Space & practicality

Porsche 718 Cayman review

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Porsche 718 Cayman
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22 Sep 2016 12:05 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 14:41

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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

Porsche Cayman coupe front space

Despite having its engine mounted in the middle of the car, the 718 Cayman offers more than enough room to accommodate tall drivers. It’s also wide enough to ensure that you’re never brushing elbows with whoever's sitting next to you.

Storage is more of an issue. There's a decently sized glovebox, a couple of cupholders and several cubbies, including two in the doors and one in the centre armrest that are all big enough for a mobile phone. Otherwise, the door pockets are shallow, tricky to access and certainly not big enough for something chunky such as a bottle of water.

Porsche Cayman coupe rear space

Probably the biggest disadvantage of the mid-engined layout is that there’s nothing but bulkhead behind the front seats. Some two-seaters offer cubbies or luggage nets to stow loose items, while some rivals, such as the Audi TT, even have small rear seats.

If you’re not the tallest of drivers, then you will find a small gap behind the seats that you can slide maps or slim guidebooks into. Pull the handle on the headrest and the backrest folds forward, revealing hooks on the back on the seat to hang jackets on. If you’re tall, you’ll probably have to put your jacket in the boot.

Porsche 718 Cayman

Porsche Cayman coupe seating flexibility

Apart from having an electrically adjustable backrest as standard, the Cayman’s seats don’t do anything special to set them apart from those of rivals. Sliding them forward and backwards is just a matter of shifting your weight around and the passenger seat has the same range of adjustment as the driver's, so there shouldn’t be complaints from the other side. There’s a small lever on the headrests to fold the seat forward, while fully electric seats are available as an option.

Porsche Cayman coupe boot space

The Cayman has a choice of two boots to stow your bags: one in the nose, between the headlights, and the other in the usual place at the back of the car. While neither offers a massive amount of space, combined there’s plenty of room to carry a few soft weekend bags, a pair of small suitcases or a weekly shop. Forget about golf clubs, though – you’ll have to choose between them or a passenger.

If you need to carry anything bulky or long, a TT is a much more practical alternative.

 

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CAYMAN
Entry-level Caymans come with a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, air-con, xenon headlights, LED running lights, 18in alloy wheels, part-electric seat adjustment, part-Alcantara upholstery and a 7.0in...View trim
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This S model gets the more powerful 2.5-litre petrol engine, 19in wheels, a part-leather interior and sports seats, plus extra styling details over the regular Cayman. You'll still need to add plen...View trim
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If you were thinking of buying a highly specified Cayman, then the top-of-the-range GTS model makes some sense. You get a bit more power, plus a limited-slip differential, adaptive dampers, a sport...View trim
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