Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
Despite having its engine mounted in the middle of the car, the Cayman has more than enough room to accommodate a couple of taller folks. Head room is especially good and leg room is also fine, but only if you keep the backrest angle quite upright – if it's reclined, the seat hits the bulkhead behind before it reaches the full extension of the seat runners. The interior is also wide enough to ensure that you never brush elbows with whoever's sitting next to you.
There's a lot more storage space than there is in an A110. This includes a decent-sized glovebox, a couple of cupholders and several other cubbies, including one in the centre armrest big enough for a mobile phone. Otherwise, the door pockets are shallow, tricky to access and certainly not big enough for something chunky, like a bottle of water.
Probably the biggest disadvantage of the Cayman's mid-engined layout is that there’s nothing but bulkhead behind the front seats. The Audi TT has small rear seats that you can use, but the Cayman just has a couple of cubbies with sliding lids next to the rear quarter windows.
If you’re not the tallest of drivers you can eke out a small gap behind the seats into which you can slide maps, if you still use such things. There are also hooks on the back of the seats to hang jackets on.
Seat folding and flexibility
Aside from having an electrically adjustable backrest as standard, the Cayman’s seats don’t do anything to set them apart. You can add 14-way electric adjustment that includes lumbar support, or 18-way seats that also feature adjustable side bolsters.
The Cayman gives you a choice of two boots in which to stow your bags: one in the nose and the other in the usual place, at the back of the car. While neither offers a massive amount of space the front boot is deep and square while the rear compartment is shallower but wider.
In total, they offer a tad more space than you get in the Toyota Supra and give you far more luggage room to play with than the Alpine A110 or Jaguar F-Type. There's certainly enough space for a few soft weekend bags or a weekly shop, and we fitted four carry-on suitcases front and rear in our test. Forget about carrying golf clubs, though – you’ll have to choose between those or a passenger.
If you need to carry anything bulky or long, the Audi TT is a much more practical alternative.
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