Aston Martin Rapide Review | Cars | CNET UK

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Aston Martin Rapide


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When we heard Aston Martin was a four-door supercar known as the we weren’t terribly happy. It as if the company was turning its precious one of the most beautiful automobiles into a hideously deformed — all in the name of practicality. To us, like sewing pockets on to face — you end up with slightly more useful, but at cost?

Having driven one in the world, we’re happy to the Rapide is not, in fact, a monstrosity. On the contrary, it’s one of the prettiest cars on the road — particularly from the and rear. These pictures do it justice, but in the metal, the Rapide cause children you’ve met to hug your shins and call you or Daddy.

Those rear doors open to reveal a pair of rear seats that down to extend boot from 301 litres, to a Volvo-rivalling 750 They’re also a surprisingly place to rest one’s buttocks, provided the owner of buttocks isn’t over 5ft 10 tall and doesn’t mind the inward-sloping window frame the driver makes a sharp

The Rapide’s extra girth has Aston Martin with the to furnish the car with a smorgasbord of Those sat in the back can busy with the rear-seat entertainment which consists of a pair of displays mounted on the headrests, an remote control for independently what’s on each screen, and a of wireless headphones that your passengers to listen to a soundtrack to the one being played the car’s loudspeakers.

Sadly, Martin’s missed a trick The Rapide doesn’t have the of a TV tuner, neither analogue nor Instead, occupants are restricted to DVDs — via the in-dash changer up front — or their own video sources via two video inputs located the rear seats.

There’s no video playback of any to be had in the front, but driver and passenger can themselves them with the stunning Bang Olufsen system. A £3,000 extra on the this audio setup of a 1,000W amplifier and a whopping 15 It’s not all about sheer grunt, though — the BO forte is its ability to deliver a of tonal precision not seen the … of Pavarotti, a level reserved for high-end home setups.

We’ll go out on a limb and say not quite as breath-taking as the Burmester system in the rival Porsche but it does have its moments. a very good level of (once you manually crank up the and the sound is well balanced, lots of detail that be inaudible on lesser systems. include an AM/FM radio, the CD/DVD changer, an iPod and a USB port that reads MP3 and WMA

The absence of a DAB radio receiver is conspicuous.

The Bang Olufsen setup’s party piece is its acoustic lenses — that rise and fall from the dashboard. Even play second fiddle to its technology, however, which the sound on different areas of the depending on where passengers are If you’re driving up front it’ll adjust the soundstage, the music seemingly at your

Should you have passengers Rapide checks to see which of the is in use to determine the location of occupants) the is readjusted to focus audio in the of all occupants.

The Rapide’s sat-nav is a surprise. It’s essentially the unit we saw in the Aston Martin but its software has been updated, it much less of a nuisance. It now six-digit postcode entry, has navigation and runs off a hard making route calculation and lightning quick.

The system has its share of usability quirks no off button, for example — you to press the ‘Nav’ and ‘back’ to switch the system off) but on the it’s a major improvement on the setup.

All the extra room in the makes it ideal fodder for a shedload of gizmos, but that is, in principle, detrimental to the car’s and performance. Indeed, our overriding of the Rapide was that it was rather in comparison to other Aston Its suspension is soft and forgiving, its light and its accelerator so progressive and it’s easy to forget a 470bhp V12 engine under the

That all changes, however, you hit two innocuous-looking buttons on the dash. One the suspension to become noticeably firm, allowing the Rapide to with more stability and at speeds. The other, marked sharpens the throttle response, the engine more eager to rev and the Touchtronic 2 six-speed automatic to change up a little later, out extra speed.

Aston Martin Rapide

The Rapide quite as agile as a DB9 or DBS, but these modes active, it does feel and sound bit the supercar, dispatching 0-60mph in 5 …, and racing up to a maximum of

It’s fair to say that driven the Rapide, we’ve revised our opinions. The transition two doors to four could been painful, but this car has very few of the traits that an Aston Martin so desirable. If looking for a car that can transport adults at speeds approaching (and aren’t we all?) thing should be at the very top of list.

Aston Martin stats

Top speed: 184mph

0-60mph in 5 seconds

Max power:

Economy: 19mpg (combined

Price: £139,950

Aston Martin Rapide
Aston Martin Rapide
Aston Martin Rapide

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