Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Aston interiors have looked largely the same since 2003, excepting some changes to the centre console design, following a template laid down by the DB9. But just as the exterior styling makes a radical jump, so does the interior design, retaining only the familiar console-mounted gearbox buttons either side of the starter button to put existing owners at ease.

Ahead of the oddly square-shaped but pleasingly chunky steering wheel lies a new TFT digital dash, the centrepiece of which is a giant circular rev counter whose design changes according to which driving mode you have selected.

There is some evidence of parts coming from lesser cars, but nothing on the scale of Astons of old. The column stalk is clearly Mercedes-derived, as is the multimedia system and its control wheel and touchpad. But the DB11 is no poorer for that because the Mercedes system is well thought out and attractive to use, not something that could be said of Aston’s previous efforts.

As you’d expect of a car costing more than £150,000, the DB11’s interior feels fabulous. Beautifully stitched leather covers almost every surface; those it doesn’t feature wood and aluminium work that is every bit as pleasing to both your eye and your touch. And in the unlikely case of your friends not being wowed by all of that, you can show them the electrically retractable armrest cubby. Completely unnecessary, but when it comes to luxury oneupmanship, anything goes.

One word of advice though: light coloured grey and tan interiors might make the cabin feel airy, but both cause terrible reflections on both the front and rear windows causing real visibility problems, so stick to blacks and dark blues instead.

Noise levels are pleasingly low - except for those coming from the V12, of course - thanks to tricks like double-glazed side windows, a feature used on high-end Mercedes for many years.

There was some wind rustle from the side windows on the pre-production cars we drove, but Aston claims that was down to badly fitting seals and will be rectified before customers take delivery.

Ride comfort is mostly excellent but the 20in tyres’ low-profile sidewalls can struggle to absorb harsh impacts, for example potholes and transverse ridges in the road. Switching to the suspension’s Sport mode makes the ride very slightly choppier, but pays you back with vastly tighter handling. Sport Plus mode, meanwhile, is very stiff, making it unsuitable for most British roads, and is best left alone.