Review

Aston Martin V8 Vantage coupe

Price  £84,995 - £94,995

Aston Martin V8 Vantage coupe

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Timeless looks
  • Great V8 engine note
  • Excellent performance
Cons
  • Expensive to buy
  • High running costs
  • Some rivals seem more cutting-edge

At a glance

The greenest
S Sportshift II 3dr £94,995
The cheapest
Manual 3dr £84,995
The fastest
N430 Coupe 3dr £89,995
Top of the range
S Sportshift II 3dr £94,995

"The Aston Martin V8 Vantage delivers stunning style and performance, but it’s seriously expensive to run."

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage is a beautiful sports car that boasts a virtually timeless design. It's also great fun to drive thanks to a glorious V8 engine that has the power to match its gorgeous sound. The car went on sale in 2006, but revisions to the engine and chassis over the years since then have ensured it doesn't lag behind cars like the Mercedes-AMG GT coupe, Jaguar F-Type and Porsche 911 when it comes to performance. The original 4.3-litre engine has been enlarged so that it's now 4.7 litres in size, making the Vantage even more powerful.

The car is very expensive to buy – you pay a lot for the prestige of the Aston Martin badge on the bonnet and it costs a lot to keep the car running once you’ve bought it, but that's true of many cars offering this kind of performance.

With 420bhp (or 430bhp if you go for the more expensive S) model, the V8 Vantage is expensive to fuel, tax and insure, but if you want a luxury two-seater GT that has a quality feel and a sense of occasion, then the British-built V8 Vantage is an excellent choice.

A series of special-edition ‘N’ V8 Vantage models have been made to help maintain interest in what is now a fairly old model. The latest N430 adds more power and a few exclusive extras to give the car added allure. The N430 costs more than the standard V8 Vantage, but offers the same 430bhp power output as the more expensive Vantage S, making it a car that could loosely be described as a ‘bargain’ in Aston Martin terms.

We think the basic V8 Vantage offers the best mix of performance and comfort; it's still hugely quick but is more forgiving over bumps than the firmer Vantage S. What's more, it's cheaper – only those looking to use the car on track often will see value in the premium the Vantage S commands over the basic version.

MPG, running costs & CO2

1.5 / 5

Aston Martin V8 Vantage engine is thirsty, and servicing and repair costs are high

Engines, drive & performance

4.2 / 5

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage is fast in a straight line and agile in corners

Interior & comfort

3.5 / 5

The occasionally firm suspension doesn't compromise the interior luxury of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Practicality & boot space

3 / 5

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage has a very usable boot

Reliability & safety

3 / 5

Aston Martin V8 Vantage owners seem happy and no major faults have been reported

What the others say

3.8 / 5
based on 3 reviews
4 / 5
With looks, pace and one of the most desirable badges on the planet, Aston's baby supercar is a very credible rival to Porsche's 911, BMW's M6 and the Maserati Gran Turismo.
14 / 20
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage is the accessible Aston that you can buy for just over £80k, and makes a huge case for itself when you’re stretching from Porsche 911 money. Be warned though – this is nowhere near as precise a tool, even if it is much sexier.
4 / 5
Baby Aston now goes as well as it looks, thanks to a range of mechanical tweaks. As a result the Vantage is now a serious rival for the all-conquering Porsche 911.
What owners say 
4.5833333333333
4.6 /5 based on 12 reviews
67%
 people would recommend this car to a friend

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Last updated 
15 Jan 2015

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