Aston Martin DBX review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
With good off-road capability, a large, practical boot and decent levels of comfort, the Aston Martin DBX is a proper 4x4.
Switch the DBX’s drive mode to Terrain+ and you’ll be able to go further than most owners will ever want to. It has decent approach and departure angles of 22.2 and 24.3 degrees, respectively, and a breakover angle of 15.1 degrees – with the suspension raised by 45mm. If you really wanted to, you can also wade at a depth of up to 500mm.
In terms of ride comfort, the DBX sits somewhere between the feel of the DB11 and the focus of the Vantage; never uncomfortable, but always alert. Is it as smooth as a Bentley? No. Is it as firm as a Urus? No. In truth, it’s a rather unique blend of the two – it never dismisses bumps, instead constantly reminding you of the quality of the road surface.
Visibility is good forwards and backwards, with a suite of cameras there to help out when you’re parking up. It also does the day-to-day things you need your SUV to do well. Access is easy with the car dropping 50mm on its air suspension. Open the frameless door – which covers the door sill to keep your legs clean when getting in and out – and there’s a flat floor with no sill to climb over.
At 5,039mm, the DBX is only 101mm shorter than a Bentley Bentayga, yet it handles more like a fast estate car than a big SUV. The overall width (including mirrors) is 2,220mm, which is almost identical to the Bentayga.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
The DBX is a full five-seat SUV, although long journeys with three adult passengers in the rear may prove a little tiresome. There’s plenty of space upfront and head room is fine, despite the DBX having a lower roofline than most rivals.
Boot space in the DBX is a practical 632 litres. In comparison, the Bentayga has just 484 litres of loadspace, while the Urus provides a more useful 616 litres. The rear seats in the DBX also split-fold in a 40/20/40 formation, allowing for more luggage space if needed.
Aston Martin states that the DBX can tow up to 2,700kg – so you can use it to easily transport your track day pride and joy. However, if you need more pulling power, the Bentayga is capable of towing up to 3,500kg.
In this review
- 1VerdictIts looks may divide opinion, but the DBX does all the things you’d want a luxury SUV to do, with added Aston Martin magic.
- 2Engines, performance and driveFantastic Mercedes-AMG power combined with Aston Martin chassis technology, means the DBX goes and handles like a dream.
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsYou’ll need deep pockets if you’re going to run a super-SUV like the Aston Martin DBX.
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe DBX is the subtler choice when compared to its close rivals; interior quality is good, too.
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingWith good off-road capability, a large, practical boot and decent levels of comfort, the Aston Martin DBX is a proper 4x4.
- 6Reliability and safetyThe DBX’s Mercedes-AMG engine should prove reliable, while standard safety kit is top notch.