What is it like?

Used Aston Martin Vantage Roadster 2005-2018 review

(2005 - 2018)
Used Aston Martin Vantage Roadster 05-18
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What's the used Aston Martin Vantage sports like?

The Vantage coupé is a hugely important car for Aston Martin, being the British firm’s best-selling model by a considerable margin.

Its success was perhaps never in doubt, given the car’s good looks allied to a very desirable badge. And it wasn’t long before an equally handsome drop-top convertible version was introduced, known as the Vantage Roadster.

Other than a slight weight gain and a little less rigidity, the drop-top shares much with the coupé, and such good news means that it, too, has enjoyed considerable sales success. The major difference is of course the fabric roof, which can be lowered or raised automatically in just 22 seconds, turning the car into an extremely potent wind-in-the-hair funster.

Whether you choose the V8 or V12 version, you’ve got a car that breathes fire and menace from its very exhausts, with a wonderfully sonorous bark to its high-rev behaviour.

Inside, the driving position is low-slung and the interior has a jewel-like quality that enhances its premium feel, with the use of top-quality materials and soft leather sporting seats hand-stitched in contrasting colours. One potential drawback is the size of the boot, which is half the size of the coupé’s, putting a spoiler on any grand touring plans.

To drive, the Vantage Roadster is old-fashioned, hefty and weighty, with heavy steering and a long, occasionally obstructive feel to the gearchange. It’s solid and stable, but it always feels like a heavy car – which, to a certain degree, it is. The Vantage Roadster corners and grips well, but it never feels truly exciting, despite the speeds it can reach. After all, the Vantage S Roadster with the V12 engine is a remarkably quick car that's able to sprint from 0 to 62mph in around four seconds.

However, despite these slight dynamic disappointments, the car has an emotional appeal that some of its rivals lack. A used one bought at a good price would still be a very attractive proposition indeed and would make you the envy of all your neighbours.

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