Lamborghini Aventador

The Essentials

  • Price from £242,280
  • What Car? says: 4 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 16.4mpg
  • What is it? A supercar that will get you noticed every time you pop out for a pint of milk.

Great

  • How fast? It's an instant adrenaline shot
  • Every journey will feel like a fabulous event
  • Looks amazing

Gripes

  • We wouldn't complain if the engine sounded more ferocious
  • Getting comfortable isn't easy and rear visibility is poor
  • A Ferrari offers just as much fun with fewer drawbacks
  • Drive

    Want to feel like a human cannonball? This is your chance

  • Inside

    Rear visibility is awful but there's plenty of seat adjustment

  • Safety

    Six airbags and lots of clever electronics to help keep you safe

  • Reliability

    Should be top-notch

  • Space

    Two adults will have plenty of space but the luggage might feel short-changed

  • Standard and extras

    Only real omission is electric seat adjustment - options let you personalise it to your heart's content

  • What's it like to drive?

    As you'd guess from the way it looks, this is one seriously quick car. It will rocket you from 0-60mph in just 2.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 217mph. Throw in the accurate steering and agile handling and it's a real blast to drive - as long as you can put up with the unforgiving ride. The engine sounds great, although die-hard Lambo fans might wish it a little more savage, and it does at least cover up the roaring sound of the tyres on the road.

  • What's it like inside?

    There's plenty of seat adjustment in the Aventador and seeing forwards is no problem. Unfortunately the pedals are offset and travel in reverse is best avoided because the view out of the back is appalling. The scissor doors look great and are relatively easy to use, while there is plenty of space for two inside. That's as long as neither plans to bring much luggage  there are few storage cubbies in the cabin and the boot is largely ornamental. The interior decor owes a lot to the car's Audi parentage and most equipment comes as standard. You'll need to pay extra for electric seat adjustment, while there are plenty of options to up the price.

  • How reliable is it?

    We don't expect the Aventador to pose reliability issues and it feels built to last. Plenty of electronic safety systems should keep you out of trouble, while six airbags are standard.

  • Should I buy one?

    Buying an Aventador is one thing - running it will be just as expensive. Drive it the way it's designed to be driven (even if that means building your own race-track) and you'll be lucky to hit 10mpg. Blown the budget? The good news is that you'll be able to sell it on to another eager wannabe Lambo owner.