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Cars Aston Martin DBX SUV

03:05  10 august  2020
03:05  10 august  2020 Source:   carbuyer.co.uk

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Our first SUV , DBX , is a new kind of Aston Martin , one founded on the principles of beauty, luxury and driving dynamics. Ready to go anywhere, it’s powered by the spirit of adventure. Built on brand-new architecture, DBX is designed to carry occupants in true Aston Martin style. Brimming with the latest

The Aston Martin DBX is the company's first SUV and expected to showcase the brand's luxury and performance pedigrees to a wider audience. The DBX shares a lot of its switchgear with the rest of the Aston Martin family. The cabin is covered in attractively stitched leather and soft-touch surfaces.

The Aston Martin DBX has been tasked with a big job; it not only needs to repay the significant investment made in creating it but in turn help revive Aston Martin’s fortunes as a business. Built at a new factory in South Wales, the marque's first SUV is a rival to the Porsche Cayenne Coupe, Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus, Jaguar F-Pace SVR and Audi RS Q8.

All except the RS Q8 have helped transform the fortunes of their respective brands, with the Urus now making up over half of all Lamborghini sales. Even Ferrari is planning to launch its Purosangue SUV in 2021.

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The Aston Martin DBX is an upcoming mid-sized, front-engine, all-wheel drive luxury crossover produced by British luxury car manufacturer Aston Martin . Astride the trademark grille shape are LED headlights; below those

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While the Bentayga is huge, the DBX is slightly smaller, lighter and more coupe-like. Its designers have clearly tried hard to disguise its five-metre length, with a grille similar to Aston Martin's low-slung sports cars. The extra height beneath its headlights is broken up by rounded LED daytime running lights, while its tail features large exhaust pipes and a ducktail spoiler and lights inspired by the Aston Martin Vantage.

We'll let you judge how it looks but we can tell you that the chassis is seriously impressive. Air suspension, adaptive dampers and a 48-volt anti-roll system means it can lift by up to 45mm when off-road, drop by 50mm to make it easier to get in and out, and handle like a much smaller estate car. It even feels at home lapping a circuit, yet you can use it tow your track-day car home at the end of a session.

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This is the new Aston Martin DBX ! Aston 's first SUV powered by a new version of the characterful 4-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine found in DB11 and

It’s the first time Aston Martin have ever produced a SUV for the 106-year-old luxury British marque. The new 2020 DBX has a one of the most broadest design briefs of any Aston Martin in history and promises to offer a broad range of capability from sportscar dynamics to off-road versatility.

The DBX uses a 4.0-litre Mercedes-AMG twin-turbo petrol engine and it delivers serious performance, with 543bhp getting it from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds. Power is distributed by a nine-speed automatic gearbox, four-wheel drive and clever electronic differentials that send power to the wheel that needs it.

Inside you'll find a heady mix of leather, Alcantara, wood, metal and glass. It's not as luxurious as the Bentley, but it feels more sporty. If there's a fly in the ointment, it's the previous-generation Mercedes infotainment system with its plethora of buttons, which work fine but could disappoint in an SUV costing £160,000. At least there's space for four adults to travel in comfort, and the boot is bigger than those of the Porsche Cayenne Coupe or Lamborghini Urus, making the DBX perfect for long-distance road trips.

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The Aston Martin DBX is coming out in 2020 and we got early access to drive the prototype. The DBX does not re-invent the performance SUV , rather it has carefully selected a slot in the market place - in this case right in between the Bentley Bentayga and the Lamborghini Urus - and made a car that

Powered by a new version of the characterful 4-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine found in DB11 and Vantage, DBX features an impressive output of 550PS and

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Expect supercar running costs for Aston's first SUV

If you're considering a high-performance luxury SUV, it's fair to say fuel economy is unlikely to be your top priority. The MPG figure for the Aston's howling V8 will be consistently in the teens, making it one of the thirstiest cars launched in 2020. Its CO2 figure of 323g/km is double the amount of the highest BiK band for company-car drivers.

Thanks to the latest structuring system for VED bands, road tax costs the same £150 a year as most family petrol and diesel cars. This is increased to £475 in years two to six owing to the fact the DBX costs more than £40,000.

The DBX is little different to its peers in the running costs department; the Porsche Cayenne Turbo manages 20.8mpg and, surprisingly, the Lamborghini Urus is slightly better with 22.3mpg. If you want a rapid SUV with a smaller impact on the environment, you'll need something small or electric, say a Tesla Model X or Audi e-tron S.

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It might be an SUV that's just 10cm shorter than a Bentley Bentayga, but Aston Martin's aim was to make the DBX feel like a much smaller vehicle from behind the wheel. This is a model that feels more like a hot estate car to drive than a traditional 4x4.

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As well as being lighter than some of its rivals, at around 2.2 tonnes, the way the DBX handles is down to its clever chassis. Not only is it fitted with highly adaptable three-chamber air suspension, there are also adaptive dampers and a 48-volt system that controls how much the car rolls in corners. Called eARC, it can deploy 1,400Nm of force at each axle to combat the effects of physics as the car tackles corners.

It has all the necessary hardware but it's the way it’s been tuned that impresses on road, track and trails. Around Silverstone's tight Stowe circuit, the DBX feels more at home than a Lamborghini Urus or Bentayga Speed, with deft handling and impressive feel from its steel disc brakes. It feels more like an Audi RS4 or Mercedes-AMG C 63 from the driver's seat, and you'll find yourself looking around to check you're really driving a luxury SUV.

Power comes from a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 sourced from AMG thanks to the partnership between Mercedes and Aston Martin. It's less bassy than it is in Mercedes-AMG models, but there are some crackles on the overrun to remind you this definitely isn't a Tesla. The engine certainly isn't lacking power, with 543bhp and 700Nm of pulling power getting this SUV from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 181mph.

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It's hard to imagine anyone seriously off-roading in a DBX, but do so with the suspension raised by 45mm and it's possible to wade through floods at a depth of up to 500mm. Suffice to say, it can handle most situations a driver is likely to encounter, like snow and grassy car parks with one caveat - like its rivals, the DBX is fitted with high-performance road tyres.

The DBX is fast but, surprisingly for an SUV, the real fun is in the corners

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While handling is certainly important, a luxury SUV also needs to have a cosseting ride. We'd stick to the Comfort suspension setting on the road, and here the DBX falls between the plush Bentayga and stiff Urus for ride comfort on a British road. It's never uncomfortable, but rather than loping along, it always feels alert. There's impressive refinement while cruising on the motorway but our early test car had a fair bit of suspension noise which will hopefully be eradicated for customer cars.

Access is made easy by a 50mm drop in ride height with the air suspension lowered, and frameless doors are a cool touch. Once inside, it's clear the DBX is intended to feel more sporty than the Bentayga, but quality isn’t a match for the Bentley, regardless of the overall aesthetic.

The interior certainly isn't lacking in character but not everyone will love the elaborate instrument binnacle, or the two large pads that cover the dashboard. Unlike most of the latest models, there are numerous small buttons that can be fiddly until you learn where they are all located, but these may at least age better than the digital controls in many new cars.

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Materials used throughout the interior are of high quality, with glass, metal and wood all adding to the upmarket ambience, while Alcantara covers the headlining and panoramic roof blind.

The 10.25-inch infotainment display is a generation behind the MBUX system in the latest Mercedes models, so while it has Apple CarPlay you'll need to operate it using a control wheel or the steering wheel, rather than prodding the screen. There's also a large 12.3-inch digital instrument panel for the driver.

Not as sumptuous as a Bentley but the sporty feel is tangible

2.5 / 5

This is Aston Martin's first SUV, so prospective owners may be worried about teething problems. However, it's likely to be somewhat reassuring to know the DBX features lots of technology developed by Mercedes that’s already in use in the DB11, including its 4.0-litre engine and much of its electronic architecture. Our early test car had a few squeaks and rattles but these should be sorted by the time customer cars roll out of the factory.

The full roster of safety kit hasn't yet been announced, and it's unlikely the DBX will ever be tested by Euro NCAP. We do know it has an incredibly strong body shell, impressive brakes and will offer some of the latest safety technology.

Reliability is unknown but safety shouldn’t be a worry

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The Aston Martin DBX should prove ideal for family getaways

We doubt many owners will complain about the space on offer as the DBX can easily accommodate four adults in comfort, with enough luggage for a long holiday. It will also seat five for shorter jaunts, and visibility is surprisingly good for a car with so much emphasis on its exterior design.

The boot measures 632 litres in volume, which is 32 litres more than the Porsche Cayenne Coupe and just up on the Lamborghini Urus' 616-litre boot. The rear seats can split and fold flat, and Aston Martin hasn't stopped there. Owners will also be able to choose from a list of accessories, including a Pet Pack with a portable washer to clean the dog after a stroll around the park.

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Any large SUV worth its salt also needs to be able to tow, and here the Aston can manage up to 2,700kg - just don't slip on the accelerator with a horse box in tow!

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