Porsche 718 Cayman review

Interior

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Porsche 718 Cayman
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Driving position and dashboard

The amount of electric adjustment in the driver’s seat in your 718 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 Seats Plus (standard on GTS models), or the race-style sports 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 learned to navigate the controls it is easy enough to use – even when you’re on the move.

Visibility, parking sensors and cameras

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. You can choose rear parking sensors on their own, all-round parking sensors or have these as part of a pack that includes a rear-view camera as well. 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 bi-xenon headlights offer decent illumination. You can upgrade these to ones that follow the direction of steering to help you see through bends, or you can go a stage further and opt for the even brighter adaptive LED headlights.

Porsche 718 Cayman

Sat nav and infotainment

As standard, you get a relatively crisp-looking 7.0in touchscreen, complete with Bluetooth, a DAB radio and sat-nav. It also comes equipped with Apple CarPlay, so you can mirror your iPhone to the screen. 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 MMI, for instance, is easier to operate on the move, thanks to its rotary-dial controller.

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 course, you can pay to upgrade to higher-end versions; the first option is a relatively affordable Bose system with 10 speakers and 505W, while the second is a pretty pricey 12-speaker, 821W Burmester unit.

Quality

Porsche has a reputation for building luxurious interiors and, although it is the cheapest car in the German brand’s line-up, 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. Genuine leather trim will cost you extra, though.

Spend even more and you can have a leather-covered dash and door panels, or go to town with additonal Alcantara or wood finishes. But even without these fripperies, the Cayman exudes quality and feels more special to sit in than its rivals, including the more expensive Jaguar F-Type Coupé. That said, it isn’t quite as classy inside as the TT.

 

Porsche 718 Cayman
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