2021 Aston Martin Vantage

MSRP range: $161,000
Edmunds suggests you pay$164,086

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2021 Aston Martin Vantage video

SPEAKER: When you fall in love, it's important to focus on more than just good looks. It's what's inside that matters. With that in mind, ignore for a second that the 2020 Aston Martin Vantage AMR is mad sexy, because remember, it's what's inside that matters. And what's inside is a four liter, twin turbo V8 backed by a seven speed manual transmission. You gotta love that. Let's see if it drives as good as it looks. What's the point of a sports car? Well, it should be fast enough to make your passenger question their decision to ride with you. But it should also be nimble enough that after that first turn, the passenger sits back and enjoys the ride. Oh, and it should stand out in a crowd. That last one is where the 2020 Aston Martin Vantage has a dog leg up on the competition. In a sea of Corvettes, Porsches, and even F-TYPE Jaguars, the Vantage offers distinctive and highly customizable exteriors and interiors. Aston is hoping the combination of modern styling with brand legacy will make the Vantage appeal to collectors, racers, and daily drivers. AMR is Aston Martin's performance brand, similar to AMG for Mercedes or M for BMW. While AMR has done power upgrades to previous Aston models, the modifications to the Vantage are primarily cosmetic, although they do include standard carbon ceramic brakes and numerous comfort and tech options that would normally only be available as packages on the base model car. Aston wants you to feel like you're getting your money's worth for $179,000. For 2020, the Vantage is available with a manual. Those three pedals are there, closely spaced and nicely height matched for those who like to keep their heel-toe skills in shape. Of course, the car's happy to rev match for you if you're not in the mood. Let's back up, or more accurately, move forward, into the engine bay. The Vantage engine in the manual AMR is the same as in the automatic car-- a twin turbo, four liter V8 from Mercedes AMG GT. Offering 503 horsepower, this potent eight-pack will take the Vantage from zero to 60 in 3.9 seconds and tops out at 200 miles per hour, which by the way, is five more than the automatic version, because it has different gearing in the transmission and the differential. But the acceleration to get there is just a smidge longer. From the outside, the Vantage is appropriately snarly. But inside the cabin, it's civilized aside from a light snick-snick of the shifter and the occasional cherry bomb of an exhaust pop on deceleration. Aston is using the Graziano seven speed it used in previous Vantage manuals, notable for its race car inspired, dogleg shift pattern. Instead of an H pattern where first goes to second, in a dogleg first is off to the side and second goes straight back to third. It's faster on a race track where you don't really need first that often. Once you're on the road, both engine and suspension can be adjusted in one of three modes-- Sport, Sport Plus, and Track. Changing modes affects the throttle response, the traction control, and the chassis damping. The car is firmly sprung even in its street driving setup, leaving little reason to change suspension settings on the street. But if you change the engine modes, ooh, it's hooin' in heaven. It really gets louder in the Sport Plus and Track modes. Like many contemporary performance cars, the sophistication of the tuning makes the Aston fast and safe in its base mode. But it also deadens some of that old school edginess of having a high horsepower machine. The Sport Plus setting has a more aggressive throttle mapping and a less attentive wheel spin monitor. Aston's chief engineer Matt Becker described it as more urgent. We'd call it the tire, smoke, and trouble setting. The manual car removes almost 210 pounds compared to the automatic due to the lighter transmission and standard carbon ceramic brakes. The springs are lighter in the rear. The roll bar is stiffer to make up from the switch from an electronic differential to a mechanical limited-slip rear. And the dampers were revalved and retuned. Even the brake booster was redone to allow for a more subtle heel-toe experience. The resulting car feels well matched and is comfortable to drive while offering all the terror you'd want from a stick shift V8 with just a click and a hold of the ESP Stability Control button. You might be tempted to choose the AMR model not just for its manual transmission but also because it's only available for 2020 in just five design specs, so you don't have to make so many decisions. One of those special editions, the Vantage 59, celebrates Aston Martin's 1959 win of the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Those are sold out, which makes for even fewer hard choices. Materials in the Vantage are top notch-- soft leathers and even softer Alcantara with smoky, brushed metal accents and glowing glass buttons that are half spaceship and half grandma's prized crystal. It's a little busy in the center, what with all the buttons and knobs and dials. And if you don't take advantage for the options of bright accents and trims, it's dark as the mine in a Johnny Cash song. Comfort wise, the Vantage is best for folks of middle stature who will have the most headroom and the most visibility around the front roof pillar. But even those on the higher and lower rungs of the ladder will be able to adjust the seat to a usable driving position. While memory seats are standard, heated 16-way adjustable seats are an option. And they're well worth it if you're a tall or short buyer, or if you just like a warm bum. As a daily driver, the Vantage is conveniently sized. And a combination of big mirrors and a wonderfully clear 360 and backup camera make parking and maneuvering easier than one would expect from a sporty car. Don't go looking for too many modern minivan driver helpers, though. While the Vantage does offer optional blindspot warnings and parking sensors, you're on your own as far as things like adaptive cruise control or lane keeping. This is a hands on the wheel kind of car. Infotainment, like the engine, is based on a Mercedes Benz design. And it's quick if not as intuitive as we'd hope. For example, skipping songs while also using the in-car navigation requires multiple taps, pulls, and twists of the center joystick. That quibble aside, the 8-inch touch screen is clear and easy to reach. And Bluetooth, navigation, and USB ports are standard. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not available-- sorry. The whole point of the Vantage with its manual transmission and grumbling V8 is to entertain yourself while driving-- somewhat of a rare focus in today's automotive market. Cars, even sports cars, are safer and more reliable than ever before. But if we go back to what they should be-- a little scary, a little challenging, a way to stand out from the crowd-- not many fulfill that promise. Choosing a three-pedal car these days makes no sense, because performance automatics are faster and get better mileage. But in a world of smart tech and self-driving, it's almost nice to be able to miss a shift now and then. It's like the car needs you. And who doesn't want to feel needed? The manual Vantage is worthy of your love. If you're shopping for a sports car or a minivan, visit us at Edmunds. We can help you. And if you like this video, subscribe. Ooh, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

2020 Aston Martin Vantage Review and Test Drive

NOTE: This video is about the 2020 Aston Martin Vantage, but since the 2021 Aston Martin Vantage is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.


Is the Aston Martin Vantage a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Vantage both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.1 out of 10. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Aston Martin Vantage. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Aston Martin Vantage?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Aston Martin Vantage:

  • Seven-speed manual transmission available in non-AMR Vantage Coupe
  • No other significant changes
  • Part of the new Vantage generation that debuted in 2019
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Is the Aston Martin Vantage reliable?

To determine whether the Aston Martin Vantage is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Vantage. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Vantage's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Aston Martin Vantage a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Aston Martin Vantage is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Vantage and gave it a 7.1 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Vantage is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Aston Martin Vantage?

The least-expensive 2021 Aston Martin Vantage is the 2021 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $161,000.

Other versions include:

  • Roadster 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $161,000
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What are the different models of Aston Martin Vantage?

If you're interested in the Aston Martin Vantage, the next question is, which Vantage model is right for you? Vantage variants include Roadster 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of Vantage models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Aston Martin Vantage

2021 Aston Martin Vantage Overview

The 2021 Aston Martin Vantage is offered in the following submodels: Vantage Coupe, Vantage Convertible. Available styles include Roadster 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A), 2dr Coupe (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A), and 2dr Coupe (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7M). Aston Martin Vantage models are available with a 4.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 503 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Aston Martin Vantage comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic, 7-speed manual. The 2021 Aston Martin Vantage comes with a 3 yr./ unlimited mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 3 yr./ unlimited mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Aston Martin Vantage?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Aston Martin Vantage and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Vantage.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Aston Martin Vantage and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Vantage featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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What's a good price for a New 2021 Aston Martin Vantage?

2021 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A)

Which 2021 Aston Martin Vantages are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Aston Martin Vantage?

2021 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)

2021 Aston Martin Vantage 2dr Coupe (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
20 compined MPG,
18 city MPG/24 highway MPG

2021 Aston Martin Vantage 2dr Coupe (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7M), 7-speed manual, premium unleaded (recommended)
17 compined MPG,
14 city MPG/21 highway MPG

Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainrear wheel drive
Displacement4.0 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase106.5 in.
Length175.8 in.
Height50.1 in.
Curb WeightN/A

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Aston Martin Vantage?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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