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Parkers overall rating: 5 out of 5 5.0

The view from the driver’s seat is typical of a modern Porsche, with high-quality switches and precise controls. The steering wheel adjusts for reach and height and there is plenty of seat adjustment to achieve the best driving position. It’s not the most evocative of interiors, but has a purposeful feel and the finish is superb with upmarket and soft touch materials used throughout.

There’s plenty of scope for customisation too with a range of optional interior trims, seats, instrument dials and stereo choices. Visibility is decent and customers can also choose a rear window wiper to improve rear visibility in the rain.

Around town and over rough roads, the Cayman feels quite stiff, but overall it’s reasonably comfortable with a smooth ride – even on larger wheels. There’s decent space for two adults and the seats offer plenty of adjustment and good support. More hardcore bucket-style seats can be chosen as an option which pin you in well, but have no adjustment other than sliding forward and back.

There’s minimal wind noise, thanks to the aerodynamic shape, while the exhaust and engine provide an enjoyable, rather than intrusive sound. Air conditioning is standard (as are electric windows) but it costs extra to upgrade to electronic climate control. Facelifted models from 2009 can be specified with ventilated, as well as heated, seats.