The Vanquish rides well and sounds fantastic, while its interior looks and feels very classy.
It doesn’t feel as fast or exciting as a range-topping Aston Martin should.
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Aston Martin Vanquish performance
The 5.9-litre V12 engine produces 565bhp and 457lb ft of torque, which is enough for 0-62mph in 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 183mph. However, the wide-spaced ratios and gentle shifts of the six-speed automatic gearbox make the power delivery feel curiously nonchalant.
Aston Martin Vanquish ride & handling
The ride is surprisingly supple when the adaptive shock absorbers are in Normal mode, and body roll is well controlled, no matter which setting you choose. However, despite its carbonfibre body, the Vanquish never feels like a particularly light or nimble car. The steering is short of feedback, too.
Aston Martin Vanquish refinement
In Normal mode the engine is sonorous but never overbearing, while Sport makes it sound truly amazing. Unfortunately, there’s quite a bit of wind noise at motorway speeds, and the Vanquish generates a lot of tyre noise over coarse surfaces. The gearbox is at its best when you brake hard in to corners in Sport mode, because it responds by shifting down smartly.