Review: Aston Martin DBX (2020)
Very good looking SUV from Aston Martin.
Deliveries mid 2020.
Aston Martin DBX (2020): At A Glance
The Aston Martin DBX is a stunning looking SUV launched in Bejing, China on 20th November 2019.
Built in Aston Martin’s purpose-built manufacturing facility in St Athan, Wales, the DBX is built on a new dedicated SUV platform. Utilising bonded aluminium, the body structure is both very light and extremely stiff, weiging in at 2,245kg. The cabin is spacious and refined.
Adaptive triple volume air suspension has been combined with the latest 48v electric anti-roll control system (eARC) and electronic adaptive dampers to provide the Aston Martin DBX with a huge breadth of ability. With its capacity to raise the ride height by 45mm or lower it by 50mm the air suspension enables the car to tackle a wide range of terrain. The system can also be programmed to aid ingress, egress and loading requirements.
The adaptive triple chamber air springs enable variable spring stiffness, giving both luxurious comfort and dynamic prowess. The eARC, which is capable of 1,400Nm of anti-roll force per axle can limit DBX’s body roll for handling that is more akin to a sports car than an SUV. It also allows for maximum ride comfort when transporting up to five occupants and their luggage, while maintaining a highly responsive and engaging dynamic capability.
Powered by a new version of the 4-litre, twin-turbocharged Mercedes-Benz V8 engine found in DB11 and Vantage, thew DBX offers 550PS and 700NM of torque. The active exhaust system emits sounds characteristic of an Aston Martin and ensures this luxury SUV that can seem refined one moment and exhilarating the next. Cylinder deactivation enhances fuel economy, yet provides a 0 to 60mph in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 181mph.
Power and torque is fed through a nine-speed torque convertor automatic gearbox, allied to an all-wheel drive system with active differentials featuring an active central differential and an electronic rear limited slip differential (eDiff). This allows the torque to be moved precisely both fore and aft in the vehicle and also across the rear axle. When combined with a bespoke steering system tuned to deliver feel and sports car-like response, DBX gives the driver with an overriding sense of control, whatever the conditions.
With 632 litres of load space and 40:20:40 split folding rear seats DBX has the practicality expected of an SUV with class-leading interior space. A narrow load sill and broad aperture maximises the practicality for a variety of luggage, such as suitcases, golf bags and ski equipment.
The standard specification of the Aston Martin DBX includes all available active safety systems. Additional option packages tailor the car to customers’ needs, sports or pastimes. For example, the Pet package includes a portable washer to clean a muddy dog after a walk, while the Snow package offers boot warmers to make a ski trip more pleasurable.
The luxuriously handcrafted interior of DBX has been designed to provide equal space and comfort whether sitting in the front or rear of the car. Class-leading headroom and legroom combined with a full-length glass panoramic roof and frameless door glass offer a light and spacious cabint. Sculpted front sports seats provides the driver with exceptional support and long-distance driving comfort together with knee and footwell clearance for those sitting behind.
Small touches includr separate central armrests, glovebox, and ergonomic positioning of the car’s key control systems. The seats are trimmed in full grain leather, sourced from Bridge of Weir. Both the headlining and electric roof blind are available in luxurious Alcantara®.
A 10.25-inch TFT screen sits elegantly flush in the centre console, while a huge 12.3-inch TFT screen provides a wealth of information to the driver. Apple CarPlay comes as standard, as does a 360-degree camera system and ambient lighting that offers 64 different colours in two zones.
At the car’s front, the daytime running lights (DRLs) have an integrated aerodynamic duct, which channels air through the front wheel arches and along the side, helping to reduce both drag and lift while also cooling the brakes. Air flows cleanly over the roof, through the rear wing, over the rear window and on to the rear flip. This allows the rear screen to self-clear on the move. Aerodynamic design has also played a key part in passenger comfort because as one of only a few companies using computational aeroacoustics technology, Aston Martin’s engineers have been able to keep cabin noise to a minimum at speed.
Recommended Retail Price from £158,000 in the UK, €193,500 in Germany and $189,900 in USA. The DBX is on sale now, with first deliveries scheduled to begin Q2 2020.