In bends, the Vantage is a dream to drive. It’s always compliant and willing, and will suit keener enthusiasts who crave a stiff chassis and lots of agility.
The steering is our only minor criticism with the driving experience. It could be heavier. Moreover, for as much driver involvement as possible, we would pass on the SportShift automated manual stick and go for the 6-speed manual transmission instead.
All that immense power comes at a cost, of course, and this isn’t a cheap car to run. Aston Martin claim you can return as much as 25mpg, but they’re being incredibly optimistic. In the real world, you’ll struggle to return 20mpg, and will most likely average 15mpg. Yearly road tax? £505.
Inside, you’ll find there are only two seats. We think it’s a good decision of Aston Martin’s to stick to the two seats, as it’s meant they can focus on improving the driver experience, rather than trying to work out how to accommodate more people. As such, the cabin is free from clutter and gorgeously laid-out.
Comfort isn’t great, but that’s the price you pay for a stiff setup. However, some buyers might be put off by the constant vibrations – the price you pay for a drop-top. Engine noise isn’t really a problem at low revs, but the higher up the rev range you go, the more intrusive it becomes.
Not that keener drivers will complain, of course.
The boot, meanwhile, measures just 144-litres. That’s way smaller than the Mercedes.
Mercedes – £75,850 – £175,900
Aston Martin – £104,000