Porsche Cayman coupe

Porsche Cayman coupe

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Excellent interior
  • Relatively low running costs
  • One of the best cars to drive on the market
  • Not much standard equipment
  • Strictly a two-seater
  • Expensive options

“Few performance coupes are as fun to drive as the fast, stylish and high-quality Porsche Cayman.”

It's an odd thing to say about a £40,000+ car, but the Porsche Cayman may well be one of the best-value cars on sale in the UK today. That's because it offers driving thrills to match or beat much more expensive supercars, as well as being very easy to live with day to day, making it a brilliant all-rounder.

The Cayman comes with a choice of 2.7, 3.4 or 3.8-litre petrol engines. The standard Cayman uses the 2.7-litre engine, while the Cayman S has the bigger 3.4-litre engine. Both are brilliant, but we think the extra power of the S is worth going for if you can stretch to it. Either way, you’ll enjoy one of the best-handling cars there is, with steering that lets you know exactly what the front wheels are up to and a chassis that feels at one with the road.

There's also an even more focused and powerful 3.4-litre Porsche Cayman GTS available for committed petrolheads with a bit more money to spend, as well as the razor-sharp Porsche Cayman GT4, which has the larger 3.8-litre engine from the Porsche 911. It's a strong contender for the best driver's car you can buy at any price.

Practicality is surprisingly good for a sports car – even though there are no back seats like you get in the 911, the Cayman's mid-engined layout means it has both front and rear luggage storage areas, so you won’t be short of space for a weekend away.

As with other Porsches, miserly standard equipment is a bit of a sticking point with the Cayman. Air-conditioning and sports seats feature on all models, but you have to pay extra for a Bluetooth phone connection – something that comes as standard on even humdrum hatchbacks. There's also a long and varied options list to tempt you into inflating your Cayman's list price an alarming amount.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.5 / 5

The Porsche Cayman wasn’t built to be economical, but it’s not too expensive to run when you consider the performance on offer

Engines, drive & performance

5 / 5

The Porsche Cayman is one of the best handling cars money can buy and will be lots of fun down your favourite twisting road

Interior & comfort

4 / 5

There’s plenty of space for two in the Porsche Cayman, while the driving position is also excellent thanks to a wide range of adjustment

Practicality & boot space

3.5 / 5

Considering it’s a focused two-seater sports car, the Porsche Cayman is a reasonably practical proposition

Reliability & safety

4 / 5

Porsche has a consistently strong reputation for both the reliability and safety of its cars

What the others say

5 / 5
based on 3 reviews
5 / 5
"Not only is the Cayman as fantastic to drive and as quick as the firm's flagship 911 Carrera, it undercuts its legendary brother by nearly £24,000. When you look at it like this, the Cayman is actually one of the performance car bargains of the year."
5 / 5
"The new Porsche Cayman works exceptionally well on so many levels, from a handsome two-seater that's dead easy to live with, to an out-and-out sports car that will utterly involve the enthusiastic driver. And it works just as well at every level in between. It's still, arguably the Porsche sports car that is the most rounded proposition of any."
5 / 5
"The Porsche Cayman is now in its third generation and just like a good wine it is getting better as it matures. The chassis is new, the wheelbase is 60mm longer, it's 30kg lighter and 40 per cent stiffer. The six-cylinder petrol engines are more powerful too. This is without a doubt is the best version of the Cayman to date."
What owners say 
4.6 /5 based on 6 reviews
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4 Nov 2015
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