The Vantage is meant to be an everyday sports car like the Porsche 911, albeit one that’s far more exclusive. It costs more than the Porsche to buy, it drinks fuel at a greater rate and it isn’t predicted to hold on to its value quite as well. Staggeringly high CO2 emissions mean huge tax bills – no matter whether you’re a private buyer or a (privileged) company car driver.
Aston Martin Vantage quality & reliability
Interior quality is a mixed bag. For example, the leather on the seats and dashboard is relatively high-quality stuff, but the indicator stalks and some of the dashboard buttons feel seriously cheap and flimsy. Reliability is hard to assess because Aston doesn’t sell enough cars to appear in the annual JD Power customer satisfaction surveys.
Aston Martin Vantage safety & security
It’s disappointing that there are no curtain airbags in the Vantage; it is fitted with front and side ’bags only. Electronic safety aids include stability control and emergency brake assist, which automatically applies maximum braking pressure if the system thinks you haven’t braked hard enough in an emergency. A Tracker system to help trace the car should it be stolen is standard, although it works only in the UK.