For The Aston Vantage Roadster looks great and handles even better, while the V8 engine sounds better than a Hollywood blockbuster.
Against It's hard to see out of the low-slung V8 at angled junctions, and you'll need a healthy bank balance for fill-ups.
A Porsche 911 might be sharper to drive, but the Aston Martin Vantage sounds better and is incredibly desirable. Overall, the stunning Vantage is a genuine alternative to the German car.
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At last, an Aston Martin that is almost affordable for the masses yet retains all of the hand-made charm that has characterised the British firm's best work.
The Aston Vantage Roadster may share much of the style of its more expensive brethren, but it has lower maintenance bills, though you'll still have to fork out plenty at the fuel station.
However, the Vantage rewards in other ways, such as its sublime handling, the amazing acceleration and noise from its 4.7-litre V8 heart, and the surprisingly good refinement that makes it a serious everyday proposition. A 300-litre boot for the coupe model means it can carry a set of golf clubs, though space is tighter in the open-top Roadster.
Aston hasn't skimped on the equipment list, either, and the Vantage comes with all of the goodies you'd expect of a car of this class, calibre and cost. A pity, then, that Aston doesn't include curtain airbags.
It's not cheap, but the Roadster offers levels of exclusivity and desirability that Porsche owners can only dream of, although the odd cheap-looking switch is slightly off-putting.