For It looks and sounds the part, and shares the same physical sort of drive as any other Vantage - it's fantastic fun in the dry.
Against By supercar standards, it's perhaps not quite as quick as you might expect, and the combination of a V12 engine, near-slick tyres and wet roads is a potentially frightening one.
What Car? says
This one is for show-offs. It's certainly an appealing model, but not the best in the range.
What Car? readers say
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Target Price team says:
The Vantage is comparatively cheap for an Aston Martin, yet it retains all of the hand-made charm that has characterised the British firm’s best work. It also has much of the style of its more expensive brethren, but it has lower maintenance bills (you’ll still fork out an awful lot at petrol stations, mind you).
The Vantage has plenty of appeal, then, but lots of more modern supercars, such as the Porsche 911, are faster, more capable on twisty roads and cost less to buy and run. The Aston’s interior is also starting to feel its age, and the infotainment systems are horribly complicated.
In the end, then, you’ll buy a Vantage because you like the way it looks and want to own an Aston rather than a Porsche or a Jaguar. Those are two perfectly valid reasons, as long as you’re aware that you’ll be paying more for an inferior car.
Reader test team says:
It is absolutely gorgeous. People often stop me and comment about it, its a magical thing to own - it mkaes you feel good evertime you step inside.…
Bought this after I got rid of the awful Gallardo Coupe, with it's Audi centre console. This car is in a totally different class, with which others…
I waited a long time to final get this car, the dealer made more mistakes than I care to remember and there were the inevitable niggles such as the…
Well, my Dec 06 AMV8 Vantage is a total dog! It cuts out frequently (11 times so far...) which is great fun at speeds plod would frown upon,…