Porsche 718 Cayman review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The Porsche 718 Cayman is a two-seat sports car, and as a result doesn’t benefit from particularly practical packaging
Few people buy a Porsche Cayman for its practicality, but that’s not to say it’s totally devoid of any handy storage solutions.
There’s only one body style to choose from – unless you go for the convertible Boxster model, which uses the same platform, engines and gearboxes. The Cayman coupe sits beneath the 911 sports car and only offers seating for two. There are a couple of neat touches though – including folding cupholders and a small shelf behind the engine compartment, plus a big storage space in the nose.
Porsche claims 425-litres of load space, but it’s no family hatchback – this is split between the front and rear boots, so you’ll have to pack practically rather than lavishly if you want to take your Cayman for a week away. That said, the driving position is comfortable and there’s loads of adjustment in the seat. The ride is compliant too, and if you avoid the very largest wheels, you’ll find the Cayman offers decent long-distance refinement.
The Porsche Cayman is quite a compact sports car, meaning its footprint is easy to manage and plausible to park. At 4,379mm long and 1,801mm wide, it’s exactly the same size as the 718 Boxster, and 89mm shorter than a BMW M2. Its squat shape gives it a low centre of gravity but means you’re lower to the road, so the view out is less extensive than in a performance hatchback.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
Given its two-seat layout, few people will buy a Cayman to keep their passengers happy. However, there is a decent amount of head and shoulder room, while also offering plenty of adjustment to get comfortable.
Speaking of which, even the standard-fit sports seats come with suitable support, but those with a healthier budget can opt for the firmer Sports Bucket Seats. We’ve not tried them on a test car, but as the standard set-up is so accomplished, we’d suggest thinking twice before spending the £2,300 required to fit them.
As the Cayman is mid-engined, the main storage areas are split between the front and rear of the car. There is a small shelf behind the seats, and a deeper well behind the engine, but it doesn’t offer much more than space for a squashy bag. Up front, there’s another boot, but don’t think your Porsche Cayman will rival a VW Golf when you have the proceeds of a lengthy walk around Ikea to get home.
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 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 space - currently readingThe 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