The DB11 Volante has a 2+2 seating arrangement, but only the front seats are suitable for adults. Like the exterior, the stylish cabin makes a superb first impression with its classy digital dials and the standard full-grain leather upholstery covering the seats and door panels. Upon closer inspection, there are some switches that don't feel as solid as they should, but build quality is robust for the most part. Standard features include power-adjustable front seats with a memory function, power-folding exterior mirrors that are also heated, front and rear parking sensors, and dual-zone automatic climate control. An electronic instrument cluster is fitted, although one does miss Aston's classy older analog dials. Overall, it's a great cabin and it can be customized to meet each buyer's specific tastes.
Like the coupe, the DB11 Volante retains a 2+2 seating arrangement, but there is so little space at the back that these seats should be considered little more than a secondary leather-lined trunk. The driver and front-seat passenger will have little to complain about, though, as the leather chairs offer power-adjustment with memory settings, heating, and enough space. Ingress and egress in front are fuss-free, but getting into the back (if you can even fit) will be more of an issue. The driving position is great, although visibility out of the tiny back window (with the roof up) is only average.
|Aston Martin DB11 Volante Trims||V8 Volante|
As standard, the Aston Martin DB11 Volante gets a full-grain leather interior with color-keyed door/center console inserts in leather as well. The Alcantara headlining and the eight-layer fabric top also evoke an impression of quality. Delve into Aston Martin's configurator, and you can choose from Create, Accelerate, or Inspire environments that come in monotone or duotone flavors. The Inspire environment also gets a light duotone option. Well over 20 different colors are on offer, including Dark Mocha, Obsidian Black, Spicy Red, Californian Poppy, Indigo Blue, Ivory, and Honey Gold. Quilted upholstery and a choice of colors for the seats and carpets ensure that there is a bewildering variety of interior permutations. The trim inlays are no less lavish, comprising choices like Piano Black, Dyed Tamo Open Pore, and Satin Chopped Carbon.
Measuring 9.5 cubic feet, the Volante's trunk can accommodate around four carry-on cases. This isn't exceptional, but it'll do for most daily needs. When the trunk won't suffice, at least the back seats provide some additional storage space. Aston Martin also provides a four-piece luggage set to make full use of the available space, as an optional extra.
In-cabin storage isn't anything special for a grand tourer, and the slow electric operation of the center console lid can frustrate. There are cupholders as well as front door pockets, but these are slim so larger items will need to be tossed onto the back seat.
|Aston Martin DB11 Volante Trims||V8 Volante|
|Trunk Volume||9.5 cu. ft.|
The partnership with Daimler doesn't mean that the DB11 Volante is equipped to the same standard as the discontinued Mercedes-Benz S-Class Convertible, but it does get most of the essential comfort features expected of a modern GT. The leather seats are heated and power-adjustable in front, and also have memory functions for quickly calling up your favored seating position. This memory system is also integrated with the power-folding and heated side mirrors. The front center armrest has a power-sliding cover, although its slow operation occasionally annoys. Keyless entry and go provide added convenience, and the digital instrument cluster brings Aston's convertible into the modern era. Front, side, and knee airbags cater to occupant safety. There is also tire pressure monitoring, front/rear parking sensors, and a 360-degree camera system.
Using an older version of Mercedes' COMAND system, the DB11's infotainment offering is fair but lags behind Mercedes' own newer offerings and the likes of BMW's iDrive. Capacitive switches are linked to an eight-inch LCD screen along with an AM/FM radio, satellite radio, navigation, USB playback, and Bluetooth phone/audio streaming. iPod and iPhone integration is included, but both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are missing. The standard six-speaker Aston Martin audio system can be optionally upgraded to either an Aston Martin premium audio system or a 13-channel, seven-speaker Bang & Olufsen BeoSound unit. An optional touch pad can be specified to control infotainment functions.