Aston Martin Vanquish coupe
- Stunning design
- Hi-tech materials
- Simple interior controls
- High price
- Heavy fuel consumption
- V12 starting to feel old-fashioned
At a glance
"As you'd expect, the Aston Martin Vanquish is expensive to buy and expensive to run, but its V12 engine is thrilling and the car looks stunning."
The Aston Martin Vanquish is a replacement for the DBS and sits at the top of Aston's range (not counting limited-run models like the One-77 and V12 Zagato). The layout is typical Aston – there's a huge V12 engine at the front driving the rear wheels and the low-slung bodywork has similar proportions to the DBS.
The body panels are all carbon-fibre, though – a first for Aston – and a recent refresh of the car means the engine now produces 568bhp and is around 11% more efficient. than before The interior features a user-friendly infotainment interface and hi-tech touch-sensitive buttons. For millionaires interested in style, sophistication and ferocious pace, the Vanquish is a natural choice.
MPG, running costs & CO2
The costs don’t stop - the Vanquish requires a small fortune to run
While other manufacturers are turning to smaller turbocharged engines to deliver more performance and reduce fuel consumption in one swoop, Aston Martin has stuck with what it knows. The benefits of the 6.0-litre V12 engine are clear – it sounds fantastic and the effortlessly smooth power delivery is unrivalled, but fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of around 22.1mpg and 298g/km are pretty poor, even if those figures are better than they used to be. An annual tax bill of £505 is part and parcel of the ownership experience.
A tank of unleaded for the Vanquish will set you back roughly £110. A three-year unlimited-mileage warranty is included as standard, although a number of extended warranty packages are also available. Buyers should be aware though that repairing the carbon-fibre bodywork will be extremely expensive and servicing costs will be well above the norm, too.
Engines, drive & performance
An unforgettable experience
Power from the 6.0-litre V12 is 568bhp, so 0-62mph takes 3.8 seconds, with a top speed of 201mph. The steering reacts quickly to your movements and the engine sits low, so handling is stable.
The latest eight-speed gearbox means shifts are much smoother and quicker than before, which improves the Vanquish both as a sports car and a cruiser. A revised suspension that’s firmer than before has improved the handling, while changes to the brakes means they’re more rewarding.
A launch-control mode allows you to make the most of the performance by controlling wheelspin and letting you blast away from a standstill with maximum acceleration. Pushing the sport button on the steering wheel sharpens throttle response and opens a set of valves in the exhaust, which lets you hear the V12 engine in all its glory.
Interior & comfort
Firm and bumpy ride balanced by power and luxury
The suspension has three distinct settings – Normal, Sport and Track – so you can change the character of the car from a comfy cruiser to a rock-hard racer at the touch of a button. Even in its softest setting, you tend to get bounced around the interior like a pinball on bumpy roads. But the huge amount of power and luxurious interior mean the Vanquish is the perfect car for a long cross-continent trip – as long as you can stomach the fuel bills.
Practicality & boot space
More interior space and a bigger boot than the DBS
Let’s face it, you don’t buy a car like this with practicality in mind, but the Vanquish has definitely improved compared to its predecessor. The dashboard has moved forward 20mm to create more space for front passengers and there’s a 368-litre boot – that’s 60% bigger than the DBS and enough for two sets of golf clubs. The rear seats are extremely cramped and only really suited to children, but if you’d rather have more luggage space, Aston will remove the rear seats as a no-cost option.
Reliability & safety
Predecessor was well built, but any repairs will be costly
Aston Martin doesn’t have the best reputation for reliability, but its latest models are far better than in years gone by. Each Vanquish takes around 250 to 300 hours to build by hand, so you can be sure quality is high. There were no major recalls for the DBS, so no major mechanical problems are anticipated for the Vanquish.
Price, value for money & options
Strictly for the wealthy, but you do get a lot for your money
When you consider that final special editions of the DBS, like the DBS Carbon, cost over £186,000, the Vanquish's sub-£190,000 price tag doesn’t seem so unreasonable. Especially when you find out that the body is constructed entirely from expensive carbon-fibre, there's more technology and gadgets packed into the interior and it's faster than ever before.
Standard equipment is generous, too, including a 1,000w Bang & Olufsen stereo, sat nav and a fully leather-lined interior. A host of optional extras, such as different 20-inch alloys, bits of extra carbon-fibre trim and a rear-view parking camera are also offered. The latest model update has seen lightweight forged alloy wheels and Diavalo Red paint added to the options list. As you'd expect, optional extras aren't cheap.