Interior and tech
Inside, the Vantage takes a radical departure from its predecessor. Gone are the analogue dials and creaky, outdated infotainment system, to be replaced with bold design and cutting edge kit. There’s a configurable TFT screen ahead of the driver, while the infotainment system is pure Mercedes (as is the single stalk controller for the indicators, wipers and main beam).
The rest of the switchgear is scattered across the wide transmission tunnel, including the starter button, which is a similar shape and size to the fan speed controller above it, resulting in the odd fumbling moment as you try to start to the car but succeed in only adjusting the air-con.
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As with the handling, early concerns over quality have largely been solved – there are still a few creaks from the leather trim but ill-fitting panels and the wind noise we noticed in early cars has now disappeared.
Practicality is good, too. The trademark hatchback means easy access to a boot that has the McLaren 540C and Audi R8 beaten for carrying capacity. The cabin is roomy as well, although it’s spoiled by poor visibility.