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Aston Martin DBX review - Interior, design and technology

The DBX is the subtler choice when compared to its close rivals; interior quality is good, too.

Overall Auto Express Rating

5.0 out of 5

Interior, design and technology Rating

4.0 out of 5

  • Pace
  • Sports car handling
  • SUV practicality
  • Build quality not class-leading
  • Polarising looks
  • Dated infotainment
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​From the outside, it’s clear that the DBX is an Aston Martin. The familiar style and design flourishes are particularly evident through the front end, leaving a much more subtle impression than that conveyed by its shouty competitors. Aston’s design team wanted the DBX to look smaller than it actually is, and they appear to have succeeded with the SUV seeming relatively svelte and stylish compared to the big, brash nature of so many other high-end 4x4s.

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Inside, the full-length panoramic roof bathes the car in light, and you’ll find great swathes of leather across most of the cabin. The rest is a mix of metallic and piano black finishes, although you can have your DBX any way you fancy – at a cost. Overall quality is good, but it doesn’t do enough to trouble the Bentley Bentayga in this regard.

The engine start button sits at the top of the dash, flanked by P, R, N and D buttons to control the gearbox. A 10.25-inch full-colour TFT screen sits in front of the driver as the main instrument binnacle. 

The standard kit is well taken care of and includes front and rear heated seats, 3-zone climate control, a powered tailgate, auto LED headlights and a 360-degree camera.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

Aston has had to rely too much on Mercedes with the DBX’s switchgear. The centre console is a touch fussy, and is strewn with small buttons that are difficult to differentiate. While the 12.3-inch infotainment screen does come with Apple CarPlay, it’s a generation behind Mercedes’ current models. It’s disappointing that the screen can only be operated by the control wheel and touchpad, because most people (including us) naturally try prodding the display first.

The standard Premium Audio System includes 14 speakers and a 800w total output, while there are also four USB ports for smartphone connectivity.

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