When we bought our 2009 Cayenne one of the first things I did was to protect the outside of it with a clear bra. This turned out to be a great investment and my only regret is that I didn't do something to protect the inside of my Porsche at the same time. You see, we split our time between Maine, Florida and a little barrier island off the coast of Massachusetts. Each one of these locations offers something unique in the way of dirtying the caramel interior of my Porsche (sand, mud, salt and slush). After nearly two years of stepping in and out of my Cayenne, the front mats were in pretty poor shape. With the weather turning colder and snow on the horizon I knew I needed to start thinking about Porsche winter floor mats and do something before things got any worse.
After looking around on the web I found a number of choices for Porsche Winter Floor Mats
- SuncoastParts.com (this is where we buy almost all of our parts and accessories) had a couple of choices including a relatively inexpensive set of rubber floor mats ($92.95) as well as a complete set (front and rear) of fitted and branded heavy duty Porsche floor mats ($129.95).
- Then there was AutoAnything.com. They have a huge selection and routinely run sales where you can save big bucks on Floor Mats on top brands like Husky Liners, CatchAll, Hexomat and more! What's nice about AutoAnything.com, is the selection (pricing ranges from $25 a set to over $100).
- Lastly, I looked at WeatherTech mats. They offered two choices: 1. The WeatherTech® all-weather floor mats designed to keep your vehicle floors clean and clear of rain, snow, mud and debris. but may require some cutting (in the rear to get the right fit) ($99.95). And, 2. The DigitalFitTM FloorLinersTM which are custom cut to fit your Porsche perfectly right out of the box and offer even more protection that the "all weather mats". ($179.90)
What We Chose and Why
I wanted to buy the branded, heavy duty mats from SuncoastParts.com. Not only are they a sponsor of our site, but it's where we buy almost all our parts (for all three of our Porsches) and they always provide us with great service. Unfortunately, this one time, they simply didn't have the color I wanted available (I wanted to closely match our interior color vs. offset it) and I couldn't wait due to impending snow fall.
I considered the selection from AutoAnything.com (as they were by far the cheapest) but in the end I felt you really do get what you pay for. While some of their offerings were decent, none seemed to be a true custom fit and perhaps more importantly, none of them used our factory hardware to snap down. If this isn't a concern and you're cost conscious, they do have some good, inexpensive choices.
So, after careful consideration I ended up ordering the DigitalFitTM FloorLinersTM from WeatherTech (pictures above). While more expensive than their all-weather floor mats, the Digital Fit mats are custom cut to match the shape of my Cayenne and they used the factory floor snaps to stay in place. Even better, I already had a WeatherTech® Cargo Liner in the back of the Cayenne, so now everything matches.
Final Thoughts on our New Porsche Winter Floor Mats
When my new mats arrived all I needed to do was take them out of the box and snap them into place. For the front mats you must remove your carpets in order to install the WeatherTech mats. Not only does this ensure you won't further stain your Porsche mats, but you can use the those factory clips (in the Cayenne they're round snaps) to hold the mats in place. While they recommend you remove your carpets in back too, I found that the WeatherTech mats were simply too short (see picture in gallery of rear seat. Notice how the new rubber mat stops well short of covering the original mat?). They fit the floor space in the back of the Cayenne perfectly, but they didn't run under the back of the front seat the way the carpet does. After looking at pictures of all the various offerings, it seems this is a shortfall for any selection. As the rear mats don't snap in, I opted to keep my carpets in place to further protect the floors in the event that any of my long legged friends decide to stretch their dirty shoes beyond the reach of the new Porsche winter floor mats.
One last thing to note. WeatherTech calls the color I ordered Tan. However, as you can see in the pictures, and like my cargo liner in the back, it's more of a dark beige than anything else. It sill looks better than an even darker color like grey or black, but it's definitely darker than it appears on the WeatherTech site.
Do you run Winter Floor Mats in Your Porsche
What about you? Do you use Porsche winter floor mats? It doesn't matter if you drive a Cayenne or drive your 911, Boxster, Cayman, etc. year round. Any model can benefit from the protection these custom fit rubber mats afford.