Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Nobody who enters an Aston Martin dealership will be surprised by the sort of prices being proposed by the salesperson. They’re extremely expensive cars for extremely wealthy people and the Rapide costs a small fortune. For what it’s worth, it costs more than an Audi S8 Plus and Porsche Panamera but slightly less than a Bentley Flying Spur or Mercedes S65, but in all cases we’re talking the sort of prices that would buy you a small house.
In most cases you can expect to lose a huge amount in depreciation, too. Although the Aston will hold on to more of its value than the Mercedes, the Audi, Bentley and Porsche will all hold on to more of theirs.
But bear in mind that in this regard the Rapide is no worse than any of the range-topping rivals we’ve already mentioned. All of them require a huge amount of cash to buy and a serious investment to keep them in tiptop condition.
The Rapide’s big price does (rightly) means a long equipment list. Electric, heated, leather seats, front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, DAB radio, sat-nav, climate control and xenon headlights are among the luxuries included.
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