There are just two issues we have with the Aston Martin Rapide, one of which is more serious than the other. The first is its price, which looks worryingly high beside that of the Porsche Panamera. The second is the relative lack of space provided by its rear seats and to a lesser extent its boot. Although those rear quarters are sumptuously trimmed, spacious they are not – especially if anyone approaching six foot tall is attempting to sit behind someone of similar build. At least Aston offers a range of child seats for the Rapide, which is more in keeping with the passenger space in the back.

In the end, the space issue is something that will either put people off simply because they are too tall to fit into the car, or it won’t bother them one iota because they do fit the car.

Delightful details abound around the cabin and build quality is top-notch. However, those delightful dials may impress at first sight, but they’re not as easy to read on the move as they should be.

The rest of the Rapide, though, is breathtakingly good. It may not be as fast as a Panamera Turbo in a straight line but, aforementioned space issues aside, it’s the better car overall. One that Aston Martin should be rightly proud of

The most elegant four-door sports car in the world? You bet it is, and then some.