Porsche 718 Cayman review - Reliability and Safety
Porsche tends to fare well when it comes to reliability and safety, but those high star ratings don’t come cheap
Porsche has enjoyed deep praise from owners in several of our Driver Power owner satisfaction surveys. The current 718 Cayman and Boxster haven’t featured, but we expect reliability to be strong for these cars, although of course they are likely to go through consumables faster than the average car, especially if you use the car's performance on a regular basis.
As a manufacturer, Porsche tends to finish high in the rankings when we get enough owners for it to participate in our Driver Power polls. It usually finishes well ahead of BMW, Audi and Mercedes, while jostling with Jaguar in the placings. As you can imagine, owners pointed at high costs as an issue – although hopefully the more economical four-cylinder engine in the Cayman will go some way to remedy that.
Due to the niche nature of the 718 range, Euro NCAP won't conduct its independent crash tests on the coupe. It does come loaded with airbags and safety kit, but adaptive cruise control is a pricey £1,094 option.
Every Porsche comes with a three-year unlimited mileage warranty, which actually trumps sister-brand Audi’s three-year/60,000-mile guarantee. As with rivals, you can pay to extend your Cayman’s warranty with a variety of plans stretching long into the future.
Porsche tends to fare quite well for owner satisfaction, although two-year service intervals mean that hopefully you won't need to visit a Porsche centre that often. And with only a handful of Porsche Centres across the UK, that at least means you won't have to make the potentially long trip all that often.
When the time does come to look after your Cayman it won’t be cheap, though, as a minor service can cost around £500. A major service is even more of a sting, with prices of about £620. A simple brake fluid change will cost about £100.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe entry-level Porsche coupe is no poor-man's choice, as it's arguably more exploitable than the firm's faster models
- 2Engines, performance and drivePorsche offers a mix of four- and six-cylinder engines, helping ensure the 718 Cayman is a great car to drive in all its guises
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe benefit of a turbocharger is better fuel economy and lower emissions – although you still have the full-fat, six-cylinder option
- 4Interior, design and technologyLike all Porsches, the 718 Cayman is beautifully built – but be careful with the options list as kit is stingy and costs can spiral
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Porsche 718 Cayman is a two-seat sports car, and as a result doesn’t benefit from particularly practical packaging
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingPorsche tends to fare well when it comes to reliability and safety, but those high star ratings don’t come cheap