Aston Martin Vantage review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs
You’ll need deep pockets to run a Vantage, but it’s no worse than other cars in its class
It’s a fair bet that, if you were worried about fuel economy, then you wouldn’t really be considering an Aston Martin Vantage. However, it’s reasonably economical, recording an official combined figure of 26.8mpg; although, if you use even a modest amount of the performance on offer or venture into town centres on a regular basis, then you won’t come anywhere near this figure. If you’re after the best economy from a sports car, you’d be better off looking at the Porsche 911 which has always had an uncanny knack of being relatively frugal, despite the performance on offer.
With an emissions figure of 245g/km the Vantage is not exactly company car-friendly, either, sitting firmly in the top 37 per cent Benefit-in-Kind tax bracket. And as it has a price way over the £40,000 VED threshold, it will cost you £450 a year for road tax.
With its high initial purchase price, the performance on offer and the potential for high-cost repairs to its bonded aluminium structure in the event of an accident, it’s no surprise that the Aston Martin Vantage sits in the top insurance group, group 50. However, to be fair, we should point out that all of its competitors sit in the same insurance group. As is the case with the majority of ultra-high performance cars, you may also find that your insurers insist you fit a Thatcham approved tracking system, especially if you live in an area where car thefts are common.
It’s a little early to predict how the Aston Martin Vantage will depreciate, but traditionally the company’s cars do lose value quite quickly. Only time will tell if the new Vantage will follow this pattern.
In this review
- 1Aston Martin Vantage reviewThe Aston Martin Vantage blends modern styling with a Mercedes-AMG V8 and is one of the most appealing cars in its class
- 2Engines, performance and driveStrong pace is matched with excellent refinement and entertaining, involving handling
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingYou’ll need deep pockets to run a Vantage, but it’s no worse than other cars in its class
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Vantage blends traditional craftsmanship with modern hi-tech materials and technology
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Vantage has a roomy cockpit and an excellent boot, so it’s surprisingly practical
- 6Reliability and SafetyWith tried and tested Mercedes-AMG running gear, the Vantage is expected to be reliable