Aston Martin DBX review

Category: Luxury SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Available fuel types:petrol
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

For people of modest means, the fact that you could have a Range Rover Sport SVR and a well specced Range Rover Evoque on your drive for the same price as one DBX is a little hard to swallow. But in the elevated company of the Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus and quarter-of-a-million-pound Rolls-Royce Cullinan, the DBX is, dare we say it, appropriately priced. And, though it’s far from sparsely equipped as standard, the opportunity exists for the exceptionally well-heeled to create their own completely bespoke, blank-cheque specification

In terms of running costs, the official fuel economy figures suggest only a meagre 19.8mpg to be possible, and in real-world driving this can drop to the low teens. And unsurprisingly, with a 4.0-litre V8 engine under the bonnet, the DBX’s CO2 emissions are on the high side, placing it in the top 37% bracket for company car tax

The same is true, however, for all of the DBX’s closest rivals, and they all have reasonably strong residual values, too; the DBX is predicted to depreciate at a similar rate as the Bentayga and Urus. And while we expect the Cullinan to hold its value even better due to the fact that it’s produced in even smaller numbers, there is also the factor of it costing almost twice as much. 

Euro NCAP hasn’t safety tested the DBX, but it gets plenty of kit to help prevent you getting into an accident in the first place, including adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, a forward collision warning, lane departure wearing, lane-keeping assistance, rear cross-traffic warning, traffic sign recognition, and blind sport warning. There are also two ISOFIX child seat attachments on the rear outer seats. 

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Overview

Despite being late to the party, the DBX brings something new to the luxury performance SUV table: namely, a genuinely fun driving experience. While we’re in no doubt that a Urus would be quicker point to point and a Bentayga would be more comforting, the DBX provides a more immersive and interactive drive than either rival. The fact that it also offers a luxurious and surprisingly spacious driving environment rounds off a unique and altogether compelling package.

  • Characterful engine
  • Luxurious and spacious interior
  • Playful handling
  • Lumpy ride around town
  • High running costs
  • Infotainment already feeling dated

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