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2018 Porsche Cayman Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.1

The cabin of the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman is flawless. Top-notch materials cover every surface, and there's a wide range of color options to customize your cockpit. The layout includes two comfortable seats, and the technology gets a B for usability and features.

  • "There's little to distinguish the 718 Cayman's cockpit from the pricier 911, and that's a good thing. There's no mistaking it for anything but a driver's car with the absence of a typical infotainment controller knob and traditional cupholders. It's more classic and sporty than modern and luxurious." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • "Fit and finish is impeccable as you'd expect from a Porsche." -- New York Daily News (2017)

Seating

The 718 Cayman is a two-seat sports car with standard partial leather upholstery. Upgraded leather upholstery is available, along with heated and ventilated seats, upgraded sport seats, and 14- or 18-way power-adjustable seats. The cabin is small, but it doesn't feel dark or cramped, and even larger travelers can relax in comfort. Getting in and out can be tricky but doesn't require gymnastics.

  • "A nearly ideal driving position is possible for a wide variety of body types. The Cayman maintains Porsche's high standing in this category. The range of motion and extension in the seats and steering column are generous." -- Edmunds
  • "The cabin is perfectly proportioned around two passengers." -- New York Daily News (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Interior Features

The 718 Cayman's standard infotainment system is composed of the Porsche Communication Management interface, a 7-inch touch screen, two USB ports, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker sound system. Automatic climate control, a 4.6-inch digital instrument cluster display, a rearview camera, and front and rear parking sensors are also standard.

Options such as navigation, Apple CarPlay, a proximity key, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker Bose or 12-speaker Burmester sound system, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, forward brake assist, lane change assist, a blind spot monitor, and a camera-based speed limit indicator are available.

The infotainment interface is mostly user-friendly once you get the hang of it. Helpful options like Apple CarPlay and a precise navigation system add to its convenience. Most controls are within reach, though the touch screen is mounted on the low side, which can be distracting for the driver.

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  • "Porsche trails the competition when it comes to in-car technology. You can argue that these are driver's cars, and tech is irrelevant. That said, there are plenty of other driver's cars that offer more advanced systems that are easier to use." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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

Cargo

With its midengine layout, the 718 Cayman has more cargo space than you might expect. The rear trunk is 9.7 cubic feet, which is enough room for several small-to-medium pieces of luggage. An additional 5.3 cubic feet of space is available in the front storage area. Overall, there's enough cargo room for you and a partner on a weekend jaunt.

  • For a mid-engine sport coupe, the Cayman has a surprising amount of combined cargo space between the front and rear compartments. Compared to rival front-engine coupes, though, it falls well short. A weekend getaway with a passenger is possible, but you'd have to pack light." -- Edmunds
  • "As for amenities, the front luggage compartment is extremely deep. It swallowed two pieces of luggage and two large knapsacks." -- Motor Trend (2017)
  • 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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