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“Let’s take the Aston out tonight” has a nice ring to it. But beyond that, I did end up with a feeling of van… er, wanting.
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage makes a huge case for itself when you’re stretching from Porsche 911 money. Be warned though – this is nowhere near as precise a tool, even if it is much sexier.
The Vantage is noticeably less comfy than big brother DB9 over distance - the shorter wheelbase and sportier set-up making themselves known. There is however, plenty of space for two. No, it hasn't got the DB9's rear seat-impressions, but it has got a practical hatchback and it's reasonably big back there too.
Fast, but not earth-shattering. It makes 420bhp in what is not exactly a light car. But on our roads you will stay ahead of everything. And enjoy it.
Even at this end of the Aston Martin range you're looking at one of the coolest cars on the planet. Pray you get to own one. Pray.
There have been issues with Aston's build quality,and the electrical system and paint finish were a bit iffy, especially on early cars. Moreover, the cabin doesn't seem as special as a car like this should be.
Proper sportscar stuff; well damped but firm, well-contained bodyroll. But steering feels dead and that can affect your confidence. Not quite as good as a 911.
Hatchback means that you can use the Vantage as your only car and get away with it, if seating for more than two isn't an issue. There's also a great feeling that the car is a manageable size and you can thread it through traffic because you can see out of it. Bonus points.
There's no premium to be had on a new Vantage anymore.