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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
the sport seats are so spine-unfriendly they should come with free massage coupons
the ride of the 2009 Aston Martin V8 Vantage is stiff like you would expect a proper sports car to be
leather just about everywhere that aluminum and high-quality matte-finish plastics aren’t
The quality of materials in the 2009 Aston Martin Vantage is on par with its price tag, but there’s a question about the comfort level not matching the car’s upgraded performance.
“The moment you sweep open the V8 Vantage’s ‘swan wing’ doors, you know you’re about to climb into something special. The Vantage’s interior, generously swathed with soft leather and buttery Alcantara, was put together with great care. It’s sumptuous,” declares Popular Mechanics.
About the convertible, Automobile.com reports that, “with the top down the wind can be felt, but the V8 Vantage Roadster is very well isolated compared to some of its premium rivals.” Popular Mechanics says "there’s a bit of road noise that makes it into the cabin at highway velocities” of the coupe, “but never enough to make the Vantage feel noisy, or worse, uncivilized.”
It’s the Vantage’s seats that leave some reviewers in discomfort. “One improvement we'd like to see is more supportive seats to match the upgraded performance,” suggests Automobile.com. “Aston offers aggressive yet cosseting one-piece carbon-fiber sports seat in the DBS in Europe but they aren't available in the USA due to the lack of side airbags.” Motor Trend agrees, saying, “the sport seats are so spine-unfriendly they should come with free massage coupons.” However, NADA Guides finds the seats to be “supportive under hard-driving yet still comfortable.”
Automobile.com reports the cockpit is much nicer than the 2007 model “with leather just about everywhere that aluminum and high-quality matte-finish plastics aren’t.” “The center console is easily within reach and thus affords quick access to the radio, optional Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Satellite Navigation and Bluetooth phone system,” asserts NADA Guides.
Motor Trend has issues with the column-mounted shift paddles, saying they “are so small that with the wheel turned only slightly you have to move your hands to reach them.”
NADA Guides contends “the ride of the 2009 Aston Martin V8 Vantage is stiff like you would expect a proper sports car to be; however, it was never jarring or uncomfortable.”
As beautiful as the 2009 Aston Martin V8 Vantage is on the outside, there’s room for improvement inside the cabin.