Other than the fact that the roof sometimes disappears, there’s nothing radically different about the Ferrari California’s cabin compared with other Ferraris.

Technically this is a 2+2, although as with most +2 seating types, the rears are strictly for small children or very short hops only. A luggage shelf can be specified instead but, either way, two flaps fold down to allow longer loads to creep through from the boot (the release catches are inside the boot, to aid security).

The driving position in the California is excellent

The front seats and the cabin layout are otherwise pretty standard Ferrari stuff, save for an electronic handbrake and a swooping central beam featuring the roof and gearbox controls. But the dials, major controls and layout will be familiar to current Ferrari owners. 

Materials quality is generally good, as is the ergonomic layout. To pick faults, you’re looking at small details: the analogue speedo is hard to read (although the LCD display in the binnacle is excellent) and some of the plastics on smaller switches such as the mirror adjusters could be improved. They don’t, though, significantly detract from what is an attractive and functional interior. 

The driving position is beyond serious criticism too; some of the optional seat surfacing is questionable, but there’s plenty of adjustment, the footwell is roomy, there’s no discernible offset and the steering wheel adjusts widely.

Boot volume drops from 340 litres to a still useful 240 litres with the roof down, but it would be all but inaccessible were it not for a boot that opens all the way down to the bumper.

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