Aston Martin Rapide
The Aston Martin Rapide is a luxury four-door with a sporting edge. It's based on the same mechanicals as the DB9 and DBS, but the Rapide is longer to allow room for the extra doors and bigger rear seats. It uses a 6.0-litre V12 engine which has been tuned to be quiet on long journeys, while a smooth automatic gearbox increases the ease of driving. The interior is the height of luxury, and there are plenty of personalisation options. There's a knack to getting into the back seats because the rear door openings are quite small, but once inside, there's space for two adults. The Rapide isn’t as exciting to drive as a Porsche Panamera, and is more expensive, but the Aston Martin has exclusivity on its side.
- Sports car handling
- Interior feels very special
- Fantastic looks and exclusivity
- High price tag
- Lack of rear legroom
- Running costs
The four-door Aston Martin Rapide S combines the brand's smooth and powerful 6.0-litre V12 engine with space for four people. The Rapide is built to the same high standards as the rest of the Aston Martin range, and comes with an impressive range of standard equipment.