Aston’s drop-top stunner

Cars don’t get any more seductive than an Aston Martin convertible, says Jack Rix in AutoExpress. And the new Aston Martin Vanquish Volante is “one of the most elegant cars on the road”.

In fact, “if looks were everything, the Vanquish Volante would have a valid case for being the best car in the world”. It’s also surprisingly practical – the 279-litre boot (it’s the same with the roof up or down) is twice as big as the DBS Volante’s and 19 litres bigger than a Bentley Continental GTC’s – and the “monstrous” 6.0-litre V12 engine has “a volume and richness of sound that are out of this world”.

And although it’s not as mind-bendingly fast as a Ferrari, say, it will still effortlessly take you from rest to 62mph in 4.1 seconds and onto a top speed of 183mph.

It’ll cost you a fiver under £200,000, which is steep, says Henry Catchpole in Evo. That puts it in roughly the same territory as a Ferrari 458 Spider and a McLaren 12C Spider.

It’s more of a fast grand tourer than either of those supercars though – not an “out-and-out hardcore thrill-seeker”.

That said, it is still great to drive: the steering is “beautifully accurate”, and the performance “stunningly quick between the corners”. And it sounds unlike anything else on the road – its distinguished burble is unmistakeably Aston.

Price: £199,995
Engine: 6.0-litre V12
Power: 565bhp
Top speed: 183mph
0-62mph: 4.1 seconds
Economy: 19.6mpg (estimated)