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Porsche 718 Cayman review - Interior, design and technology

Like all Porsches, the 718 Cayman is beautifully built – but be careful with the options list as kit is stingy and costs can spiral

The interior of the Porsche 718 Cayman is right up there with the best cars in its class. It’s made a recognisable jump forward, and the welcome changes include a cleaner dash and infotainment design – complemented by fewer buttons and a clearer screen with high-quality graphics. 

Quality is exceptional and all the materials feel solid yet soft to touch. The entry-level car comes with Alcantara sports seats but you can replace these with full-leather buckets or lightweight racing seats if you desire. Cabin storage is at a premium, but neat tricks like the folding cupholders above the glovebox are well integrated into what is an otherwise clean and minimalist design. 

The dials are typical Porsche – with a large central rev counter and prominent digital speed readout sitting right in your line of sight. The right-hand dial is configurable and allows you to handily scroll through the car’s functions such as trip computer, nav display and media interface. It’s all nicely high-res, too, so doesn’t feel like a cheap and nasty afterthought.

Of course, you can customise your Cayman until the cows come home, with a variety of special colours, materials and options to make the driving experience even more focused. One of our test cars actually came with fabric seats, which is a bizarre £2,000+ option that does little to add to the Cayman’s already luxurious feel. The Sport Design Package boasts sportier bumpers and trim, while you can paint everything from the door handles to the headlight cleaning system in high-gloss black. If you want your key painted the same colour as your car, that’ll cost about £250.

GTS cars look more aggressive, with huge 20-inch wheels and subtle GTS badging. Dark tinted lights are standard, too.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

Porsche now includes sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and a digital radio as standard on the entry-level Cayman, as well as ‘Porsche Car Connect’, a subscription-based vehicle tracking system.

The infotainment set-up is clear and easy to use, with plenty of functionality and quality graphics. The premium Bose sound system is a box worth ticking, offering much more value for money than the hugely expensive Burmester option.

Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    2.0 2dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £44,790

Most Economical

  • Name
    2.0 2dr PDK
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £46,790

Fastest

  • Name
    4.0 GT4 2dr PDK
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £77,780

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