The 2021 Aston Martin DBX is the first SUV in the British automaker’s 107-year history. Daimler provides the engine, transmission, and electrical architecture, but the rest of the DBX – all aluminum body structure, anti-roll air suspension, spacious and practical interior – was all designed and executed in-house.
Here’s the thing: this off-road Aston isn’t just a great first-time effort for a automaker that has never designed and developed an SUV. It’s great, period. The Aston Martin DBX sets a new benchmark for luxury performance SUVs right out of the box.
Let’s take a moment to congratulate Aston Martin on building an SUV that truly resembles the company’s sports car. DBX shares many style elements, such as the one-piece taillight bar borrowed from Vantage. The front definitely looks like Aston, and although the body lines make some odd angles (especially around the C-pillar) the overall design looks attractive.
Aston also paid attention to aerodynamics when designing the DBX. Part of this process is even doing a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) test where DBX is towing a trailer with DB6 on top. The entire car is designed to direct air through the rear wings and through the rear windows through the roof so that it can clean itself while driving.
The right materials are present in the DBX. with wood, metal, leather and suede are available throughout the cabin. Like a typical ultra-luxury car, the DBX is packed with amazing features. The optional extras are offered in the form of a comprehensive customization program that allows the buyer to customize this Aston exactly to the specifications.
Once you get past the amazing feeling of the DBX cabin, you will see how useful and comfortable the DBX cabin is. At 6ft 4 it have plenty of legroom and headroom in the front, and the driver’s seat remains comfortable after long hours of driving. The rear seats are just as tempting, and although the backrest angle isn’t adjustable, they’re still in a comfortable position.
The DBX is powered by a 4.0-liter V8 two-turbo engine supplied by Mercedes-AMG. The engine develops 542 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission also supplied by Mercedes. While the DBX is essentially rear-wheel drive, the center transfer case sends torque to the front axle if slip is detected in the rear, and there is also a limited slip differential in the rear. Adaptive dampers and air springs are also standard.
The Aston Martin DBX 2021 engine has a great soundtrack and unobtrusive operation of the transmission. The chassis shows a multitude of styles thanks to a variety of riding modes that range from smooth and relaxed to responsive and playful. The DBX isn’t just a pretty face: it can break in £ 5,940 and ride completely off-road with adjustable height and descent control features.
|Release Date||Late 2020|
|Engine||4.0L Twin-Turbocharged V8|
|Power||542 hp @ 5,500 RPM|
|Torque||516 lb-ft @ 1,750 RPM|
|0-60 mph||4.3 secs|
|Top Speed||181 mph|
|Cargo Capacity (cu. ft.)||22.5|
|Curb Weight||4949 lbs|