The new Aston Martin DBX is a true “make-or-break” moment for the British carmaker and as such, it has to be really rather good. That’s a pretty tall order for any new model, let alone for the first Aston Martin SUV.
Aston Martin’s DBX is also based on a new aluminum platform and is produced at a new factory, so when the company talks about an all-new model, they truly mean it.
Power comes from AMG’s twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine, producing 542 HP (550 PS) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque and paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The official 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time is set at 4.5 seconds while top speed is set at 181 mph (291 km/h).
The all-wheel-drive system employs active differentials and sends all the power to the rear axle under normal driving conditions but shifts the torque split when it detects slip, with up to 50 percent of the torque going to the front wheels if necessary.
Aston Martin wanted the DBX to offer a very comfortable cabin, that’s why they gave it a really long 3.06-meter wheelbase while keeping the overall length shorter than that of the Bentley Bentayga, one of its direct rivals. The result is a surprisingly roomy and practical environment smothered in leather, with plenty of storage solutions thoughtfully scattered around the cabin.
As standard, the Aston Martin DBX comes with air suspension, adaptive dampers, a 48-volt active anti-roll system, a set of 22-inch alloy wheels, along with a 10.25-inch infotainment system -which is an adapted version of the previous-gen Mercedes system- with Apple CarPlay and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
Carwow reviews the new Aston Martin DBX to find out whether rivals like the Lamborghini Urus and the more expensive versions of the Porsche Cayenne should worry, and apparently they should.