Porsche 718 Cayman Review 2024

Porsche 718 Cayman At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
Thrilling to drive, with great engines, everyday comfort and an incredible ability to feel engaging on every road. The Porsche 718 Cayman is the benchmark sports car in its class.

+Fantastic driving dynamics. Very usable. Superb value in its class.

-Four-cylinder engine lacks an authentic Porsche sound. Interior storage space is poor.

New prices start from £40,233
Insurance Group 44
On average it achieves 89% of the official MPG figure

The Porsche 718 Cayman was once seen as simply the cheaper alternative to a Porsche 911. Today, it’s the car to beat in its class, and some models make it hard to choose between this Porsche and its more famous sibling. Competition comes from the Alpine A110, all-American Ford Mustang, classy Jaguar F-Type, Lotus Emira, and even the BMW M4. Read on for our full Porsche 718 Cayman review.

When it comes to the best sports cars on sale, there’s an array of desirable contenders. But as our Porsche 718 Cayman review will demonstrate, Germany’s classy coupe is worthy of serious consideration against the very finest on the market.

For a start, it looks good, with its compact but athletic design. It’s also much sharper than previous generations and that translates into the driving experience.

Sure, the switch to four-cylinder engines for the standard and Porsche 718 Cayman S models hasn’t gone down well with everyone, but power is up and the latest version drives and handles brilliantly.

There’s a level of precision evident throughout the Porsche 718 Cayman coupe, not just in how it drives, but also the interior design and finish, the layout of the controls and even the attention to detail in the infotainment system.

The standard model delivers plenty of performance and fun, just without the sound you might expect of a Porsche. There’s a Style Edition that adds cosmetic appeal with some stickers, but it’s the Porsche 718 Cayman S that is the sweet-spot in the range for most.

The Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 with its Porsche 911-style six-cylinder engine will appeal to the true enthusiasts, and then there is the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS, a ferocious, track-focused machine that is engineered to hit every apex precisely, or sideways if you are so inclined.

There is plenty of choice in this market, with the compelling Alpine A110, BMW M4 and enduring Jaguar F-Type all appealing alternatives. But few would dispute that the Porsche 718 Cayman remains very much the leader of the pack.

Fancy a second opinion? Read heycar’s Porsche 718 Cayman review.

Ask Honest John

Can you recommend a reliable, good-looking, two-seater sports car?

"I have £30,000 cash to spend on a two-seater sports car. Now, hopefully, with better weather and improved prospects on the horizon, what would you advise to buy? The looks and street cred are important, preferably a classic look and I want something reliable. Performance is not a top priority. Don't want MG, Triumph or an MX-5. Any ideas? Many Thanks."
How about a Jaguar F-Type? It's a very stylish choice available as a coupe or convertible. A Porsche Boxster or Cayman could be a good alternative. None of these will be cheap to run, though. A Mazda MX-5 is unbeatable if that's what you're after.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What sporty, 5-door, reliable cars could you recommend?

"Our 12 year old Audi A3 2.0 TDI Sportback has done 100,000 miles, so will be going, and we need a third car to back up our Ford S-Max 2.0 Ecoboost and Porsche Cayman GTS. The front runner is a Mazda 3 2.0 165 Sport, which you report very favourably on. It will be for general/family use (we have 3 kids: aged six, eight and ten) and Drivethedeal can supply one for under £20,000. Are there any other suggestions that should be considered for a sporty, five-door, good to drive, reliable car? We wouldn't touch VWG at the moment and a Ford Fiesta ST would be nearly perfect except it may be a bit small. Secondly, if we go for the Mazda, I cannot find any mention on the Michelin site that they do 18-inch cross-climates (which the Mazda rides on)."
You can get Cross Climates in 205/60 R16, which is the other size on the Mazda 3, but the Michelin site becomes very frustrating looking for 18-inch whether you just look for tyre size or try to input the actual car. You're obviously looking for a bit of power, but we had huge fun in the low power Mazda 3, though admittedly in Northern Scotland on almost empty roads: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/mazda/mazda-3-2017-road-test/?
Answered by Honest John

New tax system - does the premium price rate include extras?

"Could you tell me if the new premium rate car tax in 2017 [above £40,000] is basic list price or the cost with added extras?"
It has now been confirmed that it is price plus added extras, so you can't, for example, get a car listed at £39k then load it up with £20k's worth of extras and then escape the £310 luxury tax loading for cars over £40,000.
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