- Completely redesigned
- Agile and responsive handling
- Great exhaust note
- Currently only available as a coupe
- Relatively high price tag
Aston Martin Vantage Expert Review
The Vantage is Aston Martin's entry-level sports car, slotting below the more expensive DB11 and Vanquish sports cars and the Rapide S sedan.
2019 Aston Martin Vantage: The Vantage is powered by a twin-turbo V-8 and comes standard with 20-inch silver alloy wheels, Graphite painted exterior trim, dual stainless steel exhaust finishers, a titanium grille, a silver underhood cross brace, an electronic rear differential, dark anodized brake calipers, sport seats, Strathmore leather and Alcantara upholstery, a black leather-trimmed steering wheel, Satin Silver interior trim, automatic temperature control with dual zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with navigation, Bluetooth, and iPhone integration.
Notable features and options include a twill gloss carbon fiber steering wheel, a full leather interior, Caithness or Balmoral leather, embossed or embroidered headrests with a Vantage logo or Aston Martin wings, five additional seatbelt colors, four additional interior trim inlays, three 20-inch forged wheel options, eight additional brake caliper colors, 16-way power adjustable seats, heated and ventilated seats, Sports Plus seats, an automatic parking system, glass switches, and a surround-view camera system.
Under the hood is a 503-hp, 505-lb-ft of torque 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. Aston Martin claims a 3.6 seconds 0-60 mph time and a top speed of 195 mph.
The Vantage's Tech package consists of blind-spot monitoring, a self-parking system, and other comfort features. Front and rear parking sensors are standard and a surround-view camera system is optional.
The 2019 Vantage comes standard with an 8.0-inch touchscreen with navigation, Bluetooth, iPhone integration, and a standard Aston Martin audio system. Optional tech features include an upgraded Aston Martin audio system, blind-spot monitoring, a self-parking system, an infotainment touchpad, and a surround-view camera system.
In a First Look review, we said, "The new Vantage rolls on a version of the new DB11 platform that's been shortened four inches. Though the front two-thirds of the platform is effectively shared with the DB11 V8. Aston Martin claims 70 percent of its components are new or have been upgraded. Among the key changes are a completely new rear end structure that features a solidly mounted rear subframe, and a repositioned gas tank. The Vantage also gets an e-diff—the first ever fitted to an Aston Martin—and rolls on specially developed 20-inch Pirelli P Zero tires," we continued.
"That reflects the Vantage's mission. 'This is our?Porsche 911?fighter,' says lead dynamic development engineer Paul Fleming. 'When you jump in it, it feels like a sports car, but it's usable, like a 911,'" Fleming added. "The suspension is considerably stiffer than that of the DB cars—the Vantage has similar roll stiffness as a 911—but Fleming says he's managed to dial out some of the impact harshnesses that's characteristic of the Porsches," we added.
In a?review of a 2019 Aston Martin Vantage prototype, we said, "I can tell you the 2019 Vantage feels agile and responsive in the snow, with a more incisive feel to the brakes than you get in a DB11. The quad exhaust pops and crackles gently on the overrun; it's not the mobile artillery barrage you get in an AMG GT." The Vantage is like a smaller and lighter DB11 but "the Vantage comes equipped with a computer-controlled electronic differential, rather than the conventional limited slip differentials used in the bigger Astons. Aston says the e-diff is key to giving the new Vantage a significantly sportier dynamic character than any DB11."
In a First Drive review of the 2019 Aston Martin Vantage, we enjoyed the sound of the engine starting up, the quick-shifting eight-speed automatic, and how much confidence the coupe gives the driver most of the time. Even so, the low-end torque can sometimes make the rear end twitchy if you try to take off too aggressively. High-speed braking is strong and the styling of the Vantage is "flat-out gorgeous."
Inside, we said the interior ergonomics could use some work and the layout is "a bit retro." There was plenty of headroom for our 6-foot-1 editor and "exiting is a cinch, thanks to swan-wing doors that easily clear the most impudent curbs." On the tech front, the Vantage has multiple USB ports and a Mercedes-based infotainment system. The stiff ride is good for the track but on normal roads, "vertical insults are transmitted rather abruptly into the cabin."
We concluded by saying, "Is the Vantage a better car than the AMG? Does it have the daily driver chops of the?Porsche? Or is it merely competitive? Stay tuned for our Best Driver's Car competition to find out."