2020 Aston Martin DBX revealed: price, specs and release date
Everything you need to know about the Aston Martin DBX – the first SUV in the British brand’s 106-year history...
On sale Spring 2020 | Price from £158,000
James Bond’s favourite car maker has gone bankrupt no fewer than seven times; this new Aston Martin DBX is intended to ensure that never happens again.
An entrant into the booming prestige SUV market, the DBX promises the performance and luxury you’d expect from the brand, along with space and practicality that you wouldn’t. Plus, it’s said to offer genuine off-road ability.
Crucially, for a company that lists “beauty’ as one of its core values, the designers have managed to incorporate Aston Martin’s styling cues in a way that looks natural – something some rivals have struggled with when producing their first SUVs.
The fact that the DBX isn’t based on an existing SUV from another brand no doubt helped here. But, while it instead mimics other Aston Martins in being made from aluminium in an effort to keep weight down, it still tips the scales at just over 2.2 tonnes.
Fortunately, the twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine that launch cars are powered by produces a healthy 542bhp and 516lb ft of torque. That’s enough for 0-62mph in 4.5sec and a top speed of 181mph – pretty much identical figures to the rival Bentley Bentayga V8. And, like the Bentayga, the DBX can shut some cylinders down when they’re not needed, in order to save fuel.
Both a V12 version and a plug-in hybrid are expected to follow. Meanwhile, other technical highlights include adaptive air suspension, which allows the body to be raised (to improve ground clearance) or lowered (for added stability at speed), and electrically powered active anti-roll bars that minimise lean in corners.
Agility should be further enhanced by a four-wheel drive system that split torque not only from front to rear, but also across the rear axle.
We’ll have to wait until we get to sit in the car before we can verify Aston Martin’s claim of class-leading head and leg room, but it's already clear that the DBX has a much bigger boot than the Bentayga, at 632 litres compared with 484 litres.
You also get rear seats that split and fold 40/20/40. Plus, there’s a range of options to let you tailor the car to your interests; for example, you can add a Pet Package, which includes a portable washer for cleaning muddy dogs, or a Snow Package with boot warmers to make ski trips that bit more luxurious.
A 10.25in infotainment screen incorporating Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring is standard, as are customisable digital instruments, a 360-degree parking camera, ambient lighting in 64 colours and a panoramic glass roof.
Then again, you’d expect the DBX to be well equipped, given that it costs from £158,000. That’s around £25,000 more than the Bentayga and £55,000 more than Porsche’s Cayenne Turbo, although it is in line with what you'll pay for the Lamborghini Urus.
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Best and worst luxury SUVs...
Like the sound of the new Aston Martin DBX, but don't want to wait? Well, here we count down the top 10 luxury SUVs on sale today – and reveal the models that are best avoided.
10. Range Rover
The Range Rover is one of the great motoring icons and every bit as compelling a proposition today as it was when it was first introduced more than 40 years ago. Superbly comfortable and refined, it also offers prodigious off-road ability. It's just a shame it's so expensive, even by luxury SUV standards.
9. Range Rover Velar
With prices starting at around £45,000, the Velar bridges the gap between the cheapest Range Rover, the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport. It’s the most road-biased Range Rover ever, even though it’s still incredibly capable in the rough stuff. Just bear in mind that you have to step up from the base model to S trim to get sat-nav, a properly punchy stereo, a rear-view camera and leather rather than cloth seats.
8. Range Rover Sport
The third Range Rover to make the list is the Sport, which is based on the full-sized Range Rover. It’s no surprise, then, that it’s a fantastic car for covering long distances, with a smooth engine and a relaxed ride. What's more, the interior is luxurious and generously equipped, and there's the option of seven seats.