2021 Aston Martin Vantage Convertible

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What’s new

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

Pros & Cons

  • Potent 503-horsepower V8
  • Available manual transmission
  • Guaranteed exclusivity
  • Interior lacks the polish and presentation of rivals
  • Infotainment tech is outdated
  • Cabin can be noisy on less than perfect roads
  • Ride quality feels constantly busy
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2021 Aston Martin Vantage Review

The Vantage is the entry point to the world of Aston Martin but should in no way be considered entry-level. It's equipped with a 503-horsepower turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 and your choice of either a seven-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic transmission. Handling is crisp, and when equipped with the optional manual transmission, the overall mood is one of engagement and exclusivity.

The Vantage comes well equipped from the start, and options are largely focused on personalization with a wealth of paint options and interior color combinations. The Aston Martin bridges the gap between cars like the Jaguar F-Type SVR and the Bentley Continental GT, offering a mix of off-the-shelf performance hardware and bespoke customization. Other close competitors include the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Coupe and the Porsche 911 Carrera S.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
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Our verdict

7.1 / 10
The Aston Martin Vantage draws you in with the allure of exclusivity, powerful styling and a rich history. But the Vantage's clumsy interior design and hand-me-down tech interface are near mortal wounds at this price. It's occasionally riotous fun and occasionally special and luxurious. But the Vantage never feels like a cohesive package, and it lacks the direction and refinement that all of its main rivals possess in spades.

How does it drive?

7.5
We tested the Vantage Roadster. It backs up its evocative styling with solid straight-line punch and a muscular soundtrack. We launched the Aston Martin to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and saw it rip through the quarter-mile in 11.8 seconds at nearly 120 mph. Those numbers are fairly standard for this impressive class but that doesn't make them any less intoxicating. Braking numbers were equally as impressive: The Aston stopped from 60 mph with authority and consistency in just 100 feet.

Handling leaves a little to be desired. The steering is overly light no matter what mode you select, and the tires aren't up to managing both the speed and weight of the Vantage Roadster over longer stretches of a twisty road.

It's a solid everyday driver, however. Thanks to its bountiful low-end torque, the Vantage can effortlessly dawdle around at city speeds. The transmission's shifts are smooth, but you'll want to shut off the auto engine stop-start feature. The restarts are loud and clumsy.

How comfortable is it?

7.5
The seats are exceptionally comfortable and supportive. They also have adjustments aplenty so most everyone can be comfortable. We wish the center air vents offered as much adjustability since they never really directed enough air directly at the passengers. The climate control does work well enough with the top up, but the small buttons are fussy and tough to read at a quick glance.

Road noise from the high-performance tires is definitely noticeable but shouldn't put off buyers used to cars of this nature. But the ride quality spoils the experience the most. The Vantage lacks the comfort, refinement and body control we celebrate in similar vehicles such as the BMW M8.

How’s the interior?

6.5
If the squared-off steering wheel doesn't get your immediate attention, the dense collection of buttons in the center of the dashboard certainly will. The climate control buttons crowd one another and demand second glances to ensure proper selection. The buttons that closely surround the infotainment control knob affect its usability too. The column-mounted shift paddles are wonderful, but the left paddle crowds the turn signal, cruise control and steering wheel adjustment stalks.

The doors open with a slight upward angle, helping to clear high curbs and making the Vantage fairly easy to get in and out of in tighter spots. Once inside, taller drivers and passengers will have ample legroom but might very well run out of headroom. The surround-view camera system is very helpful, especially when you select the forward-looking lens since it aids in pulling the Vantage up against a curb without touching it.

How’s the tech?

6.0
It's clear Aston Martin doesn't have a lot to work with. The infotainment system is based on a previous-generation Mercedes-Benz system, and somehow the company's designers made things worse than they had to be. From the temporary-looking placement of the modestly sized screen to the control knob that doesn't have enough room around the sides for effective operation, the Vantage is sure to disappoint anyone comfortable with its German rivals. 

On a positive note, our test car's premium audio system was excellent, with good power and clarity. But the lack of Android Auto smartphone integration (there is Apple CarPlay) and a stodgy Bluetooth audio interface are disappointing in a car so costly. The Vantage lacks the latest advanced driver aids, too. Blind-spot monitoring and a good surround-view camera system are helpful, but adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning are unavailable.

How’s the storage?

7.5
The Vantage Roadster benefits from a compact convertible roof. That helps keep the truck's capacity (7 cubic feet) the same whether the top is up or down. Lined in plush carpeting, the trunk can easily hold a golf bag or a week's worth of groceries without issue. By comparison, the BMW M8 convertible offers a larger trunk (12.4 cubic feet) but sacrifices most of that when you lower the top.

There's ample interior storage space as well, but it's not always the most convenient. The center console sports small cupholders and a storage area capable of holding two pairs of sunglasses. Between the seatbacks is a sizable bin large enough to hold two baseball hats. But that bin requires quite the upper-body twist to reach into and can be finicky to open.

How economical is it?

8.0
The EPA estimates the Vantage Roadster will get 20 mpg in combined driving (18 city/24 highway), which is very good for an high-end luxury sports car. We saw a credible 20.7 mpg over our 115-mile evaluation route that includes some sections of aggressive driving as well as plenty of freeway mileage.

Is it a good value?

7.5
Buyers with the budget to purchase the Vantage are likely looking for exclusivity, high-quality materials and all the modern features. The Vantage certainly delivers exclusivity but trails most of the competition on the latter qualities. Our Vantage Roadster test car stickered close to $200,000 and lacked features we'd expect, such as carbon-ceramic brakes, most advanced driver aids and a thoroughly modern infotainment system. The exclusivity promised by the Aston Martin might simply not be enough for most buyers.

Warranties are short in term, just three years of both powertrain and bumper to bumper coverage, but are long on distance, with unlimited mileage for both. The same goes for roadside assistance. Aston Martin does not offer free maintenance.

Wildcard

7.5
It's tough to judge if Aston Martin really knows what it wants out of the Vantage Roadster. Neither pure sports car nor luxury grand-touring car, it inhabits a sort of luxury no-man's land. Buyers hoping for an aggressive, edgy performance experience promised by the exterior styling will find the light steering and only slightly above-average performance somewhat underwhelming. Likewise, buyers after a bespoke luxury experience will balk at the high levels of road noise and jittery ride and find the technologic hand-me-downs off-putting.

Which Vantage does Edmunds recommend?

It's hard to go wrong with any of the available stand-alone options. Our Vantage would be equipped with the seven-speed manual transmission and a set of custom luggage (because why not?). As for the various option packages, we'd keep ours without for the most straightforward performance experience.

2021 Aston Martin Vantage models

The 2021 Vantage is available as either a coupe or a convertible (the Roadster). It has no trim levels but instead offers personalization through a multitude of paint and interior trim colors. Some features are bundled with option packages. Standard equipment is on par with competitors and highlight features include:

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Mechanical features include:

  • 503-horsepower turbocharged 4.0-liter V8
  • Seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Adaptive suspension

Inside, the Vantage comes with:

  • Generous leather appointments
  • 8.0-inch infotainment screen
  • Navigation system
  • Power-adjustable seats with memory settings

Option packages include various styling, tech and comfort features:

  • Sport Plus Pack
  • Exterior Black Pack
  • Tech Pack
  • Comfort Pack

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    Features & Specs

    Roadster 2dr Convertible features & specs
    Roadster 2dr Convertible
    4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A
    MSRP$161,000
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 2
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower503 hp @ 6000 rpm
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite Vantage safety features:

    Anti-Lock Brakes
    Help the driver maintain control under heavy braking.
    Parking Distance Display
    Aids in tight parking situations, helping the driver judge the distance between the car and an obstacle.
    Dynamic Torque Vectoring
    Assists the driver by applying more power to the wheel with maximum traction during cornering and acceleration.

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    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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