The interior layout, fit and finish
It’s no use for a car to handle well if you aren’t sitting comfortably enough to enjoy it. Fortunately, the Vantage has a very good driving position, with generous electric adjustment for the driver’s seat and a good range of manual steering wheel adjustment. Electric steering wheel adjustment is available as an option.
The Vantage’s relatively compact dimensions and low window line allow for reasonably good visibility, not only at roundabouts and junctions but also of the road ahead when you're driving quickly. Unsurprisingly, the view back over your shoulder isn’t as good, but the large door mirrors help with this and so do the standard rear parking sensors (you get front sensors as standard, too). LED headlights are standard for great visibility at night.
Like the DB11, Aston Martin has also borrowed Mercedes-Benz’s infotainment system for the Vantage, consisting of an 8.0in screen and a rotary controller between the seats. We prefer it to a touchscreen system (such as McLaren's) for ease of use on the move and the screen graphics are fairly good. However, the three-tier menu structure is more confusing than Audi’s MMI system that you'll find on the R8. Still, a DAB radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring and sat-nav are all included as standard (although Android Auto is not available).
Less impressive is the sheer number of buttons littered all over the Vantage’s steering wheel – more than 40. Many are quite small, so finding them while trying to concentrate on driving can be tricky, and they don’t quite feel as solid as you might hope in a car costing this much money. In fact, the Porsche 911, McLaren 540C and Audi R8 all have higher-quality interiors than the Vantage, although Aston Martin's baby is still classy enough inside to make you feel special.