It is an odd effect of Aston Martin interiors that you can simultaneously be taken by the appearance and sensations brought by the high-class leather, glass buttons and general luxury, and also be disappointed by the plastic indicator stalks and the cheap feel of some switchgear.
Every Aston Martin currently in production has been criticised for parts of its interior finish, and the Virage is no exception.
Elements of it have been improved drastically, most notably the new high-definition sat-nav system, which has been co-developed with Garmin. But beyond this, the Virage’s interior is remarkably similar to those of the rest of the Aston range.
It’s the same central unit in which a glass key is placed to start the car, the same big, square air vents and the same not-quite-good-enough rotating dials and unintuitive wheel-mounted buttons.
The gripes don’t end there. Oddly, the Volante must be had as a 2+2 - the coupé can be had with either seats or a parcel shelf in the rear of the cabin.
Because of the more restrictive roof on the Volante, the rear seats are unusable for anything with legs and a head. Still, they make for useful luggage space, which you’ll need.