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Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Wraith deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Wraith’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Vanquish’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.
The Wraith has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Vanquish doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
The Rolls-Royce Wraith has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Vanquish doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.
An active infrared night vision system optional on the Wraith helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Vanquish doesn’t offer a night vision system.
The Wraith’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Vanquish doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
The Wraith has a standard Top-View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Vanquish only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
The Wraith has standard Rolls Royce Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Vanquish doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the Wraith and the Vanquish have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and front and rear parking sensors.
The Rolls-Royce Wraith weighs 1304 to 1546 pounds more than the Aston Martin Vanquish. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
The Wraith comes with a full 4-year/unlimited-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Vanquish’s 3-year/unlimited-mile basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.
Rolls-Royce pays for scheduled maintenance on the Wraith for 4 years and unlimited miles. Rolls-Royce will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Aston Martin doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Vanquish.
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Wraith has a standard 220-amp alternator. The Vanquish’s 200-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.
The Wraith’s standard 6.6 turbo V12 produces 44 more horsepower (624 vs. 580) and 140 lbs.-ft. more torque (605 vs. 465) than the Vanquish’s 5.9 DOHC V12. The Wraith Black Label’s standard 6.6 turbo V12 produces 44 more horsepower (624 vs. 580) and 177 lbs.-ft. more torque (642 vs. 465) than the Vanquish’s 5.9 DOHC V12.
As tested in Road and Track the Rolls-Royce Wraith (base engine) is faster than the Aston Martin Vanquish:
Zero to 60 MPH
Zero to 80 MPH
The Wraith has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Vanquish (21.9 vs. 20.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Wraith offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Vanquish’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.
Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Wraith can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Vanquish doesn’t offer run-flat tires.
The front and rear suspension of the Wraith uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Vanquish, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.
The Wraith has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Vanquish doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Wraith’s wheelbase is 14.6 inches longer than on the Vanquish (122.5 inches vs. 107.9 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Wraith is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than on the Vanquish.
The Wraith has standard seating for 4 passengers; the Vanquish Coupe can only carry up to 2.
The Wraith has a much larger trunk than the Vanquish Coupe (16.6 vs. 13 cubic feet).
With its coupe body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the Wraith offers cargo security. The Vanquish’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.
A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Wraith. The Vanquish doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Wraith has a standard power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Vanquish doesn’t offer a power trunk.
The Wraith’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Vanquish doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
The Wraith has a standard heads-up display that projects speed readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Vanquish doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The Wraith’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them. Aston Martin does not offer a locking feature on the Vanquish’s standard power windows.
The Wraith’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Vanquish’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.
Advanced Key System optional on the Wraith allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Aston Martin Vanquish doesn’t offer an advanced key system.
Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Wraith to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Vanquish doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Wraith has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Vanquish doesn’t offer headlight washers.
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Wraith detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Vanquish doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Wraith has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Vanquish doesn’t offer cornering lights.
The Wraith’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The Vanquish’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.
The Wraith has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Vanquish offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
On extremely cold winter days, the Wraith’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Vanquish doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The Wraith’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Vanquish doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
For greater rear passenger comfort, the Wraith has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Vanquish doesn’t offer rear vents.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Wraith offers an optional Active Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Vanquish doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
With standard voice command, the Wraith offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Vanquish doesn’t offer a voice control system.
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