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2014 Aston Martin Rapide SThis upgraded version of Aston Martin's stylish four-door is much more than just an options package.
If you look at the world's most exciting performance as you'll find that the majority of them offer doors into the states. Most of the time that's just fine but every -- again. Text friends along -- the -- or some kids or -- -- had some dogs. In -- case certainly far more comfortable with the Ford Taurus -- four -- to play would have. The problem is it's a very difficult to find -- -- -- that's worth getting excited about. But don't worry we found one for you. This is the Aston Martin repeated asked. Before in relative comfort. That's gonna even be that comes. It all sorts of fun it was just trademark Aston Martin's real which I admit it's a little bit less distinctive view basis for -- jaguar sort of premium their -- to. But it never looks better than on the front of an Aston Martin the repeat -- is significantly better looking up front of you -- repeat which had this Chrome are going across the front. And almost made it look like it had braces -- very flattering to come back and open up the front door which you can see has a little bit of an -- swept lift to it. Not quite as dramatic -- -- -- of course but gives it more clearance over the curb -- also over the bodies of fallen corporate enemies. Then there's the rear hatch which is a little bit difficult to open here but when he -- it -- get a fairly. Sizable interior if pulled down the rear seats which gives you even more storage space -- -- flat area. Not quite big enough for you to drywall maybe but a couple of -- -- -- -- -- should -- no problem at all. But of course is the rear doors that really set this car part in the receipts inside their small but they're actually quite comfortable in -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Not exactly sized for -- grown adult like myself. I can get in here and I'm reasonably comfortable but I would like a couple more inches of headroom and a little bit more legroom wouldn't hurt either. It's definitely more suited for children then for grown adults. On the rear seats here -- gods are an infotainment system -- you can get into your kids can upload their video game system into the center console. If they won't stop complaining about driving the car even comes with a wireless noise canceling headphones which -- will finally. Shut them up. So I'll start. With -- -- Aston -- key with crystal on the back -- slotted into the center console and then you're greeted with. A very nice sound indeed that's slots into what is a very nicely laid out in nice looking infotainment system. That is unfortunately totally bereft of any sort of modern technology we've got -- AM FM system from -- also was found to -- grace. These pop up tweeters that are very dramatic when they raised. The sound quality is indeed very good but ultimately is pretty limited in terms what you can do we -- am FM and Sirius of course. The CD player here and you could connect through the -- dashboard here. A USB drive he -- you or an iPod which uses a dock connector is given your iPod or iPhone you're out of -- unfortunately. There's a 3.5 millimeter line into what you want to do any Bluetooth a two DP streaming or anything like that. You are out of like you can connect your phone to the car but only for actually making phone calls that is pretty disappointing this damage I have to say. Did you move down here you can turn on the navigation system. I think that nav button. You might think you control NASA's devising this -- -- -- involves right hand between scenes but no actually that's just for the seat heater control and navigation it to reach of this large dial on the dashboard. And toggle in things like your city name. The address. Street name I'll do -- character by character letter by letter. There's no voice recognition it takes an absolute -- -- anything here so hopefully. You're only going to a few places that you can add as -- And then in the gauge cluster there are two more small displays on the left you've got your geared current speed and a -- -- cover through a couple of different things from the trip computer to your remaining range. Your current average fuel consumption which is fourteen for -- -- -- bit painful tire pressures. And -- that's about it. It's pretty disappointing for a car and 2013. -- -- -- repeated as offer that the original reviews of a couple of years ago -- us. What we stepped up about eighty horsepower and it's time for a 550. Which is pretty healthy at the V twelve. It's also very thirsty for the EPA rates this is thirteen miles per gallon city in nineteen highway. Our testing which included a mixture of both found this coming in much closer to the low end of the scale. Just over fourteen miles per gallon that brings a zero to sixty time down under five seconds for the right things to be important part of this category. Though it's not in the heart accelerating our and that way it's got more of a -- bush which means you're -- read it. Just -- nice so we're gonna complain get a nice improvement is adjustable suspension by pressing this button here you go from a cover vote all the way up to attract mode. Driven funny cars -- the suspension really doesn't make that much of a difference. But here is very noticeable if you go through the different modes -- -- -- now a bumpy road is actually quite comfortable. But hold the button down for four seconds going to track mode it's very very tight indeed we've actually had the opportunity to take it out on track it's a surprisingly well. -- -- Aston Martin repeat guests will set you back just under 200000 dollars but -- is the case with many luxury cars there are plenty of options to choose from. Many of which will quickly dropped that price much much higher. But you have to ask yourself is this a car that -- combined with hearts -- -- ahead. Did you look at this and politically cars and of course and in their ass -- -- Tesla -- -- offer great performance. And much much more intelligent interiors for less money. But this is a card -- your volume your hearts and you're looking for probably contribute fall in love with the this is a pretty difficult Samsung's resist.