Our review of the Porsche 718 Cayman revealed a cabin that does nothing to detract from the driving experience. This means that all major controls are perfectly positioned, the driving position is spot-on, and the classic Porsche dials don't make us miss the more showy full digital instrument displays of some rivals. The general design is functional but it looks a bit dreary now, and although fit and finish are good, the Audi TT has the edge in this department. Porsche improved equipment levels last year, making automatic dual-zone climate control and heated seats standard. However, driver aids like adaptive cruise control and lane change assist remain added-cost options. At least front/rear parking sensors, regular cruise control, and auto-dimming mirrors are standard.
Unlike the 911, the smaller Cayman seats just the driver and one passenger. There is sufficient head- and legroom for both, and although the Cayman isn't a big car, there is also enough width to the cabin. The driving position is a highlight, with plenty of adjustability in the steering column, electric adjustment of the seat backrest angle, and manual adjustment of the seat height and the fore/aft position. As sports cars go, the Cayman offers above-average visibility from the driver's seat. Other than needing to stoop down a bit lower to get in and out relative to the average sedan, the Cayman isn't a chore to live with on a daily basis.
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The base Cayman comes with a Black or Agate Grey cabin with partial leather sport seats. The gear lever and steering wheel are leather-wrapped as standard. Numerous upgrades are on offer, starting with leather Sport Seats Plus in the same colors for an extra $810. The standard interior with the leather package avails color combinations like Black/Luxor Beige and Black/Bordeaux Red, while full leather seats start from $2,330. The priciest upgrade is natural leather in Espresso or Espresso/Cognac, both of which cost over $4,000. Customers can also opt for 18-way adaptive sport seats with memory. On the Cayman T, a black interior with Sport-Tex seat centers is standard, but an extra $2,160 can equip one of four 718 T interior packs adding bright trim and seat stitching in shades like Guards Red and Lizard Green. Full lightweight bucket seats in carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic are optional. On the GTS 4.0, black leather seats with either leather or Race-Tex seat centers are standard, with a similarly wide range of upgrades available as on other trims. Porsche will also let you cover the dashboard, door panels, and even the steering column casing in leather, while brushed aluminum and carbon fiber can be used to dress up some or most of the interior.
The Cayman can accommodate a reasonable amount of luggage between its front/rear cargo compartments. In front, there is 5.2 cubic feet of cargo space, while the rear compartment measures a more spacious 9.7 cubes. That combines for a total of 14.9 cubes, a number on par with many sedans. However, because this number is split between two areas, bigger items can't be accommodated as easily as they would in a sedan. For instance, a set of golf clubs won't fit in the rear luggage area due to its awkward shape.
Interior storage space leaves something to be desired as well. Yes, you get two cupholders and a reasonably sized glovebox, but the shallow door pockets are both too small and inconvenient to access.
Automatic dual-zone climate control, heated seats, and auto-dimming mirrors with a rain sensor are included as standard. The same goes for bi-xenon headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System. Other standard items include electric seat-height adjustment, front/rear parking sensors, cruise control, a rearview camera, a programmable garage door opener, and a 4.6-inch TFT display within the instrument cluster. A lengthy options list can equip the Cayman with 18-way power-adjustable sport seats with memory, lane-change assist, adaptive cruise control, a heated steering wheel, ventilated seats, and more.
The Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system comprises a seven-inch color touchscreen. Although we found it logical to use and fairly quick to respond to inputs on our test drive, the screen is now decidedly undersized when ten-inch (or larger) screens are becoming the norm in the competition. Last year, Porsche made Apple CarPlay standard, although it's not of the wireless variety, and Android Auto remains absent entirely. You also get Siri, SiriusXM satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, two USB slots, and two slots for an SD card. An old-school CD/DVD drive is fitted by default along with 11-GB internal jukebox storage, while the standard sound system is an eight-speaker unit with 150 watts of power. Navigation is an optional extra, as are two sound system upgrades: a ten-speaker Bose unit or a 12-speaker Burmester high-end surround sound system.