Parkers overall rating: 4.6 out of 5 4.6
  • Focused coupe cabin feels expensive
  • Much improved infotainment system
  • Interior is well built, should last

Where hard plastics once reigned supreme, Porsche has subtly improved the quality of construction and the 718 sports a cabin worthy of the crested badge.

When you first climb in, you’ll appreciate the driving position; it’s snug but everything’s where it should be and you can see out in all directions. The analogue dials are clearly laid out and the PCM navigation module brings a configurable display that can beam up maps or trip computer info with the use of a stalk – there are no steering wheel buttons to master here.

The best bit? The new infotainment system, which has finally come of age. A centrally mounted touchscreen now controls the audio, sat-nav and phone commands and responds easily to prods and swipes of the finger. It’s a big improvement.

The buttons mounted below can be a little tricky to read and aim for, since they’re small and the same size and shape as each other, but you get a rough idea of where everything is soon after.

How comfortable is it?

  • Low-slung two-seater sports car
  • Choice of sports seats available
  • Ride comfort good, especially on PASM chassis

You wouldn’t necessarily think of a two-seat sports car as being a comfy place to sit – but the 718 really is that good. For a car of this type, it’s easy to climb in and out of, although you should avoid the high-winged sports seats if you value everyday practicality.

Once you’re installed in the snug cabin, it’s a very comfortable environment. We’d recommend trying various different seats, as you can specify bucket chairs with extra support for track use; these may resist sideways cornering forces, but aren’t necessarily as relaxed and supportive as the standard items.

Ride comfort is surprisingly polished, the 718 smothering road potholes and bumps with aplomb on most of the alloy wheel options. Specify the optional PASM for the most comfortable ride and stick to smaller-diameter alloy wheels if smooth progress is your priority – the Cayman comes with 18in wheels as standard, rising to 19in alloys on the Cayman S.

GTS and GT4

Unsurprisingly given the fact the six-cylinder models are heavier and feature suspension dropped by 20- and 30mm respectively, these more serious models don’t ride quite as well but they still absorb bumps well, without thumping or throwing you off course. The GT4 features more track-focussed seats too, which are less forgiving.

That said, the GTS is perfectly usable day-to-day. Stick with Normal drive mode and noise levels from the engine and exhaust remain hushed, making this the preferred setting for longer distance driving. It’s only on older, rougher surfaces when road noise becomes a constant companion, at which point the Bose sound system needs to work harder to drown it all out.

One further point to note: These 4.0-litre engines also have cylinder deactivation, which is good news for fuel economy, but does take the shine off the Cayman’s refinement levels, sending more noise and vibration into the cabin. it’s perfectly acceptable, but noticeably rougher than when you fire on all cylinders.