2016 Porsche Cayman Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Porsche Cayman was new.


Interior: 8.0

The 2016 Porsche Cayman has a premium cabin with first-rate materials and supportive seats, according to reviewers. The center stack has numerous buttons, but they are sensibly laid out and make it easy to control various audio and climate functions. The Cayman has two trunks that should provide sufficient space for a weekend trip. Complaints include limited outward visibility and an unimpressive base stereo.

  • "The mid-engine 2016 Porsche Cayman coupe's cabin is sleek and upscale." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Cayman's snug interior has always been a defining trait. The sleek, high-mounted center console has become a prominent design feature across Porsche's model range, giving the modestly priced Cayman a bit of extra cachet. Throw in top-grade materials, high-tech displays and some striking color combinations … and you've got a genuinely premium product." -- Edmunds
  • "Detailing is upscale throughout, especially with the optional all-leather trim that covers the entire dash." -- MSN Autos (2014)


The 2016 Cayman seats two and comes standard with partial-leather upholstery. Seating options include 14- or 18-way power-adjustable seats, sport seats with additional side support, upgraded leather upholstery, heated seats, ventilated seats and a heated steering wheel.

The Cayman's seats offer excellent support, an ideal driving position, plenty of space and are comfortable for the long haul. You may find that the standard seats are plenty supportive, so you should try them out before springing for the sport seats. The Cayman has thick roof pillars and high windowsills, making outward visibility somewhat challenging.

  • "Gone is the claustrophobic feel of past Porsche cabin designs, replaced instead with ample headroom and a surprising amount of legroom for a segment not known for it. Ergonomics is outstanding, though outward visibility is quite limited due to the Cayman's high beltline and bulky C-pillar. The standard seats are supremely comfortable and supportive, and while the available sport seats further up the performance ante, we deem them nonessential." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "We usually don't consider small, low-slung coupes to be great partners for long-distance drives, but the Porsche Cayman fits that bill and then some." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "Snug sport seats keep the passengers in step with the fast-dancing chassis." -- Car and Driver (2014)
  • "The driving position is spot-on, the seats are comfy and they manage to provide lateral support without resorting to rib-crushing confinement." -- Edmunds (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Porsche Cayman include a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth and a 7-inch touch screen.

Major options include a nine-speaker audio system, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, a 12-speaker Burmester audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, a USB port, dual-zone automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system with navigation.

The Cayman's center stack is adorned with more buttons than many cars have these days, but they're arranged logically and make it easy to control various climate and infotainment settings. The base four-speaker audio system delivers underwhelming sound quality.

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  • "In true Porsche tradition, the sophisticated cockpit-style layout features a driver-focused dashboard and a myriad of easily accessible controls." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "… [M]inor gripes include a lackluster base audio system and a lack of interior storage space." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The instrument cluster, dash front and center console are busy with details both for styling and because Porsche thankfully gives quick access to many features with buttons and knobs instead of electronic interfaces." -- MSN Autos (2014)


Due to its midengine design, the 2016 Porsche Cayman has two trunks, one in the front and one in the rear. The front trunk has 5.3 cubic feet of cargo space and the rear trunk has 9.7 cubic feet.

Overall cargo capacity is good for the class, though rivals with a larger single cargo area, such as the Chevrolet Corvette coupe, may be better if you have bulky luggage. In-cabin storage for smaller items is also limited. Still, the Cayman offers plenty of space for two people on a weekend trip.

  • "Unsurprisingly, storage space is not a Cayman strong suit. There just aren't many storage nooks or cubbies that can accommodate your stuff, and the cupholders are flimsy. On the bright side, the midengine layout allows for two trunks." -- Edmunds
  • "One of the best features of the mid-engine layout is having two trunks. The Cayman's rear trunk is accessible under the large rear hatch and is shallow and wide; the front trunk is nearly cubical and deep. There's certainly enough storage for weekending." -- MSN Autos (2014)

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