The Rapide is a big car, and you’re aware of it from behind the wheel. Visibility is fairly poor, but you do get front and rear parking sensors as standard to help you figure out where the car’s extremities are. The driving seat is snug and supportive, and sits very low if you want it to, and an electronic parking brake – a first for Aston – frees up a bit of space around the centre console. Even so, the small buttons on the don’t make it easy to navigate the convoluted system.
Aston Martin Rapide Saloon space & practicality
Four people can travel in the Rapide – even four six-footers, at a pinch. The difficult part is getting in and out with any degree of elegance due to a high, wide sill to negotiate. Once installed, tall rear passengers will have their knees brushing the front seats and it feels darker and less roomy than you would hope. The boot is relatively small, at just 317 litres, but you can fold down the rear seats to extend that capacity.
Aston Martin Rapide Saloon equipment
Cooled seats and a rear entertainment system are options, and you can specify just about any colour of paint and trim you like. The rest is standard, right down to a Bang & Olufsen hi-fi system with MP3-player connectivity, front and rear climate control, and heated seats.