What are they like inside?
Slide behind the wheel of the Porsche Cayman or Jaguar F-Type and you instantly feel like you’re in a proper sports car, largely because you sit close to the ground with a chunky centre console fencing you off from your passenger. In the BMW M2, you could almost be sitting in a 1 Series if it weren’t for the carbonfibre trim on the dashboard and blue stitching on the seats and gear lever surround.
That said, the M2 has the most logically arranged dash and the best all-round visibility. Its seats are more comfortable and supportive than the F-Type’s, too, and while the Cayman’s impress even more for side support, our test Porsche was kitted out with £2226 bucket seats. These only slide back and forth (not up and down), so aren’t ideal if you’re tall or short. They’re also quite light on padding, so we’d recommend avoiding them if you regularly do long journeys.
The Cayman has the classiest interior by some margin. There are more upmarket materials in more places and everything feels that little bit better bolted together. That’s not to say the others feel overly cheap inside, but their interiors push what’s acceptable for sports cars costing this much.
You don’t buy a sports car for its family-carrying credentials, but if you have one eye on practicality the M2 is easily your best bet. For starters, it’s the only one with rear seats, and they’re big enough for small kids, although anyone more than 5ft 5in tall will be begging to sit in the front. The M2 also has the biggest boot, with enough room for a couple of suitcases or sets of golf clubs. You can even fold down the rear seats (by pulling handles in the boot) for impromptu trips to Ikea.
The F-Type’s boot is far shallower than the M2’s, but it should still take a small set of golf clubs, whereas there’s no chance in the Cayman. The latter has two small load bays, so you can still do a weekly food shop, although you’ll probably have to snap your baguette in half.
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