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Aston Martin Vanquish (2012-2018) Review

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Aston Martin Vanquish
Aston Martin Vanquish

1/10

1 / 10

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"Powerful GT is beautifully desirable "
  • Launched: 2012
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Quick overview

Pros

  • Beautiful styling
  • V12 drama and performance
  • The consummate GT

Cons

  • Awful infotainment
  • Interior can’t match exterior beauty
  • Relatively affordable to buy, but it won’t be to run…

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Overall verdict

"Whichever Vanquish you choose, you won’t be disappointed if it’s the authentic Aston Martin GT experience you seek. This is a beautiful car that is ageing gracefully. And it has never been more affordable than it is today."

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The Vanquish is one of Aston Martin’s most beautiful modern machines. A range-topping grand tourer, it was the company’s halo car throughout the 2010s and has matured so well it still looks gorgeous today. This classic Aston Martin GT is certain to become a treasured collectable in years to come.


That it is powered by a glorious engine helps, of course. Under the long bonnet, hiding beneath two very necessary cooling grilles, is a howling 6.0-litre V12 that is impeccably smooth and sounds glorious. Performance is none too shabby either, with 573PS firing it from 0-62mph in just 4.1 seconds.


The 183mph Vanquish was the most powerful Aston Martin ever when launched. This ensures it is truly effortless when tackling the sort of drive it was designed to devour - crossing continents at high speed in total luxury.


That beautiful body conceals a more familiar-looking interior. The cabin doesn’t quite have the wow-factor of the exterior and is clearly derived from older, cheaper Astons such as the DB9 and Vantage. The sole nod to modernisation here was a ‘haptic touch’ centre console with touch-sensitive controls instead of physical buttons. The glass Aston Martin key remained at the top of the dash and an infotainment screen whirred out on start-up.


If the design is a bit uneventful, the quality certainly isn’t. This is a hand-built car that feels beautifully crafted, from the rich leather covering the seats to the beautiful stitching on the door panels. It’s a lovely car to sit in, a very special place and it’s the attention to detail that owners love.


Don’t be fooled by the fact you can get it as a 2+2, though. This is absolutely not a four-seater GT in the vein of a Bentley Continental GT. If you offered two friends a lovely touring holiday across Europe, they’d be fleeing for Eurostar before you even reached Dover.


We like the later Vanquish best: cars from summer 2014 looked visually similar, but switched the old Touchtronic 2 gearbox for a new Touchtronic 3 unit. The difference? A change from a lumpy six-speed ’box to a brilliant eight-speed automatic, which makes the Vanquish even sleeker and smoother to drive. Proof of how effective it is comes from the 0-62mph time alone. Despite having just 3PS more, it fell from 4.1 seconds to just 3.8 seconds.


The Vanquish S is the most desirable regular model. Power was hiked up to 595PS and bespoke, sportier trim was matched by more focused suspension. But if you really want the ultimate Vanquish, you need to look for a Zagato model. These custom-built versions have bespoke bodywork, a radically different appearance and are very expensive today – reflecting the list price of almost £600,000 when new.

What other cars are similar to the Aston Martin Vanquish?

The big Aston Martin GT has a big British rival in the shape of the Bentley Continental GT. That’s an even bigger and beefier car, with (just about) enough space to carry four people in proper, adult-sized rear seats (as opposed to the Aston’s rear jump seats).


If you fancy something more exotic, the Ferrari California fulfils a similar remit (and might not cost as much as you fear). The Audi R8 is a surprisingly usable supercar for daily driving, and the Mercedes-AMG GT has plenty of impact (and makes plenty of noise).


 Is the Aston Martin Vanquish right for you?

Fans of classic Aston Martins who are deterred by the more aggressive styling of newer models will find solace in the Vanquish. It’s curvaceous and alluring, yet far from ‘in your face’. It also brilliantly lives up to it's GT billing.


It’s certainly not a four-seater, so don’t think you’ll be taking others along for the ride. Instead, the Vanquish is brilliant for two people, with a luxurious interior and plentiful comfort. Even the boot is surprisingly big, so you don’t have to pack light.


The biggest grumble concerns the cabin, which doesn’t quite have the impact of the exterior. We can almost guarantee the dated infotainment system will drive you to distraction – this is one area in which modern Astons really have come on in leaps and bounds.


What’s the best Aston Martin Vanquish model/engine to choose?

Any Vanquish gets our vote. They all have that wonderful 6.0-litre V12 engine. And as a V12 is guaranteed to be special, you can’t go far wrong.


The car did improve during it's lifetime, though, particularly with the arrival of the Touchtronic 3 gearbox. This is much better and is worth searching for. The Vanquish S offers more power and sportier focus, but you won’t feel short-changed if you stick with the regular car.


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