot of time in both Corvettes and Porsches, we can reasonably conclude that a Corvette, especially one with the 3LT spec interior, is pretty on par with an entry-level Porsche. There are, however, a few minor things that still make a difference when comparing the two.
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Switchgear in current Corvettes is shared with often much less expensive GM products. Their solid clickiness is still a touch-point where Porsche wins out. Similarly, the seat belt receptacles on a Corvette feel like lower quality. But the leathers and the ergonomics of the C7 have drastically improved since the days of the C4.
It is worth noting that C5 interiors made a bit of a leap forward. And Porsche really reduced the quality of their interiors in the 986/996-generation Boxster and 911 of the late 1990s and early 2000s. It is probably safe at this point to conclude that Corvette interiors were better than Porsche interiors during the C5 era.
Honestly though, the best thing to do if you want to know which current interior you prefer is to drive both cars back to back. If you find something you find annoying on a test drive, it is likely to crop up over and over as an issue if you were to purchase the car. Trust your gut, go with what you like.