Aston Martin DB11 review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
DB11 is surprisingly practical for a car in this class, but the rear seats are very cramped
The Aston Martin is designed as a fast and elegant GT car, meaning it’s surprising practical for a model with supercar-slaying performance.
Aston’s new scalable aluminium architecture has actually allowed the brand’s designers to create more interior space within an external footprint that isn’t much larger than the old DB9’s. Like its predecessor, it features a 2+2 seating layout, plus a boot that’s big enough to deal with a lengthy trip away.
Access to the cabin is fairly straightforward thanks to long doors that open wide, while the driver and passenger get lots of head- and legroom. There’s also a wider range of seat adjustment than ever before, meaning it’s easier for taller drivers to get comfortable. The electrically adjusted seats also provide plenty of support, both when cornering hard and when travelling long distances.
However, the individual rear seats are really only suitable for small children, as there’s very little headroom and virtually no space for legs.
Opening the boot reveals a well-shaped, large luggage area, which offers 270 litres' worth of space. It’s more than capable of accommodating larger suitcases, meaning the DB11 is well up to the task of taking its well-heeled occupants and their luggage on cross-continental dashes to their holiday hones by the Med. Note the convertible Volante can only store 224 litres in its boot - though Aston says it'll swallow two sets of golf clubs.
In this review
- 1Aston Martin DB11 reviewThe Aston Martin DB11 is an old-school grand tourer that blends gorgeous looks with blistering performance and surprising comfort
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe switch to turbocharging hasn’t robbed the Aston V12 of character, while the ride and handling balance is excellent
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsTurbocharged engines boost efficiency, but you’ll still need deep pockets to run the DB11
- 4Interior, design and technologyBold design and cutting edge infotainment system boost appeal, but quality of DB11 inside isn't as good as the best rivals
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingDB11 is surprisingly practical for a car in this class, but the rear seats are very cramped
- 6Reliability and SafetyDB11 is a brand new car, but history suggests it should be robust while partnership with Mercedes is a bonus