The amount of electric adjustment in the driver’s seat in your Cayman will depend on how much you're willing to pay. The standard seats come with a handle for manually sliding the seat back and forth and a button for electrically adjusting the angle of the backrest. You can add fully 14-way electrically adjustable seats or sports seats, but all versions offer a good level of support and hold you firmly in place when cornering. Adding the optional Sports Plus seats, or the race-style Sport Bucket seats, isn’t really necessary unless you plan to take your Cayman on a track.
The pedals are perfectly positioned and the upright dashboard is where you’ll find all the buttons and switches for controlling the major functions. It can be a little confusing at first, but once you’ve learnt to navigate the controls it is easy enough to use – even when you’re on the move.
Porsche Cayman visibility
Sport cars are notoriously hard to see out of, with thick pillars, small rear windows and a low driving position, but the Cayman is better than many. It’s easy to judge the width of the car, and, while the rear screen is small, it still gives a good view of what’s behind.
Parking sensors are available as an option, with the choice of rear parking sensors on their own, all-round parking sensors or a pack that includes a reversing camera mounted at the back of the car. We’d strongly recommend adding at least rear parking sensors, partly to help prevent clumsy (and expensive) parking dings but also to make your Cayman easier to sell on in the future.
Porsche Cayman infotainment
The Cayman is only average in this area – not just because of the usability of its infotainment system, but because you have to fork out for kit that should really come as standard. Just adding sat-nav to the standard 7.0in touchscreen costs four figures, although that does also bring Bluetooth. A DAB radio and voice control also cost a sizeable sum.
On the plus side, the touchscreen is within easy reach, is quick to respond to your inputs, and is logically laid out with shortcut buttons to help you find each major function. However, rivals' systems, such as MMI in the Audi TT, are simpler to use, thanks to a rotary dial that makes it easier to navigate the menus on the move.
There are no audio controls on the steering wheel unless (you guessed it) you pay extra, and, of course, you can pay to upgrade to a high-end audio system if the standard six-speaker system won’t do it for you.
Porsche Cayman build quality
Porsche has a reputation for building luxurious interiors – and although the Cayman is the cheapest car in the German brand’s line-up, it doesn’t let the side down. As standard you get solid, high-quality switchgear and well-damped buttons. Everything feels like it has been tightly screwed together and almost everything you touch in the interior is covered in dense, soft touch materials. Genuine leather seats will cost you extra, though.
Spend a bit extra, and you can have a leather-covered dash and door panels, or pay even more for Alcantara or wood finishes. Even without these fripperies the Cayman exudes quality, and feels a bit more special to sit in than cheaper rivals, including the more expensive Jaguar F-Type Coupe. It isn’t quite as classy inside as an Audi TT, though.