ASTON MARTIN DBX ESTATE V8 550 5dr Touchtronic Auto






0 - 62 mph4.5s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2323 g/km

The DBX is a last throw of the dice for Aston Martin. This super-luxury SUV simply has to succeed for the brand and it certainly has wider appeal than anything the company has produced in its entire history. Virtually all the basic chassis technology and handling development here is Aston's own, though the rest of the engineering is Mercedes-sourced. And the brand has delivered a whole new standard of cabin quality. If this car doesn't work for Aston, then it's hard to see what else will.


Aston Martin enters a fresh era with its first SUV, the DBX. Is it good enough to save the company? Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

The DBX is a last throw of the dice for Aston Martin. This super-luxury SUV simply has to succeed for the brand and it certainly has wider appeal than anything the company has produced in its entire history. Virtually all the basic chassis technology and handling development here is Aston's own, though the rest of the engineering is Mercedes-sourced. And the brand has delivered a whole new standard of cabin quality. If this car doesn't work for Aston, then it's hard to see what else will.


Today, every luxury car maker depends to a very great extent on SUV models for its profitability. And for the first two decades of the 21st century, Aston Martin couldn't offer such a thing. If you want an explanation for the company's current financial woes, that's a primary one right there. In some ways, this unfortunate position is to be respected. Years ago, Aston could have borrowed a design from its Mercedes shareholder and simply repackaged it. But CEO Andy Palmer was determined to do the job properly - and has done with the DBX, the car on which the future of the company now depends. Which was brave given the huge investment needed to create not only an all-new aluminium platform chassis but also the necessary all-new factory (in St Athan, South Wales) necessary to build this car. It's a six figure super-SUV of course, so forget Cayennes and Q8s; think instead of rivals like the Lamborghini Urus and the Bentley Bentayga.

Driving Experience

Under the bonnet lies a 4.0-litre petrol V8 borrowed from the Mercedes-AMG E 63 - which makes it a slightly different unit from the one used in Aston's Vantage and DB11 models, here developing 543bhp and 700Nm of torque. The active four wheel drive system and torque vectoring rear differential is borrowed from an E 63 too. Transmission choice you'd expect to be either the 7-speed auto used by the E 63 or the 8-speed ZF auto that features in Aston's other models but in the event it's neither, a 9-speed DCT auto decided upon so that the engineers could provide for the kind of decent towing capacity that the brand knew some DBX owners might want - it's rated at 2.7-tonnes. That choice of gearbox slightly limits ultimate torque and therefore performance but it's still pretty rapid, 62mph from rest achievable in 4.5s en route to 181mph. If you want to go faster than that in an SUV, there's something wrong with you. As usual with any luxury sporting car (and any Aston) there are lots of driving modes, the ones on offer here likely to be familiar to Aston regulars. 'GT' will be your default pick, but if you want to get the emotively-tuned sports exhaust crackling, there's also 'Sport' or 'Sport+' options, plus an 'Individual' menu allowing you make the most of all the new engineering tech (much of it never previously used by the brand). This includes four-chamber air suspension, adaptive Bilstein dampers and a 48-volt 'eARC' ('electric Anti Roll Control' system) with roll-cancelling active anti-roll bars. Interestingly though, Aston chassis expert Matt Becker decided against using the kind of 4-wheel steering tech that features on obvious rivals, believing that it corrupts the 'purity' of the car's steering feel. As for those drive modes, well as with other models from the company, we reckon the 'Individual' menu settings sweet spot is likely to see power (or throttle response) set to 'Sport', exhaust on 'Sport+' and chassis on 'GT'. There are also off road setting options (yes, the DBX will properly go off road: in fact it can water through water up to 500mm deep). The 4x4 rough surface settings are 'Terrain' (where the air suspension lifts the car higher) and 'Terrain+' (higher still).

Design and Build

Is this how you expected an Aston Martin SUV to look? Possibly. It's just over five metres long, which makes it longer than a Porsche Cayenne but shorter than a Bentley Bentayga, to give you some size perspective. In the metal, it doesn't really look quite as big as it actually is thanks to a lower roof line than many of its rivals and clever sculpting of the sleek aluminium and composite body panels. From the front, you'd recognise it as an Aston - the swept-back headlights flanking the brand's familiar trapizoidally-shaped grille. Other familiar touches include distinctive vents in the bonnet and the front wings. The rear is even more distinctive, featuring full-width slim LED tail lamps similar to those of the Vantage and a protruding rear spoiler contributing to aerodynamics that make a rear window wiper unnecessary. Lower down, twin tailpipes protrude out of a rear diffuser section surrounded by a starburst of cooling holes. What about the interior? This is usually the part of Astons that lets them down when rated against the highest luxury segment standards. It's not a big step up to get into this one and once inside, though the seating position is of course more commanding than any previous model from the brand, it's certainly not Range Rover-like. It's a lot sportier than something like that, thanks in part to the high window line, the narrow glasshouse and the raked-back windscreen angle. Take stock of your surroundings once ensconced in the enveloping sports seats and you'd have to conclude that this is a cabin fit for comparison with any super-SUV rival you'd care to name, clothed in stitched Bridge of Weir leather with fine metal inserts and the optional inclusion of alcantara and bespoke wood trimming. There's a huge 12.3-inch instrument binnacle screen and a further 10.25-inch TFT infotainment display sits flush in the centre console: 'Apple CarPlay' features but strangely, there's no wireless 'phone charger option. You enter the rear through frameless doors with cutaway sills (so trousers and dresses won't be smeared with mud when exiting the car) and two adults will fit very comfortably; a third will be much less happy. There's a big boot too, rated at 632-litres in size before you start folding the 40:20:40-split rear seatback.

Market and Model

The price of this car from launch was pitched at £158,000 which, surely not coincidentally, is almost exactly what'll you'll pay for what many would argue to be its closest rival, the Lamborghini Urus. Many owners of course will end up paying a great deal more than that, having perused the many optional accessory packages on offer intended to tailor the car more specifically to customer needs, sports and pastimes. For instance, there's a 'Pet package', including a portable washer to deal with a muddy dog after a walk. Or you could opt for the 'Snow package', which includes special warmers for your ski boots - perfect for your next trip to Chamonix. But of course you can go much further than that. A wide range of exquisite wood, composite and metal veneers ensure that the cabin can be tailored to almost any taste. This includes a range of innovative materials including an industry-first application of a fabric made from 80% wool. A new flax composite - derived from the same plant as fine linen - provides an alternative to carbon fibre for the cabin trimming theme. And, if you want to be really bespoke, you can turn to 'Q by Aston Martin', the brand's money-no-object personalisation service. Via this, you can even have the entire centre console fashioned from a solid piece of wood - walnut for instance.

Cost of Ownership

It seems strange to be writing about any new car these days without mentioning engine or powertrain electrification in some form but there's no sign of that here, despite the fact that Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer has promised that all models will feature some form of electrification by 2025. That might prepare you for a set of efficiency stats that will require deep pockets from owners, though in truth you'd have been expecting that if you'd come in search of a powerful V8 petrol-powered 4WD large luxury super-SUV. The official figures talk of an NEDC-rated CO2 reading of 269g/km and a WLTP combined cycle fuel figure of 19.7mpg. The former will rise considerably when re-jigged to WLTP calculations and we doubt whether you'd ever replicate the latter in ordinary day-to-day use. Or whether you'd ever really want to. The V8 engine has cylinder deactivation so that under light-to-mid throttle loads, you'll only be running on four of the eight available cylinders, but as you can see from the fuel figure we've just quoted, that tech doesn't appear to make a massive amount of difference. Nor would you expect it to given that this car tips the scales at 2,245kgs (a figure that Aston actually claims it's quite proud of). The use of bonded aluminium for the chassis has kept kerb weight from being even more excessive - and that means that this DBX won't be rotting away in a junk yard in any near decade. In fact, like most Astons, it'll probably be a collectors' item of sorts fifty years from now: there's something faintly eco-minded in that thought. Residual values ought to be reasonable. Insurance premiums probably won't be.


SUVs have saved many a luxury brand since the turn of the century, Porsche Bentley and Lamborghini being just three recent examples. In the world's current uncertain financial economy, I can't predict whether the DBX will be able to add Aston Martin to that list. What I can say is that everything the company possibly could have done in creating this car has been done and that success here is deserved, even if it can't be assured. The model's importance lies far beyond merely just being the first Aston Martin SUV. It's the car that launched the company's second manufacturing plant. And a pivotal design in the 'Second Century Plan' that the brand is pinning all its hopes upon. Luxury SUV buyers won't care about any of that of course. They'll simply want to know whether this could be the ultimate high performance model of this kind ever made. The answer is that for many of them, it very well might be.

  • Electric windows
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers
  • Heat insulating glass
  • Acoustic laminated front windows
  • Heated rear window

  • HDC - Hill descent control
  • Electric parking brake (EPB)
  • Intelligent wet brake control
  • High performance braking system
  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
  • Torque vectoring brake
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Traction control
  • Emergency brake assist
  • Hill start assist

  • Black loadspace carpet

  • Adaptive triple chamber air suspension
  • Electronic adaptive damping system
  • Electric active roll control

  • Bluetooth telephone connectivity
  • Voice control system
  • Apple car play/Android Auto

  • Forward collision warning
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Lane keep assist
  • Speed limiter
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Park assist system
  • Lane departure warning system (LDW)
  • Lane change warning
  • Rear crossing traffic warning
  • Electric power assisted steering (EPAS)
  • Front parking aid with visual indicator
  • Rear parking aid with visual indicator
  • Surround camera system with deploying rear camera
  • Adaptive drive modes

  • Standard underbonnet
  • Stop/start system

  • SOS emergency call button
  • 10.25" TFT centre display
  • 12.3" TFT instrument display
  • Rotary infotainment system interface
  • Brake pad wear indicator
  • Outside temperature display
  • Rotary dials
  • Satellite navigation system

  • Body colour mirror caps
  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Power foldback door mirrors

  • Battery conditioning connector

  • AM/FM radio
  • Aston martin premium audio
  • SD card slot
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • DAB Digital radio
  • USB port

  • Fixed panoramic glass sunroof
  • Matte black mesh bonnet vents
  • Body colour side vent
  • Standard paint protection film

  • Automatic high beam - AHB
  • Approach Illumination
  • LED centre high mounted stop light
  • Active rear brake lights
  • Bi LED headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED rear fog light
  • Automatic headlights

  • Automatic climate control

  • Front and rear door pockets
  • 12V power sockets
  • Anodised aluminium sill plaques with aston martin wings
  • Glovebox with electric locking
  • Lower front console storage
  • Map pocket on front seat storage
  • Twin cupholders in front and rear
  • Load tie downs in load space
  • Load rails in load space
  • Stainless steel sill protector in load space
  • Twin front centre armrest
  • Front centre console storage cover

  • Courtesy Light
  • Ambient lighting

  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Warning triangle
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • RSC - Roll stability control
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Seatbelt pre-tensioners
  • Airbags - Driver and front passenger and knee
  • Front thorax airbags/Side curtain airbags
  • Rear thorax airbags
  • Door exit warning
  • Anti theft locking wheel bolts
  • Seatbelt status indicator

  • Seat perforaton elegant
  • Seat quilting elegant

  • Isofix/I size rear outer
  • Front head restraints
  • Rear head restraints
  • Heated seats
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • Embossed - Aston martin wings
  • Sports plus seats

  • Keyless entry with start/stop button
  • Remote central locking
  • Alarm/immobiliser

  • Active centre transfer case
  • Electric limited slip rear differential
  • All Wheel Drive (AWD)
  • 9 speed automatic transmission

  • Twin sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 323

  • Engine Code: M177
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92
  • CC: 3982
  • Cylinders: 8
  • Cylinder Layout: V8
  • Number of Valves: 32
  • Camshaft: QUAD CAM
  • Fuel Delivery: TWIN TURBO
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 8.6:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 9 SPEED

  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 12.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 20.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 23.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 21.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 19.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 23.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 13.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 12
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 13.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 14.3

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • Badge Power: 550
  • Badge Engine CC: 4.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Description: V8

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.5
  • Top Speed: 181
  • Engine Power - BHP: 550
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • Engine Power - KW: 405
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 516
  • Engine Torque - NM: 700
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2000
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 71.4

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: 10 SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 325/35 R22
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 22" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 285/40 R22

  • Length: 5039
  • Width: 1998
  • Wheelbase: 3060
  • Width (including mirrors): 2220
  • Height: 1680

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 638
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1530
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.4
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2245
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 3020
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2700
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 775
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 87

  • Privacy glass: £870
  • Acoustic rear privacy glass: £1,255
  • Clear glass: Included

  • Brake calipers in red: £890
  • Brake calipers in yellow: £890
  • Black brake calipers: £890
  • Brake calipers in grey: £890
  • Anodised dark brake calipers: Included
  • Bronze brake calipers: £890
  • Brake calipers in vivid orange: £890

  • Floor mats: Included
  • Primary cabin carpet: Included
  • Floor mats in heavy pile leather bound: £730
  • Cabin carpet coloured: £1,255

  • Inductive phone charger: £255

  • Touch pad: £520
  • Power tailgate with gesture control: £520
  • Aston martin key: Included
  • Aston martin designer key: £730
  • Homelink wireless control (GDO): £310
  • Power tailgate: Included
  • No touch pad: Included

  • Aston martin tracking system: £520

  • Piano black wood veneer trim: Included
  • Light olive ash open pore wood veneer trim: £1,665
  • Dark ziricote open pore wood veneer trim: £1,665
  • Gloss bronze mesh veneer trim: £3,215
  • Q solid walnut trim: £6,250
  • Gloss 2x2 twill carbon fibre trim: £2,840

  • Aston martin polished chrome script and enamel wing badging: £0
  • Aston martin black script and wing badging: £1,045
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £1,815
  • Sport exhaust: £1,575
  • Twin exhaust tailpipe: Included
  • Gloss black front grille: £450
  • Heritage Q paint: £7,800
  • Satin Q paint: £5,830
  • Signature metallic paint: £3,255
  • Special Q paint: £6,815
  • Racing line paint: £3,255
  • Out of range Q paint: £7,800
  • Satin chrome front grille: Included

  • Smoked tail lights: £730
  • Red Tail Lights: Included

  • Umbrella and holder: £210
  • Leather colour palette: £1,830
  • Monotone sport steering wheel: Included
  • Monotone sport heated steering wheel: £445
  • Create monotone smooth rolled leather interior: Included
  • Create duotone smooth rolled leather interior: £620
  • Accelerate monotone smooth rolled leather/alcantara interior: £4,195
  • Accelerate duotone smooth rolled leather/alcantara interior: £4,815
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather interior: £6,875
  • Inspire light duotone semi-aniline leather interior: £7,500
  • Inspire duotone semi-aniline leather interior: £7,500
  • Q Semi aniline leather palette: £3,875
  • Coloured alcantara headlining: £1,575
  • Primary alcantara headlining: Included
  • Alcantara with leather sport steering wheel: £595

  • Gloss 2x2 twill carbon fibre upper exterior pack - DBX: £6,060
  • Service pack - DBX: £0
  • Satin silver interior jewellery pack - DBX: Included
  • Satin dark chrome interior jewellery pack - DBX: £1,255
  • Q 2x2 twill carbon fibre trim with dark satin chrome interior jewellery pack - DBX: £2,090
  • Satin chrome upper exterior pack - DBX: Included
  • Gloss black upper exterior pack - DBX: £3,405
  • Body colour lower exterior pack - DBX: Included
  • Gloss black lower exterior pack - DBX: £1,855

  • Metallic - Magnetic silver: £1,815
  • Metallic - Arden green: £1,815
  • Metallic - Arizona bronze: £1,815
  • Metallic - Concours blue: £1,815
  • Metallic - Divine red: £1,815
  • Metallic - Lightning silver: £1,815
  • Metallic - Minotaur green: £1,815
  • Metallic - Ultramarine black: £1,815
  • Metallic - Onxy black: £1,815
  • Metallic - Minge blue: £1,815

  • Solid - China grey: £0
  • Solid - Lunar white: £0
  • Solid - Jet black: £0

  • Special Q paint - Frosted glass blue: £6,815
  • Satin Q paint - Satin Jet Black: £5,830
  • Satin Q paint - Satin Solar Bronze: £5,830
  • Satin Q paint - Satin Xenon Grey: £5,830
  • Special Q paint - Frosted Glass Yellow: £6,815
  • Signature metallic - Xenon grey: £3,255
  • Signature metallic - Hyper red: £3,255
  • Signature metallic - Liquid crimson: £3,255
  • Signature metallic - Golden saffron: £3,255
  • Signature metallic - Iridescent emerald: £3,255
  • Signature metallic - Royal indigo: £3,255
  • Signature metallic - Solar bronze: £3,255
  • Racing line paint - Elwood blue: £3,255
  • Racing line paint - Kermit green: £3,255
  • Racing line paint - Scorpus red: £3,255
  • Racing line paint - Aston martin racing green: £3,255
  • Satin Q paint - Satin golden saffron: £5,830
  • Satin Q paint - Satin ming blue: £5,830
  • Satin Q paint - Satin lime essence: £5,830
  • Heritage Q paint - Dubonnet rosso: £7,800
  • Heritage Q paint - Cumberland grey: £7,800
  • Heritage Q paint - Silver birch provenance: £7,800
  • Heritage Q paint - Buckinghamshire green: £7,800
  • Heritage Q paint - 1959 Racing green: £7,800
  • Heritage Q paint - Caribbean blue pearl 2: £7,800
  • Heritage Q paint - Seychelles blue: £7,800
  • Special Q paint - Spirit silver: £6,815
  • Special Q paint - Platinum White: £6,815
  • Special Q paint - Cosmos orange: £6,815
  • Special Q paint - White stone: £6,815
  • Special Q paint - Supernova red: £6,815
  • Special Q paint - Cosmopolitan yellow: £6,815
  • Out of range Q paint - Custom: £7,800
  • Satin Q paint - Satin aston martin racing green: £5,830
  • Satin Q paint - Satin lunar white: £5,830
  • Special Q paint - Lime essence: £6,815
  • Satin Q paint - Satin concorus blue: £5,830

  • Seatbelts in Red: £520
  • Seatbelts in Mocha: £520
  • Seatbelts in Graphite: £520
  • Seatbelts in tan: £520
  • Seatbelts in ivory: £520
  • First aid kit: £105
  • Black seatbelts: Included

  • Contrast stitching: £1,255
  • Mirrored stitching: £1,255
  • Brogue detailing in Q semi aniline leather palette: £730
  • Brogue detailing: Included

  • Front and rear seat ventilated: £1,890
  • 16 way electric front seats with memory: £520
  • 12 way electric front seats with memory: £0

  • 50mm fixed ball tow bar: £1,045

  • Create monotone smooth rolled leather - Onyx black: £0
  • Create monotone smooth rolled leather - Phantom grey: £0
  • Create monotone smooth rolled leather - Bison brown: £0
  • Create monotone smooth rolled leather - Bitter chocolate: £0
  • Create monotone smooth rolled leather - Oxford tan: £0
  • Create monotone smooth rolled leather - Chancellor red: £0
  • Accelerate monotone smooth rolled leather/alcantara - Onyx black: £4,195
  • Accelerate monotone smooth rolled leather/alcantara - Phantom grey: £4,195
  • Accelerate monotone smooth rolled leather/alcantara - Oxford tan: £4,195
  • Accelerate monotone smooth rolled leather/alcantara - Spicy red: £4,195
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Onyx black: £6,875
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Metallic black: £6,875
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Phantom grey: £6,875
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Bison brown: £6,875
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Bitter chocolate: £6,875
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Havana tan: £6,875
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Oxford tan: £6,875
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Copper tan metallic: £6,875
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Red oxide: £6,875
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Arden green metallic: £6,875
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Aurora blue: £6,875
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Blue haze metallic: £6,875
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Dark knight: £6,875
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Chancellor red: £6,875
  • Inspire monotone semi-aniline leather - Spicy red: £6,875

  • Summer tyres: Included
  • All season tyres: £0

  • 22" Sport silver alloy wheels: Included
  • 22" Sport satin black alloy wheels: £1,020
  • 22" Sport gloss black diamond turned alloy wheels: £1,400
  • 22" Ribbon gloss graphite diamond turned alloy wheels: £2,045
  • 22" Ribbon satin black diamond turned alloy wheels: £2,420
  • 22" Ribbon satin black and bronze diamond turned alloy wheels: £2,800
  • 23" Forged satin black diamond turned alloy wheels: £3,370
  • 23" Forged satin black halo diamond turned rim alloy wheels: £3,750
  • 23" Forged textured black alloy wheels: £4,125

  • Space saver spare wheel: £310
  • Tyre repair kit: Included

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