Aston Martin DBX review

Category: Sports SUV

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:petrol
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Introduction

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With high-end items like the Aston Martin DBX, image is everything, and few car manufacturers can claim to have an image as strong as Aston Martin’s.

Not only is it consistently voted one of the coolest brands in the world, but it also has James Bond on its client list. Enough said. The DBX isn’t a traditional two-door model, though – it’s a sports SUV.

If that thought makes you throw your hands up in disgust, remember that most car buyers these days want SUVs. For Aston Martin to survive and keep building the low-slung sports cars its fans adore, this is simply inevitable.

The British brand is far from unique in bending to the whim of market forces, and was actually a bit late to the luxury sports SUV party. The Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus and Porsche Cayenne are proof of that.

Aston Martin has used that time wisely, developing all-new aluminium underpinnings specifically for the DBX, something that's claimed to bring dynamic benefits. The designers have also incorporated a number of classic styling cues so the look isn’t jarringly removed from its sports car line-up – a trick some rival car makers have arguably struggled to pull off.

The DBX is powered by the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 sourced from Mercedes-AMG, but it's not quite the same as the one in the Aston Martin DB11 and Vantage. It’s effectively the engine used in the Mercedes-AMG E63 S super saloon, and comes with the same ‘active’ four-wheel drive system and torque-vectoring rear differential. V12 and plug-in hybrid versions are expected to follow in time.

So, can an SUV really ‘feel’ and behave like a true Aston Martin? That's what we'll be exploring over the next few pages of this review, along with whether the interior lives up to expectations, how much it will cost to run and how it compares with the main rivals.

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At a glance

Number of trims1 see more
Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you? petrol
MPG range across all versions19.8 - 19.8
Avaliable doors options5
Company car tax at 20% (min/max)£11,692 / £11,692
Company car tax at 40% (min/max)£23,384 / £23,384

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