Porsche 718 Cayman review

Category: Sports car

Section: Costs & verdict

Available fuel types:petrol
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RRP from£45,700

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

It wears the Porsche badge on its snout, so naturally, buying a 718 Cayman will require a hefty initial investment (with no discounts available, either) – and even more so for our favourite GTS model. If your budget doesn't stretch to a GTS, the Alpine A110 makes a brilliant alternative to the Cayman or Cayman S.

Servicing, replacement parts and tyres will all cost a fair bit, too. Worse still, real-world fuel economy is very disappointing: our True MPG tests of the Cayman S revealed an average of just 28.4mpg – the GTS 4.0-litre won't be much worse in the real world. The 2.0-litre Cayman did better, managing a much more palatable 34.4mpg in our True MPG cycle.

More positively, the Cayman will hold onto its value well, so the costs stack up surprisingly well against rivals such as the Jaguar F-Type.

Equipment, options and extras

Porsche is notorious for giving away very little standard equipment and this is true of the Cayman. Even the range-topping GTS model lacks the kind of kit you might expect as standard on a car costing such a serious wedge; you'll need to pay extra if you want cruise control, power-folding door mirrors, heated seats and even climate control.

So what do you get? Well, the standard Cayman comes with electric windows, air-con, 18in alloy wheels, xenon headlights and part-Alcantara seats. The Cayman S adds 19in wheels, while the GTS model comes with discrete styling upgrades, 20in wheels, lowered adaptive suspension, a limited-slip differential, sports exhaust and the Sports Chrono Pack.

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Reliability

In the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, Porsche finished 22nd in the 31-strong list of manufacturers. That's a long way behind Toyota in second, just behind Audi and BMW, and a much better result than Jaguar could manage.

Every Cayman comes with a three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty but, like most cars of this type, it will chew through consumables, such as tyres and brakes, at a rate of knots.

Safety and security

There’s no Euro NCAP crash data available on the Cayman, but all versions come with six airbags and the option of automatic emergency braking (with adaptive cruise control), lane-keeping assistance and speed limit recognition. You'll also have to pay extra to add Isofix fittings to the passenger seat. Most of its rivals come with some, all, or more of that list as standard equipment.

Security experts Thatcham Research awarded the Cayman a maximum five-star rating for resisting theft and four stars for withstanding being broken into.

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Overview

The Porsche Cayman is a joy to drive and, if you go for the GTS version, has a fantastic, sweet-sounding six-cylinder engine to match its superb dynamics. If your budget doesn't stretch to the GTS, the Cayman 2.0-litre is worth considering, but for similar money, we'd take a serious look at the Alpine A110 instead, which is a fabulous alternative.

  • Brilliant handling
  • Wonderful, naturally aspirated, six-cylinder GTS engine
  • Classy interior
  • Disappointing engine noise from the four-cylinder engines
  • Stingy standard equipment
  • Lack of standard safety equipment