Aston Martin DB9 Volante convertible (2004-2012)
"With the roof down, the DB9 Volante is a stylish two-seater grand tourer that can cruise effortlessly and is accompanied by a rousing V12 soundtrack."
- Gorgeous looks
- Luxurious interior
- Engine sounds great with the roof down
- Huge running costs
- Thirsty V12 engine
- Jerky downshifts from auto gearbox
It's been on sale since 2004, but the Aston Martin DB9 Volante has been constantly updated to keep it competitive, and the most recent version is easily the best one yet. It's packed with character and is excellent fun to drive, while the DB9 Volante's looks still turn heads. The addition of adaptive dampers means that it's more comfortable than ever, but it can be turned into a sharp-handling sports car at the press of a button. The 6.0-litre V12 is hugely powerful, too, and the DB9 takes only 4.8 seconds to go from 0-60mph. However, the DB9 Volante doesn't come cheap, with a list price that starts in excess of £100,000.
This version of the Aston Martin DB9 Volante has now been replaced. Read our review of the new model here.
MPG, running costs & CO2
It should come as no big surprise that the DB9 Volante is extremely costly to run. The big V12 is thirsty, while road tax is in the tob band. Even though the Aston has a relatively large 80-litre fuel tank, don't expect to drive any more than 300 miles on a tankful.
Engines, drive & performance
Aston Martin’s DB9 Volante manages to create 470bhp from its 6.0-litre V12 engine. This means that 0-60mph takes only five seconds. And with plenty of grip and supreme balance, there are very few situations when the DB9 does not feel like it is in complete control.
Interior & comfort
Over smooth surfaces, the Volante feels well balanced, has lots of grip and an excellent ride. On bumpy roads it is not so good, although it is definitely more comfortable and forgiving than the coupe.
Practicality & boot space
The Volante keeps the same 2+2 seat arrangement that features in the hard-top DB9, so there is very little room in the back for passengers. Instead the space is just about big enough for two small children at best, and the room is best used for any extra luggage that the small boot can’t handle.
Reliability & safety
The 6.0-litre V12 engine in the Aston Martin DB9 Volante is an excellent performer. The gearbox is a bit jerky on downshifts, but is generally very reliable. Inside, it's a similar story with lots of top quality materials and a very high overall standard of equipment.
Price, value for money & options
Only a small number of Aston Martin DB9 Volantes are sold in the UK each year, and as a result it is far more exclusive and desirable than the majority of its rivals. This has a positive effect on its residual value too, which remains strong.