Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe full 9 point review
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.
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.
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.
Buying & Owning
The Vanquish looks expensive compared with a Bentley Continental GT, and it’s likely to cost you more in depreciation. What’s more, the official average fuel consumption of 19.6mpg will be tough to match if the power is properly enjoyed.
Quality & Reliability
This is a lovely object, no question. The paint is flawless, the panel gaps are tight, and inside there are lashings of leather and aluminium. In the past, Aston Martins have been unimpressive in their electronic dependability, but we’ll have to see how this one fares in time.
Safety & Security
You get lots of airbags and driver-assistance systems, and the engine is mounted low enough to let the Vanquish meet pedestrian protection rules without having to resort to a pop-up bonnet. The rounded front grille collapses inwards on impact, too. Security features are suitably comprehensive.
Behind The Wheel
You sit low and can tailor the driving position electrically. What’s more, the seats are more supportive than those in the DB9. The gearbox mode is selected by Aston’s usual glass buttons on the dashboard, while manual shifts are via paddles fixed to the steering column. The centre console is divided into system areas that are touch sensitive, and these work fairly well.
Space & Practicality
There’s plenty of room for two in the Vanquish, but the tiny rear seats (which aren’t obligatory) are little more than storage shelves, and there’s no glovebox, so centre console cubbies have to suffice. The boot is usefully large, though, and compares well with those of competitors.
The extensive list of standard equipment includes cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, Alcantara headlining and heated leather seats. You also get a modern sat-nav unit – rather than the ancient Volvo system that Aston Martin used to put in its cars – and a 1000w Bang & Olufsen stereo.