Aston Martin is the latest manufacturer of high-performance sports cars to take the bold step into the world of the Sport Utility Vehicles, or SUVs for short. As ever, the self-styled purists are full of forebodings – but now the DBX is here, we think they’ll concede Aston Martin has retained the marque’s sporting ethos while adding a welcome dose of versatility.
The specification of the DBX contains a blizzard of acronyms, including FCW, AEB, LDW, LKA, LCW, RCT and TSR. In case you need a translation, these are Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Change Warning, Rear Cross Traffic warning and Traffic Sign Recognition. Other safety features include Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Door Opening Warning (DOW), while family owners will be pleased to note that there are Isofix child seat attachments in both rear outer seats.
As with the DB11 and Vantage, the new DBX is powered by a turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 that produces 550 metric horsepower and 770Nm of torque, tuned for the specific needs of an all-rounder that can take both racetracks and off-road tracks in its stride. Cylinder deactivation helps stretch the mpg when you’re cruising along, but full-throttle acceleration from rest to 62mph takes just 4.5 seconds. A nine-speed automatic gearbox sends the power to all four wheels, with an active central differential and an electronic rear limited slip differential (eDiff) sending the torque both fore and aft and side to side depending on road conditions and/or driving style.
The bonded aluminium body structure is both incredibly stiff and (relatively) light for an SUV, and the adaptive triple volume air suspension features a 48V anti-roll control system. As a result, uncompromised ride comfort, dynamic handling and all-terrain capability are all within the DBX’s impressive portfolio of talents.
How do you create a vehicle that looks like an Aston Martin while being both bigger inside and taller off the ground? The design team, led by Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, seem to have hit the bullseye. Compared with some luxury SUVs the DBX looks elegant, balanced and sporty, thanks in part to its new dedicated SUV platform and long wheelbase. Design cues like the familiar Aston Martin grille are present, the rear end has echoes of the flick tail treatment from the Vantage, while the fastback styling positions the visual mass of the car over the rear wheels without compromising ingress and egress.
The sculpted door and side panels create a slimmer, more muscular profile and the frameless doors with flush glazing give the sense of an uninterrupted sweep of glass down the side of the car. Inside, the new DBX has been designed for intuitive control and instant familiarity, with the ability to accommodate the world’s 99th percentile male (big) and 5th percentile female (very petite). On another practical note, the luggage space is 632 litres and the rear seats split 40:20:40 for versatility.
The ergonomic positioning of the car’s key control systems, Aston Martin claims, have been guided by the input of the brand’s female advisory board. In front of the driver there’s a configurable 12.3” TFT screen to provide information, while the infotainment and navigation is controlled via a 10.25” TFT touchscreen. 64 shades of ambient lighting are available to match your mood and that of your passengers, Apple CarPlay comes as standard and there’s a 360-degree camera system to help you negotiate tricky terrain, whether it’s in Knightsbridge or Kielder forest.The Aston Martin Premium Audio System boasts 14 speakers and an 800-Watt amp, and adaptive cruise control comes as standard along with front and rear parking sensors.
Prices for the Aston Martin DBX will start from £158,000 (which also includes three year's servicing) as of January 2020, however this is subject to change at any time. For more information or to discuss prices and ordering, please contact Aston Martin Cambridge or Sevenoaks.
Verdict: it’s a new experience to look at the specification of an Aston Martin and find references to off-road approach and depart angles as well as maximum towing weights. Yet the new DBX is perfect for the kind of ‘grand touring’ that Aston Martin cars have always excelled at. It’s fast, it can accommodate five in luxurious comfort and it looks as stunning as every Aston Martin should. Aston Martins first attempt at an SUV hits it out of the park.
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|Vehicle length||5,039 mm|
|Vehicle width||1,998 mm|
|Vehicle height||1,680 mm|
|Unladen weight (DIN)||2,245 kg|
|Engine / Cylinders||4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8|
|Max Torque||700 Nm|
|Max Power||550 PS|
|Top Speed||181 mph|
|Fuel Consumption (Combined)||19.7 mpg|
|CO2 Emissions||269 g/km|