2019 Aston Martin DB11 Review
Pros & Cons
- Powerful V12 engine offers stately grand-touring character
- Optional 503-hp V8 engine makes for lighter, sharper performance
- Distinct and lustful design
- Several colors, options and details available for personalization
- Rear seats are quite small
- Many common driver aids and safety features not offered
List Price Estimate
$123,155 - $134,505
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Which DB11 does Edmunds recommend?
We'd be plenty content with a DB11 off the shelf. It's got incomparable style, a richly detailed interior, and enough tech to keep us satisfied. But what fun is off-the-rack when you can have made-to-measure? We'd definitely opt for ventilated seats to enjoy the DB11 on a hot day and might even spring for a higher grade of leather. We'd skip the midgrade Aston Martin sound system and vault directly to the Bang & Olufsen system, the better to maximize enjoyment of Wagner and Verdi on empty wooded backroads. Finally, as tempting as the ridiculous 630-hp V12 sounds, we'd still go for the V8 engine because it's lighter and promises more fun in the twists and turns.
Edmunds' Expert Review
The DB11 offers graceful acceleration when driven sensibly but rewards more spirited effort with satisfying engine noises. Sport mode livens up engine response; the adjustable suspension sharpens handling. But the car's mass is felt near its limits. This is a touring car, not lithe sport coupe.
The front seats are firm and hold you in place when cornering. They're suitable for long-distance touring. The rear seats are a nice gesture, but they're more suited to luggage overflow than humans. At highway speeds, you'll hear plenty of engine and exhaust, along with lingering wind/road noise.
The DB11 is a vast improvement on its DB9 predecessor, extending to its rich leather upholstery, wood trim and design. Gone are shared parts from lesser automakers, replaced with Mercedes-sourced electronics and switchgear. But using the controls in the glossy dash panel can be distracting.
The DB11's rear transaxle takes up valuable trunk space, but there's enough room for a few weekend bags. Small-item storage is minimal. Most of your handheld things will go in the clamshell-opening center console.
Standard tech includes navigation with 8-inch display, a digital instrument panel, and an infotainment dial-and-trace controller borrowed from Mercedes. No advanced safety aids standard, but blind-spot warning and self-parking system are optional. Available Bang & Olufsen audio is worth the money.
Most helpful consumer reviews
AMR 2dr Coupe (5.2L 12cyl Turbo 8A)
I have owned the DB11 and the DB11 AMR. The AMR improves on an already very impressive formula. The DB11 is so beautiful, it makes you smile every time you see it in the driveway and pedestrians will stop to gawp and take photos. The proportions and lines are just perfect, with those flared hips and long bonnet accentuating the looks. The quality of the cabin is undeniable, with hand-stitched leather everywhere, smelling just wonderful. The electronics in the infotainment system are mostly from Mercedes (albeit an earlier generation), which is, frankly, a relief as their system is one of the best. The power is awesome and, frankly, more than you will need most of the time. Massive torque delivery is at almost every part of the RPM range. I have very rarely put my foot fully to the carpet, other than on a dry, straight road on the German autobahn. The AMR suspension is stiffer than the original DB11, meaning alpine roads are easier to navigate but still fun enough if you accelerate. Given it is a hand-made car with millions of lines of software code, some niggles are to be expected, particularly from earlier models. My AMR is a 2019 model and has been virtually trouble free, apart from a loose hose on the cold-start system. Overall, a lovely car that will make you smile every time you get into it and others smile when they see it.
Features & Specs
Our experts like the DB11 models:
- Front and Rear Parking Sensors
- Provides audible alerts and aids in preventing or minimizing low-speed collisions with objects or pedestrians.
- Pelvis, Thorax and Side Curtain Airbags
- Protects in the event of collision, a nice thing to count on when your car can reach 200 mph.
- 360-Degree Bird's-Eye Camera
- Provides a top-down view of the areas surrounding the DB11, helping to reduce the likelihood of collisions in parking lots.