The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
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. If you want adjustable lumbar support, you'll need to order the optional 14-way electric Sports seats, or the 18-way Sports Seats Plus, which include adjustable side bolsters.
There's also the option of racing-style bucket seats, although these have fixed backrests and are a little on the firm side – be warned if you're planning to use your car daily.
The rest of the driving position is spot-on; the pedals are positioned perfectly and the steering wheel has lots of adjustment. Even the buttons on the dashboard are easy to get to grips with; they may look a little confusing at first but you quickly learn to find them by feel while driving.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
Sports cars are notoriously hard to see out of, with thick pillars, small rear windows and a low-slung 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. You can choose rear parking sensors on their own, all-round parking sensors or the latter as part of a pack that also includes a rear-view camera. 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.
At night, the standard xenon headlights offer decent illumination. You can upgrade these to ones that follow the direction of steering to help you see better through bends, or go a stage further and opt for the adaptive LED headlights, which can be left on main beam without dazzling other drivers.
Sat nav and infotainment
As standard, you get a relatively crisp-looking 7.0in touchscreen, complete with Bluetooth, a DAB radio and sat-nav. You also get Apple CarPlay, allowing you to mirror your iPhone to the screen, but not Android Auto. If you subscribe to a data package, you can also make use of on-board wi-fi and music streaming.
The touchscreen is within easy reach, quick to respond to your inputs and the menus are reasonably logically laid out, with shortcut buttons to help you find the major functions. However, some rivals' systems are better; the Audi TT's, for instance, is easier to operate on the move thanks to its rotary controller, as is the BMW Z4's and Toyota Supra's iDrive system. The Alpine A110, on the other hand, has a dreadful infotainment system.
There are no audio controls on the steering wheel unless (you guessed it) you pay extra, and the standard stereo is a comparatively low-spec system with eight speakers and 150W of power. Of course, you can pay to upgrade; the first option is a relatively affordable Bose system with 10 speakers and 505W, which sounds good and is worth the extra if you're into your tunes. The second is the stupidly pricey 12-speaker, 821W Burmester setup.
Porsche has a reputation for building smart interiors and, although it's not quite up to 911 standards, the Cayman doesn’t let the side down. As standard, you get solid, high-quality buttons and switches, and everything feels like it has been tightly screwed together. Plus, almost everything you touch in the interior is covered in dense, soft-touch materials.
You can choose to have full-leather seats, a leather-covered dashboard and door panels, or go to town with additional faux-suede or wood finishes. Even without these fripperies, the Cayman feels far more special to sit in than an Alpine A110 and at least on a par with the more expensive Jaguar F-Type.
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