DRIVETRIBE is the newest, most exciting destination for car enthusiasts around the globe, which is exactly why I’ve decided to bestow a thrilling article on gloveboxes upon its adrenaline-seeking readers. In all fairness though, this one is for the guys and girls who would much sooner identify with James May before Clarkson or Hammond. Here’s why a glovebox can be genuinely interesting.
A glovebox is more of a balancing act than it is a feat of design or engineering. It’s essentially a small cabinet that makes use of otherwise purposeless space. Make it as large as possible, and your passenger will be left without much room or circulation in the legs. Make it tiny, and there’s manuals, books, maps, restaurant guides, and all sorts of odds and ends that clutter up the cabin. As simple as a glovebox might seem, it’s really something that can’t be left unattended to.
Some manufacturers make their gloveboxes proportionate to the size of the vehicle. A small car gets a small glovebox, which makes sense until the vehicle’s manual ends up being as many pages as War and Peace, all because the size of each page is about the same as a dead leaf. Making it too big would look unpleasant though. Truth be told, there is no clear-cut definition of a perfect glovebox, but I think each one of us have a vague idea of what we’d like best. We just need to spend half a second caring about it. After that, we can happily go back to talking about Nürburgring lap times and aftermarket exhausts.