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ASTON MARTIN DBX: AN AFFORDABLE BENTAYGA??

James Bond’s connection with Aston Martin has been going on for decades. Number 007 also is an association between Aston Martin and James Bond. Now, James Bond drives all the DB Series of Aston Martin. Past creations of Aston Martin like the DB9 have featured in James Bond movies, in fact, the connection is so deep between them, that Aston Martin created the DB10 especially for James Bond, it was a one-off car that was made for James Bond and was never meant to be sold to the public, that’s why you would have noticed that the next road car in the Aston Martin line up after the DB9 wasn’t the DB11, it was the DB11. Also, if you want to know more about the DB 11, then check out the review (LINK). This time however the things are a bit different, what I think happened was that someone would have asked Aston Martin that what would James Bond drive if he had to drive an SUV and then Aston Martin came up with this car, the DBX, their first SUV, now this is going to be interesting, so let’s start the review.

Design: -

Now, Aston Martin describes the DBX as “The Relentless Adventurer”, so this Adventurer of their follows the same design principle. To say the least about the design, it’s beautiful. The external beauty of the car is a thing that Aston Martin never fails us to impress with, it has always been the queen of the roads or should I say, King? Whatever, you get the point.

The Huge Grille in the front with that chrome finish all over it and those DRLs at either side of the Grille look sensational, the headlights have the same iconic DB design in them and they certainly do have a stupendous throw at night.

Despite the efforts of Aston Martin to make the DBX a High performing and a Luxury SUV, the design approach they have taken is commendable, there is no aggression in the car and the design is minimalistic, no weird angles or vents, like the Lamborghini Urus.

The Lines on the car flow smoothly and from every angles it’s undeniably an Aston Martin, only one thing looks quite weird from the side profile is the rear hunched part, it’s too much accentuated and certainly ruins the smooth flowing design philosophy of the car. The rest is perfect.

Engine & Performance: -

The DBX has a Mercedes sourced twin-turbo AMG V8 engine that puts out 542 Horsepower and 700 Nm of torque which is good for taking the DBX from 0 to 60 Mph in just 4.5 seconds.

The acceleration is already in the high Sportscar range and because the DBX is an SUV, it certainly stands as a Supercar among its SUV Brothers.

Now, the DBX doesn’t come with an Official Launch Control, so you do it the normal way, put your feet on the Brake, press the accelerator, and the SUV launches. Now the thing that surprised me the most was that the DBX is much faster than what Aston Martin claims, in one of the acceleration tests, the DBX did 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and achieved speeds in excess of 100 Mph in just under 10 seconds, that’s how fast the DBX is.

And, when you have a car that is this fast, you need to have good brakes. The DBX has 410 mm Discs at the front and 390 mm Discs at the back and trusts me they stop the car so fast; it almost seems like the car hit a wall.

The twin exhausts at the back of the car are huge in size and they do sound good, now the DBX just like most of the performance cars nowadays has a soft limiter which prevents it from unleashing its fury right from 0 Rpm.

The DBX would probably never see off-road but if you do find a need to drive off-road, the DBX can do it very well, sure it won’t be as capable as A G wagon, but it makes for it on the road which it can’t do off-road.

Interior: -

Now, the Interior is the part where the Driver and the passengers are going to be spending most of their time in, so it must be good and find it very pleasing that Aston Martin has done a Wonderful Job, in blending the luxury and the Performance Bits on the car.

As standard, you get leather all around the car, heated seats, surround-view camera, things like these which you don’t get as standard on any other performance SUV, especially on the Germans.

The Alcantara headliner over the Driver and the passengers imparts a sense of premium-ness.

The Driving position is exactly Spot on, you do get the high seating position which you get on an SUV and you also do get a hunched down seating which gives the sportiness factor of the car.

Practicality is one of the chief factors for a car like this. Practicality is the reason why people go for cars like these, just because these cars are so Versatile.

So, the door bins are large enough to accommodate large bottles of water, lots of room for the driver and the passenger, no problem regarding the headroom and the legroom.

The Centre console has some space inside it as well, along with two cupholders in the front, which can be independently opened.

Now, the infotainment system and stuff like these have been borrowed from Mercedes as well but to be honest, they are not quite good, there are some places in the car where you will find the use of cheap plastic and rubber and it hinders the premium feeling of the car, it really does.

The rear compartment of seats is equally great just like the front and the glass roof over the head gives the occupants a nice roomy experience.

Conclusion: -

The Aston Martin DBX is a great SUV, there is no doubt about it, in this race for making luxury performance SUV’s, Aston Martin has surely won the Luxury part.

The design is great, it looks beautiful and it performs great as well, both on-road and off-road.

People looking for a car that’s a perfect blend between performance and luxury should look no further than the DBX.

Thank you for giving this a read, I trust you liked this one, it’s been a long time since I wrote about an SUV and thus, I thought of writing about it.

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