• Lamborghini Aventador
    The Lamborghini Aventador replaced the long-lived Murcielago
  • The 'Y' graphic in the headlights is a standout design feature
  • Five-spoke alloy wheels measure 19in at the front and 20in at the rear
  • The Aventador is surprisingly refined, most of the time
  • The Aventador's dials look like they've been lifted from a fighter jet
  • With a long enough straight, the Aventador will reach 217mph
  • The old Bizzarrini V12 has been replaced by an all-new unit
  • The Aventador may look more dramatic than other recent Lambos, but most of the time it is undramatic to drive
  • The Aventador feels more mature but more usable than the Murcielago
  • Few would argue that the Aventador is one of the wildest-looking cars currently on sale

All mid-engined V12 Lambos of the past 40 years have had scissor doors, a tradition the Lamborghini Aventador is not about to break.

They draw gasps from your passenger but offer only rather awkward access to the interior and an inelegant escape during which the tall must take care not to crack their cranium on the upswept edge of the door.

Nic Cackett

Road tester
You flip a red metal flap to access the starter button. A pointless gimmick or harmless piece of theatre? We think the latter.

Once inside, however, there is a feast for your eyes in the form of a TFT instrument panel that looks like a refugee from some abandoned skunkworks fighter aircraft. And unlike most eye-catching instruments, this one also really works. So it’s such a shame to see a central navigation display plundered from a previous-generation Audi A4, along with its barely disguised MMI switchgear.

When Ferrari created the 456 in 1992, it threw away all the visible Fiat parts bin components that had so blighted their interiors for years, but 20 years on and despite that colossal list price, it’s a lead Lamborghini appears disinclined to follow.

But at least it means the cabin is easy to understand and operate. And while the Aventador’s brand new design has not brought a perfect driving position (we’d have preferred a touch more longitudinal travel on both the seat runners and steering wheel), visibility is surprisingly good, given how low and wide it is.

Boot space is impressive, too, but storage opportunities on board are negligible. The glovebox is minuscule and there’s a lidded box between the seats that provides somewhere to put the disappointingly obviously Audi key but little else.

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