After their 108-year old legacy of producing the best luxury-based, grand-touring sportscars and supercars, Aston Martin finally enters the competitive Super-SUV segment with its newest DBX.
With the newest ‘Bond’ movie coming out, which would be “Daniel Craig’s” final outing as the MI6 spy, it makes you wonder that what if “Bond” settled down to have a family and yet yearned for an “Aston” which he’s always resonated with ever since the legendary “DB5”? The ‘DBX’ seems to be the perfect answer as this is Aston’s second ever attempt to create a sports car meant to carry 4 people in sheer comfort and experience the performance, the first being the “Rapide” back in 2010.
“Aston Martin” rarely misses when it comes to looks, especially considering that all Aston’s right from the “DB9” till the current “DBS” look spectacular no matter which angle it is. The “DBX” follows that tradition impeccably since it’s easily identifiable as an “Aston” with its traditional grille and strong front-end design bumped up to SUV dimensions and continuing towards the sides reveal flush frameless doors, with pop-out door handles & ingenious aero-work such as the DRLs upfront outlining ducts which allow the air to pass through the wheel arches as well as side-vents which act as exits to provide efficient aero overall.
The rear-end though is utterly gorgeous and unlike any other super-SUV as it resembles the current ‘Vantage’, complete with a ducktail spoiler and the LED lightstrip which spans the entire width in an upward handlebar shape. Another distinctive highlight is the additional roof-mounted spoiler which aids in the airflow by guiding the air towards the ducktail spoiler and clearing the water from the rear-windscreen at the same time, thanks to which there’s no rear-wiper.
The moment when the swan-style doors are opened, you’ll be greeted with an interior that has been designed and executed in a manner that resembles the most exquisite boutique you may have ever stepped foot in.
Every corner of the ‘DBX’ starting from the seats, the headlining, the speaker covers and including all other integral touchpoints is finished in the most high quality, hand-stitched leather. There’s the usual choice of interior colours and themes and should you want something bespoke, “Aston Martin” will only be happy to lead you to the Q-Customisation programme.
Speaking of the rear seats which is by far the biggest headlining element of the ‘DBX’, it offers plenty of legroom and headroom space thanks to the 3060mm of wheelbase on offer, which is suitable for 2 full-size adults and a younger passenger. When it comes to storage, the DBX’s powered tailgate opens to a 632-litre luggage area, with 40:20:40 split rear seats which can be folded flat. The ‘DBX’ immensely features rich as expected, with highlights such as bi-LED headlamps, air suspension, 12.3-inch digital dials, a 10.25-inch infotainment screen, a 360-degree camera, 64-colour ambient lighting, an 800W sound system, three-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, powered front seats with ventilation being optional, lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control just to name a few.
Now, it’s no secret that the current-gen “Aston” cars use a lot of “Mercedes” tech and the ‘DBX’ is no different which leads to negative aspects; such as the infotainment being a last-gen Mercedes unit with no touchscreen functionality and can only be controlled via a rotary knob, along with some touch-capacitive AC controls.
Being an Aston Martin entails, handling the responsibility of living up to the expectation of being a well-executed luxury sports SUV; Thankfully, the ‘DBX’ comes powered by a “Mercedes” derived 4-liter twin-turbo V8 putting out 550hp & 700Nm of torque, coupled with a 9-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
Now, even though the ‘DBX’ can achieve a 0-100kmph time of 4.5 secs and a top speed of 290kmph, these figures definitely aren’t the best in the segment, especially when compared to the likes of the “Lamborghini Urus” which is significantly faster but, what the ‘DBX’ does best though is blending the perfect balance of luxury and performance making it the perfect long-distance cruiser and at the same time inspire confidence to be thrown around corners, thanks to a variety of driving modes to choose from like any traditional Aston Martin sports car would. It also gets an AWD system and a terrain mode for those who would be brave enough to take this rather expensive mammoth offroad.
Price & Verdict
Priced at Rs 3.8 crore, the ‘DBX’ is aimed towards the type of individual who prefers a more subtle approach towards performance, the exclusivity of owning an “Aston” and the uniquely glamorous hand-crafted cabin space. It may not win the numbers game when compared to its direct rivals like the Lamborghini Urus, Mercedes GLE63S AMG, Audi RSQ8, Bentley Bentayga and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo coupe, but the ‘DBX’ more than makes up for it, by being able to stand out from the competition confidently with its head held high.