Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

Should you buy an Aston Martin Vantage?

Do you need us to answer this? The Aston Martin Vantage isn’t oerfect, but it is an impressive package, with its design, chassis and powertrain all striking a great balance between outright aggression and luxurious refinement. Though mechanically similar to the DB11 V8, the Vantage has a significantly more sporting character, so it does trade some of the DB11’s comfort for extra driver involvement.

This small coupe is still a sports car to be enjoyed on a daily basis, but it’s at its best when driven for fun on a great road. It’s undoubtedly an improvement over the old one in the way it drives, but you still have to compromise with an interior that’s not the most up to date with rivals.

A Porsche 911 might have a more solid interior, but this Vantage feels more longer-lasting than the both the Jaguar F-Type and AMG GT with their creaky interiors. Not to mention, the Aston also feels more special to spend time in over the three of them. In short, this sums up the rest of the package, the latest Aston Martin Vantage is a large improvement over the last generation model, but still struggles to justify being the default choice to go for.

It’s less anti-social than both the Jaguar F-Type and Mercedes-AMG GT, but is more agile than the former and less intimidating to drive than the latter. In terms of balance and driver enjoyment, the Aston strikes up a satisfying formula. You’ll also struggle to find one that feels as classy as this.

What about the AMR?

Should you jump into ownership? The AMR’s exclusivity and the extra involvement of that manual transmission are sure to win it a small, but vocal bunch of fans, but for most buyers the AMR – slower, less refined and requiring a fair bit of dedication to master -doesn’t quite stack up.

We like the AMR but we’d stick with the standard auto Vantage – or wait until next year when it gets a manual option.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage 2018 rear, silver