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Bentley vs Aston Martin

Bentley vs Aston Martin

Posted On 19 Jan, 2015

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When it comes to the British high end Car market, one common debate is to pick the winner between Bentley and Aston Martin.

Very often, there’s no clear victor in this battle. At this price range, whichever model comes out on top is likely to depend more on personal choice than any clear, obvious advantages or hang ups.
Nonetheless, there are some areas for comparison.

When it comes to performance, the Le Mans 24 hour victories give Bentley the advantage. Bentley is ranked fifth with six wins over the years. Aston Martin only managed success back in 1959, despite a podium finish in 2006.
Sometimes price can be a useful differentiator. One web survey matched a Continental GT against a Vantage. Both scored exactly 7.8 overall, but the Vantage came out some £50,000 cheaper.

Top Gear is famous for matching off highbred badges against one another. In a recent test, it wrote that the Aston Virage Volante came off badly. Matched in a competition with the Bentley GTC and the SLS Roadster, Top Gear’s team said:

‘The Virage looks and sounds delicious, but alongside the Bentley and Merc, it feels like a revamp of an old classic rather than a new cutting-edge supercar.’ At around £165,000 that’s not a very auspicious description.

More recently, in August 2014, another review compared an Aston Martin DB9 with a Bentley Continental GT Speed. This comparison found that Bentley came out on top in terms of the power statistics. Apparently the engine is quiet too.
However, the more worrying element found on pausing the Bentley’s brake discs turned out to actually be on fire, which is far from a promising sign. Then again, it also suggested that the Aston’s features felt some three to four years out of date.

According to the review, while Bentley is more luxurious and superb for the man about town, Aston was found to be better for driving roads.

It really goes to prove it’s not about Bentley vs Aston. It’s just about which suits particular drivers best. And someone who can afford a high end model from either, has plenty of time to test and find out at their leisure.

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