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Aston Martin DB11 review

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Aston Martin DB11
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26 Sep 2016 14:09 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 14:40

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Whichever engine you go for, the DB11 costs a fortune, but no doubt if you’re flicking through the brochure with an eye on purchasing one, you’ve already considered that. Be aware, haggling isn’t likely to be fruitful, either, because Aston Martin dealers won’t be offering discounts willingly.

The prospect of day-to-day running costs for a car with eight or 12 cylinders in its engine isn’t any less financially demanding. CO2 emissions may be comparatively low for similarly engined cars, but the fact is that the DB11 still sits in the top road tax (VED) band. However, that figure is likely to be dwarfed by the insurance premiums and annual service costs – especially when you need a new set of tyres. The situation is no different with the DB11’s rivals, though.

Still, the Aston Martin will prove usefully less costly to run over three years than rivals, thanks largely to its much higher predicted value at the end of the third year.

You get an extremely long list of equipment in return for your outlay, too, whichever engine you choose. This includes heated, electrically adjustable leather seats, climate control, keyless entry and start, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, a 360deg parking camera, a DAB radio, sat-nav, 8.0in infotainment touchscreen, LED headlights and an Alcantara headliner.

The DB11 hasn’t been crash-tested by Euro NCAP or security tested by Thatcham, but that it comes with seven airbags, tyre pressure monitoring, an engine immobiliser and an alarm as standard should provide a little peace of mind. It’s disappointing that the DB11 isn’t available with any modern safety aids, such as automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring or lane-departure warning, though.

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Verdict

The Aston Martin DB11, particularly the V8 version, is a convincing long-distance cruiser with a sportier bent than its key rivals. If that appeals, it’s a great choice.

  • Massive performance
  • Beautifully crafted interior
  • More fun to drive than most of its GT rivals
  • V12’s spiky to drive in the wet
  • Limited rear-seat and boot space
  • There are softer-riding alternatives
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