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.
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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.
In this review
- 1Porsche 718 Cayman reviewThe 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 technology - currently readingLike 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 SafetyPorsche tends to fare well when it comes to reliability and safety, but those high star ratings don’t come cheap