Porsche Cayman

The Essentials

  • Price from £39,162
  • What Car? says: 4 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 30.1mpg
  • What is it? Fantastic coupe from Porsche

Great

  • Driving it is one of the best experiences you
  • Every inch of this car oozes opulence
  • There's plenty of space for a party of two

Gripes

  • Some of the controls are a little confusing
  • Porsche doesn't make many, so they're hard to find
  • Hold on to your driving licence: it's easy to speed
  • Drive

    You'll love everything about it - there's nothing it can't do

  • Inside

    You won't want to get out, but some of the controls are fiddly

  • Safety

    It has the latest high-tech driving aids, but whatevers in the boot is on show

  • Reliability

    It's a car you can count on: well built and reliable

  • Space

    Every last inch has been put to good use and you won't feel cramped

  • Standard and extras

    Plunder the options list if you want to feel posh

  • What's it like to drive?

    Put your foot to the floor in the Porsche Cayman and you could be forgiven for thinking you're in a fighter jet. The harder you push it, the better it responds. It's worth paying extra for the six-speed gearbox that's usually found in its more powerful sibling, the Cayman S: it catapults you forward just that little bit faster. There's also a five-speed auto, if you have a lazy left foot. It's so agile, you can dodge bullets in it, and the steering is as sharp as it gets. Investing in Porsche Active Suspension Management makes the car feel more forgiving on bumpy roads, without compromising how well it takes corners.

  • What's it like inside?

    Sliding into the Porsche Cayman is a joy: there's plenty of space (albeit strictly for two), the visibility's great and the driver's seat is exquisitely comfy. Every inch of the car has been put to good use and there are all manner of clever places to stash stuff, including not one but two boots. Water and oil can be topped up via the boot, so no need to get your hands dirty. You get climate control and part-leather trim thrown in; luxuries such as sat-nav, better brakes and a more sumptuous interior cost extra.

  • How reliable is it?

    Stick to the servicing schedule, however, and it'll last you a lifetime. There are so many high-tech driver aids its almost impossible to crash, but you get plenty of airbags just in case.

  • Should I buy one?

    Only 10,000 of these get built in a year, so don't expect to snap one up tomorrow. The good news is you get most of your money back when you sell it and there will be a long queue of potential buyers at your door. Running one, unsurprisingly, isn't cheap.