The Aston Martin DBX delivers an effortless blend of performance, comfort and capability in one good-looking SUV.
Need to know
The DBX is Aston’s first SUV but has already proven to be one of its most popular models. In fact, in 2021, the DBX accounted for over half of all of Aston Martin’s sales worldwide.
The DBX is the first Aston Martin to get all-around air suspension, which helps to give great support through the bends but also excellent comfort levels. Because the DBX rides on air, the driver can change the car’s ride height, with 95mm of adjustment between its highest and lowest settings.
The Aston Martin DBX is made in a bespoke factory in St Athan, South Wales. Built at a former RAF base, the site produces both the DBX and the DBX707 in huge production areas that were converted out of old aircraft hangars where planes such as the Vulcan and Tornado were serviced and stored.
The DBX encapsulates everything that people love about Aston Martin in a more upright, practical package. This is a car that can do it all – it brings earth-shattering performance while providing loads of boot space and a really comfortable cabin. A whole range of customisation options means that the DBX can be tailored right to your tastes, while all manner of high-end materials make this car feel a step above the rest. The latest technology ensures that it feels particularly cutting-edge, too, and if buyers are looking for a DBX for sale we’d be delighted to show them around one
It’s a real balancing act to design a car that can deliver both in terms of performance and everyday usability. But that’s a challenge that Aston Martin has taken on with the DBX. It’s built on its very own platform – which is unheard of in the segment – and uses bonded aluminium to ensure that it is both extremely light but tough, too.
Aston Martin put a real focus on passenger comfort from the very start, which is why the DBX’s interior has plenty of space. Plus, with adaptive air suspension as standard, the DBX brings a refined and supportive ride no matter the road conditions.
Aston Martin has looked to transplant some of the design features from its sports cars into the high-riding DBX. So despite its upright stance on the road, the DBX incorporates some dynamic styling touches which help to give it a sleeker, more dynamic appearance. There's the wing-shaped grille, for instance, while around the back there are ultra-thin rear lights.
There is also a large diffuser section which incorporates the two large exhaust pipes at either side of the car’s rear end. There’s also a neat spoiler that extends out from the roofline and this helps to give the DBX a sportier feel.
As well as showcasing some of the latest mechanical know-how that Aston Martin has to offer, the Aston Martin SUV also incorporates some cutting-edge technology. There’s a new 12.3-inch central display, which houses all of your navigation and media functions as well as Apple CarPlay and all of this is included as part of the Aston Martin DBX price, which starts from just over £174,000.
Plus, there’s then a 12.3-inch ‘driver display’ which sits in front of the steering wheel. This can be configured to showcase different types of information, as well as giving the driver another way to control media function.
Low-speed driving shouldn’t prove too much of an issue either thanks to front and rear parking sensors with a visual indicator, as well as a full 360-degree camera that gives you a full view of the area around the car when moving at slow speeds. It’s displayed on the car’s main screen and really does help to ensure you’ve got a good idea of what is around you.
Engines & Performance
At the very heart of the DBX is a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine which sends 542bhp to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission. You also get a huge 700Nm of torque, which is what provides the real ‘shove’ in the DBX’s performance. All cars get an ‘active’ exhaust, too, which can open fully to provide a raucous soundtrack or closed off for when you’d like the car to be a little quieter, such as when leaving early in the morning, for instance.
The DBX isn’t just restricted to on-road adventures, either. Two terrain driver modes - along with all-wheel-drive - means that this is an Aston Martin that can tackle more difficult conditions and challenging environments.
The DBX is accompanied by some exciting facts and figures. That 542bhp output figure means a 0-60mph time of just 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 181mph, with a specific power output of 136bhp per litre.
In terms of fuel economy, the DBX will return up to 19.7mpg on the combined cycle, while CO2 emissions stand at 269g/km. Thanks to an 85-litre fuel tank, the DBX will be able to put in some long-distance journeys too, so cross-continent travel should be a breeze.
Figures shown are for comparability purposes; only compare with other cars tested to the same technical procedures. Figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including factory-fitted options, accessories fitted (post registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load. Further information about the test used to establish fuel consumption and CO2 figures can be found at www.astonmartin.com