2017 Porsche Cayman Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Porsche Cayman was new.


Interior: 8.5

The interior of the 2017 Porsche Cayman is mostly impressive, with high build quality but some design shortcomings and out-of-place pieces. Seating accommodations are good, as the Cayman offers ample room and comfort. Cargo space is above average as well. Infotainment features are intuitive and plentiful.

  • "The small-diameter steering wheel grips great, but - as on the new 911 - its protruding, molded-plastic selector switch looks more like a leftover from an old Hyundai catalog" -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Inside, a tasteful revamp of the Cayman's cabin brings more style and new trims as well as the aforementioned sport steering wheel." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "My only complaint with the interior is Porsche's designers' infuriating refusal to do away with blank buttons when you choose to forgo some of the numerous options. It's a constant reminder that you could have spent more money, or rather that you didn't spend enough, and it gets old. Otherwise, fit and finish is impeccable as you'd expect from a Porsche." -- New York Daily News


The Porsche Cayman seats two on partial-leather upholstery. Seating upgrades include full leather or premium leather upholstery, 14- or 18-way power-adjustable seats, heated and ventilated seats, and upgraded sport seats. 

The cabin feels open and both occupants should have plenty of space around them. Rear visibility isn't great, but the standard seats offer sufficient support and comfort. The available sport seats have a negligible effect.

  • "… the cabin is perfectly proportioned around two passengers." -- New York Daily News
  • "However, rear-quarter visibility is a bit better in the Cayman versus a roof-up Boxster, and the cabin in general has an airier feel." -- Autoblog
  • "In true Porsche tradition, the sophisticated cockpit-style layout features a driver-focused dashboard and myriad controls, which are easily accessible. 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 (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 Cayman include partial leather sport seats, automatic climate control, a six-speaker sound system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a 4.6-inch digital instrument cluster display, a rearview camera, and front and rear parking sensors. Optional features include dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity-key entry, a keyless ignition, interior lighting accents, navigation, a 10-speaker Bose surround sound system, a 12-speaker Burmester high-end sound system, Apple CarPlay, Porsche Car Connect, adaptive headlights, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. 

The Cayman's infotainment system boasts a clear and sharp display with easy-to-use touch controls. The navigation functions well, and most controls and other functions are oriented toward the driver. 

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  • "The Cayman also benefits from the latest Porsche Communication Management (PCM) unit with its 7.0-inch high-res color touchscreen, proximity sensors and multi-touch gesture controls." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "A pressed crease tracing the front fenders is the most evident change, while cockpit improvements center on interfaces and infotainment. A new driver's instrument panel serves up data, including map displays, while a no-fuss, smartphone-style touch screen includes Apple CarPlay" -- Automobile Magazine
  • "And inside, the 718 has the latest-generation infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen and easy-to-use apps. The optional navigation system was so bang-on that it included driveways to the hotel and race track." -- Motor Trend


Because of its midengine layout, the 2017 Porsche Cayman has two trunks. The front trunk has 5.3 cubic feet of space, and the rear trunk has 9.7 cubic feet. The Cayman's total volume is good for a sports car, but in-cabin storage is lacking a little bit.

  • "It could do with more storage space and some conventional cupholders rather than the flimsy pop-out units on the passenger side, but that's not the European way. Maybe skip the Big Gulp this time, partner." -- New York Daily News 
  • "As for amenities, the front luggage compartment is extremely deep. It swallowed two pieces of luggage and two large knapsacks." -- Motor Trend
  • "Despite the Cayman's hatchback trunk lid, you don't really get any more cargo volume apart from the weird bins high atop the parcel shelf behind your head." -- Autoblog

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