Despite the revisions to this car, what’s good about the Aston Rapide S are the very things that made it good in 2010.

So we like the design, the drive and the feeling that it is built with care. And the things that irritated us then are still its shortcomings today – its rear volume, some road noise and the fiddly interior.

Small changes keep the Aston desirable

Things have changed, then, but they’ve also stayed the same. Somebody should write a cliché about that. Perhaps in French.

That being the case, our verdict now is much as it was three years ago: if you are able to cope with its accommodation limitations, you’ll love it the Aston Martin Rapide S.

It’s a beautifully styled and brilliantly accomplished four-door GT, but now looks a bit old hat and compromised when you consider the second generation Porsche Panamera.

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