2021 Aston Martin DBX

MSRP range: $176,900
Edmunds suggests you pay$211,786

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2021 Aston Martin DBX Review

  • Gutsy 542-hp engine
  • Sharp steering and handling
  • Plenty of standard interior luxuries
  • Infotainment system can be distracting to use
  • Uncomfortable ride on rutted roads
  • Operation of advanced driver aids lacks refinement
  • First SUV from Aston Martin
  • Standard turbocharged V8
  • Seating for five
  • Kicks off the first DBX generation for 2021

Porsche long ago proved that performance and SUVs need not be mutually exclusive. Now it's Aston Martin's turn to show how it can be done. The 2021 Aston Martin DBX is the automaker's first-ever SUV, and one of just a few exotic-branded SUVs on the market. As a midsize five-seat SUV priced above $175,000, it's a rival to the likes of the Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga.

As you'd expect from Aston, performance is a key attribute. Power comes from an updated version of the Mercedes-sourced turbocharged V8 that's in the Vantage and DB11 sports cars. The engine produces 542 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Mat the gas pedal and the resulting acceleration is explosive. The DBX loves to pull away quickly from a stop; you'll have to be judicious with the accelerator if you want to build speed without pinning your passengers to their seatbacks.

All the right materials are present inside the DBX, with wood, metal, leather and available faux suede trim throughout the cabin. As is typical of ultra-luxury cars, the DBX is pretty much loaded with features out of the gate. A configurable 12.3-inch digital instrument panel sits behind the steering wheel, though the true focal point is the 10-inch display screen in the center stack. As with the engine, the infotainment system is sourced from Mercedes. Unfortunately, it's an older design and is not as easy to use as Mercedes' more modern MBUX system.

On the whole, however, Aston Martin has done right with its first SUV. With effortlessly quick acceleration, stupefying handling and a top-notch interior, the DBX earns its place among the most impressive exotic SUVs on the market.

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We never thought we'd live to see an SUV by Aston Martin and yet here we are. The DBX blends Aston Martin's distinctive styling with a spacious cabin, a decent amount of utility, and a powerful V8 engine. But in a growing field of super SUVs, the DBX doesn't break any new ground in performance, function or technology. In other words, you'll have to really want an Aston Martin SUV to justify paying for one.
Aston Martins have never been about world-dominating speed and grip, and the DBX isn't looking to change that. Instead you'll find an appreciable balance of everything that makes for a suitable grand-touring vehicle.

With its turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 thrumming under the hood, our DBX test vehicle sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and cleared the quarter-mile in 12.5 seconds at 112 mph. That's ample speed for a performance SUV. The DBX also has a quick-shifting gearbox, communicative steering, and strong and smooth braking performance. Our only real complaints pertain to a slightly unrefined engine stop-start system and mildly overbearing stability control.
The DBX is comfortable but falls short in a few areas. The front seats in particular feel a little flat and unyielding. They have excellent lateral support to hold you in place while cornering, but they lack any extending support for the lower cushion. The standard adaptive air suspension delivers a commendable ride over nearly any surface, especially considering the large 22-inch wheels that the DBX rolls on. Road noise is also pretty minimal, though wind noise is somewhat more prevalent.

The DBX has tri-zone climate (some competitors offer four-zone systems) and the system is able to warm or cool the cabin quickly. The heated and ventilated seats also work quickly. But we don't like the way the climate controls are laid out. Some functions are toggles or capacitive buttons, while other functions are accessed through the digital display.
Aston Martin has put some of the most beautiful sports cars on the road. But with the DBX, some of the eye-catching design comes at the expense of function. Door handles, window controls and seat controls all look great but present ergonomic challenges. Our biggest gripe concerns the infotainment system: The central display lacks touchscreen functionality. Seriously, why?

The rest of the DBX interior is quite good. The cabin is spacious, especially in the back seat. There's a generous amount of legroom and enough headroom to accommodate someone as tall as 6-foot-5. Despite the unintuitive seat controls, we eventually found a comfortable driving position as well. Visibility out of the cockpit is good, especially to the front.
Technology is where the DBX indisputably trails the pack. First, the good: 1) the 14-speaker audio system, which doesn't carry the markings of any notable audio brand, produces crisp and clear sound quality and 2) the voice recognition system can recognize most commands using natural speech.

It's mostly downhill from there. Everything from using the navigation system to changing the climate controls is a small chore. The infotainment system is supposed to have Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, but we were unable to get it to work during our DBX test. There are four USB ports for charging devices but no wireless charger, which we think is an oversight at this price.

Though the DBX had most of the modern advanced driving aids, their functionality left much to be desired. Adaptive cruise stopped abruptly on a few occasions and the lane keeping system seemed far too sensitive in detecting lane markings yet was useless for actually staying in the lane.
Cargo and storage will always be a relevant topic for any SUV, no matter how exotic. The DBX offers a fairly good amount of utility with a rear cargo area of just over 22 cubic feet, and all of it is pretty usable. The rear seats split in three sections and fold virtually flat for when you need to carry longer items.

Inside there are various places, all modestly sized, for storing personal items. A leather-lined bonus area beneath the center console looks to be a perfect spot for a wireless charger, but we didn't find one there. Most luxury SUVs don't do a great job of offering ample interior storage, so the DBX is not an outlier. Should you want to use your exotic SUV as a school bus, you'll be pleased to know that the child safety seat anchors are easily accessible, and there's a helpful amount of space for installing even a bulky rear-facing model.
This is not the SUV to buy if you're concerned with efficiency, but that said, it's not the worst of the bunch either. The DBX carries an official rating of 15 mpg combined (14 city/18 highway), which aligns with vehicles such as the BMW X5 M and Bentley Bentayga. But let's be real, no one will be making this point. For what it's worth, the DBX returned slightly better fuel economy than expected on Edmunds' 115-mile evaluation route, averaging 19.7 mpg.
While you can't really place a value on exclusivity, we can compare what a vehicle objectively offers versus its competition. The quality of materials in the DBX is exquisite, and we can't remember any vehicle with more leather-wrapped surfaces. There is a lot of super-soft leather here.

For better and for worse, Astons also have a hand-built quality and feel to them. Some gaps and seams, though, aren't quite lined up tightly, and while some may find this charming, others might find it frustrating at this price point. But objectively speaking, the DBX offers nothing that its less expensive peers provide other than the Aston Martin badge. For some, the brand alone is a compelling enough argument.

The DBX offers similar warranty coverage to other brands of this ilk, with three years of comprehensive warranty coverage and roadside assistance and a 10-year corrosion warranty, all without mileage limits.
The DBX is middle of the pack when it comes to fun behind the wheel. Most other exotic SUVs are quicker and have more grip, but the DBX offers a more artisanal balance of things. Those expecting world-beating performance will be left wanting more, but if you're familiar with the Aston Martin experience, the DBX will feel just right.

And when it comes to design, we think Aston Martin nailed the look of the DBX. The brand's design DNA translates surprisingly well, with muscular lines that also manage to look graceful. It looks like an Aston Martin but also like nothing else on the road.

Which DBX does Edmunds recommend?

With its impressive list of standard equipment and high-quality leather interior, any DBX would be fine with us. But if we were picky, we'd opt for one (or all) of the carbon-fiber exterior appearance packages as well as a custom two-tone leather interior and the sport exhaust. Hey, we can dream.

Aston Martin DBX models

The Aston Martin DBX doesn't have any trim levels; instead it offers a multitude of stand-alone options as well as traditional and lifestyle-based option packages. If the seemingly endless list of options and interior combinations is overwhelming, Aston Martin offers ready-made, curated builds, even down to the paint color. All DBXs have a turbocharged 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 engine (542 horsepower, 516 lb-ft) and a nine-speed automatic transmission to route power to all four wheels.

Even without options, the Aston is luxuriously equipped with:

  • 22-inch wheels
  • Adjustable air suspension with adaptive dampers
  • Electronic limited-slip differential for the rear axle
  • LED headlights
  • Full leather upholstery
  • Heated, 12-way power-adjustable front seats with memory
  • Power-operated tailgate
  • 10-inch infotainment touchscreen with navigation
  • Apple CarPlay compatibility
  • Keyless entry with push-button start
  • Heated rear seats
  • Panoramic sunroof

The DBX also comes with:

  • Front and rear parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible in front of or behind the vehicle when parking)
  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Aston Martin and the car in front)
  • Surround-view camera system (gives you a top-down view of the DBX and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
  • Lane keeping assist (steers the DBX back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
  • Blind-spot monitor (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)

Highlights of some of the DBX's many available option packages include:

  • Convenience package
    • Hands-free power tailgate
    • Automated parking system (steers into a parking spot with little or no driver intervention)
    • Touchpad with control for garage door opener
  • Indulgence package
    • 16-way power-adjustable front seats with memory settings
    • Heated and ventilated front and rear seats
    • Tinted rear side windows with added sound insulation
  • DB Elegance package
    • Quilted and perforated leather seating surfaces
    • Upgraded leatherwork with embroidery
  • Events package
    • Rear-facing, trunk-mounted seats
    • Food and dining storage, including a chilled compartment
    • Picnic blanket
    • Umbrella strap
  • Snow package
    • Roof-mounted ski rack
    • Warmer for ski boots
    • Bags for ski storage
    • Snow chains
    • Mud flaps
    • Unique doorsill plates

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5/5 stars, Worth the test drive!
Devan Vincent,
4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A)
Recently I went to an Aston Martin dealership and test drove the DBX because it has interested me and it is supposedly the car that will save the brand. It was a simple 10/10 after driving it. Its performance was excellent. Technology was an upgrade. Comfort was top notch. Safety is a plus. Reliability is good because it’s an SUV. Also the value was just right. I’m thinking of selling my GTC4Lusso and probably get this.
5/5 stars, Best SUV on market...Period!
4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A)
Overall - 9/10 I had mixed emotions when I saw it for the first time. Once I drove it, I realized what makes an Aston Martin an Aston Martin. It’s the drive and prestige. The DBX exceed my high expectations on all levels - as I was considering the Urus, Bentagya, and Tycan S-Turbo in my search. Positives - Stylish, Handling, Acceleration, Power/Performance, Appearance Negs - Non-electric, Electronics/Car (Dated), 1st Generation Vehicle Nonetheless, I purchased it and cannot tell you how happy I am with the DBX. I would skip doing the drives....Go straight to Aston Martin and purchase it. I am a car enthusiast and own many cars...I can tell you an Aston Martin is real thing....and SUV even more so. Great job Aston Martin....I wish you the best with SUV.

2021 Aston Martin DBX video

SPEAKER 1: Behind us are two of the quickest and certainly the most opulent SUVs money can buy, and boy, would it take a lot of money. Between that Aston Martin DBX and that Lamborghini Urus is half a million dollars. SPEAKER 2: Madness! These are super SUV, hyper SUVs, ultra SUVs, insert superlative SUVs, and as a result, our expectations are also in the stratosphere. SPEAKER 1: Instead of doing just one drag race to find out which one's faster, we're going to do a series of races: one for wet weather traction and stability, one for family duties, and, of course, a normal straight line drag race to see which one is quickest in a straight line. How can you not do that? SPEAKER 2: And along the way, we're also going to tell you what we like, and what we don't like, and maybe even which one you should buy. Because at the end of the day, Carlos and I are serious car reviewers, and interest rates are low. You could sell the house, indulge yourself. SPEAKER 1: As the old saying goes, you can sleep in a car, but you can't race a house. SPEAKER 2: Too true. SPEAKER 1: Before we get started, make sure to give us a like, comment, and subscribe. We'd really appreciate it. Also, be sure to visit Edmunds.com/sellmycar to get an instant cash offer on your car. SPEAKER 2: And for a bit of fun, why don't you count the number of James Bond references we make in this film, because let's face it-- an Aston Martin review so kind of have to. SPEAKER 1: Do we? SPEAKER 2: If you want to die another day. SPEAKER 1: Of course, we want to know which of these SUVs is quicker in a straight line, but the question is, what happens when that road turns and is covered in rain, snow, or ice? These are all-wheel drive SUVs after all. So behind us is a surface that's been polished or epoxied. It's also been covered in flour, and that's to simulate what happens on snowy roads that you might find in Utah or Michigan or Minnesota. SPEAKER 2: So let's imagine in a fit of benevolence, you've given your private pilot a day off, and you're driving to a ski chalet in your Lamborghini or your Aston Martin. So we're going to do a time lap going as quickly and as safely as possible and find out which is best for the gentleman skier. SPEAKER 1: Yeah, that's right. SPEAKER 2: So let's set the car up for this epic ice adventure. So we've put the drive mode into sport plus, and then I'm actually using the menu system here to turn off the stability control. Now, if that sounds counter intuitive, it kind of is. But Carlos and I agree that in the interest of friendly competition and making it look spectacular, we're going to run with the systems off. All I'm going to do then is rely on the gearbox here using these floppy paddles which are beautifully rendered in aluminum-- sorry, I should say "aluminum." OK. We ready. SPEAKER 1: Three, two, one, go! SPEAKER 2: I think the gear box isn't working. Hang on. I've got to go into drive before I can go into manual. Hang on, I didn't expect that. SPEAKER 1: We are professionals, professional car evaluators. SPEAKER 2: OK, now I'm ready. Now-- this time. SPEAKER 1: Three, two, one, go! There he goes, and he's finally off, you know. SPEAKER 2: A bit of the old Scandinavian flip, get the front end to bite and hard on the power. Oh, bit of understeer, wait for it to turn. Wait for it to bite. Try and control the oversteer through the flour. Oh! This thing actually steers wonderfully. It's very poised. There's a really good innate balance. Feels like a Lotus, but a heavy one. Come on. SPEAKER 1: Will it be faster? Looks good certainly. I have nothing to compare that to, but that seems pretty solid so far. The challenge with following Alistair is I think this Lamborghini isn't going to be able to get as sideways, so I better be faster. The other challenge that I have-- six different drive modes and they're all in Italian! But because I have a basic understanding of the language, I played around a little bit. I tried the sand mode. I tried the snow mode and the sport mode. I think the sport mode gave me the most sideways, although the fastest might be the sand mode. But because people are watching, and I've got an ego to do right for, I'm going to try to get the most sideways as possible. So sport mode, stability control off, and I'm ready to go. SPEAKER 2: On three, on two, on one, go! SPEAKER 1: That was an unfair start compared to what I gave him, but hey, whatever. He's the boss. All right, so actually really, really good responses from this Urus. I'm really impressed by how playful this is, but also how controllable this is. This is a massive, heavy SUV that I'm able to drive around really well when I get it right. I didn't there. Applied too much power, power set me under steering. This is delightful, I got to say. SPEAKER 2: Oh! He's not quick. He's not quick. It's not quick. SPEAKER 1: That felt good. SPEAKER 2: So Carlos, how good do you think that was? What would you guess your time was? I was 32 seconds I seem to remember. SPEAKER 1: You were 32 seconds after, let's say, quite a few practice runs. I will say that felt good in the Lamborghini. Whether it's faster or not, let's just say I won't be green with envy. SPEAKER 2: Do you think you look good in a big, green Lamborghini? SPEAKER 1: I don't know if that's an insult or not. SPEAKER 2: So your time-- can I do is in the best Top Gear fashion-- your time, 37.46. Victory to Aston Martin. SPEAKER 1: Enjoy it while it lasts, because I think that's going to change later. SPEAKER 2: It may well, but it just shows the benefit of finesse over brute power. SPEAKER 1: What, no Bond pun? SPEAKER 2: Still working on it. So the lesson here, boys and girls, is if you're heading to your ski chalet in the mountains, it's better to arrive as a British Secret Service agent than an Italian tractor maker. SPEAKER 1: What I love about this interior is how unabashedly Lamborghini it is. I mean, it's everything from the chunky shifters to the fact that I need a translator to figure out some of these drive modes. This feels special every single time you get into it. It's also the fact that Lamborghini is not just embroidered on the headrest, color matched to the exterior. It's also that it's chromed above the glove box. Who cares if it blinds you in direct sunlight? It's a Lamborghini for crying out loud. What I don't like are two very minor things. This Urus, like the DBX, shares a lot of parts with a different automaker. In this case, it's Audi Volkswagen, and I recognize a lot of Audi buttons and fonts in here, which is mostly due to the fact that I drive cars for a living and have sit in quite a few Audis. The other point is even less important, let's say, but it's bugged me since it was introduced in Lamborghinis many years ago. You have this flap to reveal the Start/Stop button. That's really cool, but why is there a window that lets me use the button when the flap is down? Kind of defeats the point, doesn't it? This is certainly not for me, but I really respect everything they've done here. This is very cool. SPEAKER 2: Aston Martin DBX-- one thing I like, one thing I don't like. So I like this door handle, which is the kind of epitome of bespoke luxury. I mean, look at the attention to detail and design, and if it's not raging hot like it is today, it actually feels cold, which tells you that's actually proper material and not cheap plastic. What don't I like? Well, this infotainment system essentially borrowed from Mercedes, but it's borrowed from Mercedes about five years ago. It looks like it ought to be a touch screen, and I've been prodding it all weekend. It's covered in my fingerprints, but it's not. You have to control it using this rotary knob. And this is basically a system that was last used in an A class years ago. The whole thing feels slow, ponderous, deeply infuriating. It's supposed to have CarPlay, but three of us have tried, and none of us can make it work. But one other thing before we cut-- the aroma. About 15 years ago, I literally wrote a book on Aston Martin and spent about six weeks at the factory, and I can remember that smell of the cars. And this is built in a different factory-- even a different country. It's actually built in Wales not England, but it still has that same luxurious aroma which is just fabulous, unless you're a vegan, of course. Then it's a disaster. SPEAKER 1: Now it's time for the family stuff race. Of course, these SUVs are still family vehicles, even if they cost a quarter of a million. dollars. So now we're going to do a car seat race-- Edmund's patented car seat race. SPEAKER 2: That's right, this is my very own car seat, but sadly we couldn't afford the fees for my two-year-old. So we have replaced her with-- SPEAKER 1: Kenny Rogers, our regulation-size chicken. SPEAKER 2: Apparently a bit of a gambler. SPEAKER 1: The way this race is going to work is each one of us has got an opportunity to install his car seat once in our respective vehicles. Now, because Alistair's the dad-- and I'm not-- and it's his car seat, we're going to give him a bit of a handicap. Fastest car seat installation wins with bonus points for remaining front seat comfort. After talking with the producers, we've decided Alistair's handicap will be a [? lama ?] start starting at that wall. SPEAKER 2: It's quite a long way to run for me. SPEAKER 1: Look, you've got long legs. You can make it happen. SPEAKER 2: Chicken legs. SPEAKER 1: Hey, he said it. Got this. He's going down. SPEAKER 2: Three, two, one, go! It's a solid start. This is a man without a dad bod, but with limited experience with car seats. I think he's made-- I think he's made a fundamental error trying to put the belt in first. SPEAKER 1: Call it. SPEAKER 3: Is the rooster in the seat? SPEAKER 1: He's in a seat. SPEAKER 2: Is the rooster strapped in-- you know you have to strap babies into the seat. You can't just like chuck 'em in. SPEAKER 1: There's nothing about strapping babies in the rules. SPEAKER 3: All right, call it. SPEAKER 2: 42 seconds. I forgot to stop it. SPEAKER 1: You forgot to stop it? Well, I was trying to work out at what point we were finishing. SPEAKER 2: So now some practical consumer advice. Remember, we did promise you that at the beginning. Carlos is a man of average height. How much room have you got in the front passenger seat? SPEAKER 1: About half an Arnie from my knee to the dash-- so not bad. SPEAKER 2: So when the producer gave me these, genuinely said they were British. So I pointed out that this is actually the French flag. SPEAKER 1: Those aren't American? SPEAKER 2: Do you know what my philosophy is for this competition? Live and let die. SPEAKER 1: Alistair, flail your arms if you're ready. OK. Three, two, one, go! It's a pretty good pace, pretty good pace. SPEAKER 2: I haven't run this hard in a long time. SPEAKER 1: Oh, starting with the hand! SPEAKER 2: Stupid door handles! SPEAKER 1: That's a pro-move. SPEAKER 2: Of course, they watch the very posh leather. SPEAKER 1: Yeah, that leather looks very fancy. I would hate to scratch it, wouldn't you? SPEAKER 2: Oh, god, come on seat belt. SPEAKER 1: You doing all right over there? SPEAKER 2: Not really. SPEAKER 1: You doing OK? SPEAKER 2: Click. SPEAKER 1: You need a hand? SPEAKER 2: Tight. Down. Check it's stable. SPEAKER 1: Kenny Rogers? SPEAKER 2: Chicken. SPEAKER 1: Kenny. Oh, look at the delicacy and care. SPEAKER 3: Time. SPEAKER 2: Did I win? SPEAKER 1: Kind of? Maybe? SPEAKER 2: It's the fastest I've run in about 20 years. So the big question on everybody's lips-- Aston wins the seat installation, but what about front leg room? SPEAKER 1: I've got about 3/4 of an Arnie from my knees to the dash. So it sounds like the Aston wins the car seat race both in terms of time to install the seat and knee comfort for an average, adult male. SPEAKER 2: What a wonderfully practical, versatile, sensible sports utility vehicle. SPEAKER 1: Alistair, how was the drive up here with that thing? SPEAKER 2: Very pleasant, thank you. It really is a nice way to travel. The whole vehicle feels smaller than it actually is, which is always a good sign. The air suspension is set up really well, so it rides beautifully. You know, it feels special. It feels like a bespoke piece of couture, because that's kind of what it is. To a large extent, it is hand-built. And the only trade for that is you do get a few more squeaks and rattles than you might in a more mass-produced car, but I like it. It has a real sense of occasion. SPEAKER 1: Yeah, I think what you're describing is kind of the trade off between something that's built in fewer numbers. You just have to kind of accept some of the qualities that you may-- some of the build qualities that may arise from that kind of assembly. This Lamborghini, on the other hand-- I mean, to be quite frank, I think we were both prepared to not dislike it, but just sort of like, oh, it's something that looks that way. It's bright green. It's so aggressive, and so in your face in terms of design. But the remarkable thing is when you drive it on the road, it's absolutely none of those things. When you leave it in the normal drive settings, it's quiet. It's really comfortable. It's easy to steer. It's nimble. It's easy to see out of, and then when you step on the gas pedal, it goes like stink. This is something that-- as you would expect-- you could really easily daily drive this. And that's a pretty remarkable thing from a super SUV like this one is. SPEAKER 2: I think it's time for this car to don its tuxedo and head to the start line. Carlos, how's the ride quality in the Lamborghini? Were you shaken not stirred? SPEAKER 1: I hate you. You know, Alistair, I'm kind of ashamed to admit, I don't know what's under the hood of that. What is under the hood of that Aston Martin DBX? SPEAKER 2: This is a Mercedes ANG 4 liter, twin-turbo V8. SPEAKER 1: I too have a twin-turbo 4 liter V8, but this one's from the Volkswagen group. SPEAKER 2: I have 542 horsepower and 516 pounds feet of torque. SPEAKER 1: I've got 641 horsepower, but I feel like I'm slightly heavier. This is about 5,200 pounds if you round it. SPEAKER 2: Yeah, this is almost 5,200 pounds as well, so I think you are slightly heavier but only just according to the scales. SPEAKER 1: Anyway, I'll explain the launch control process now for the viewers at home. So with the Urus, the best way to get a launch out of it is to push this anima lever down to korsa. The revs rise up. You hold the brake with your left foot, and you mash the gas with your right and release the brake. And that's launch control. And it's really flippin' fast when you do it that way. I mean like, really fast. SPEAKER 2: So set up the Aston for drag racing, which seems very unseemly to be honest. We've gone into sport plus mode. We've turned off the stability control. Then it's a left foot, right foot job using the paddles here to manually select gears. SPEAKER 1: I'm going to dust that Aston Martin. It's going to be eating dust, Italian dust-- probably taste pretty good too. SPEAKER 4: All right, we are going to race. Drivers race in 3, 2, 1, go! SPEAKER 1: Bye, Aston! Bye, Aston! SPEAKER 2: Oh! SPEAKER 1: Nice to know you! SPEAKER 2: Oh, I made a mess of it. SPEAKER 1: Bye! Oh, my god! SPEAKER 2: I was a bit worried about how fast that Lambo was off the line. SPEAKER 1: I think it's a speck in my rear-view mirror. SPEAKER 2: Oh. Yeah, we might need one more run of those, because I got a bit blown away by how fast the Lambo was and forgot to change gears, which kind of screwed it up. SPEAKER 4: All right, drivers. Race in three, two, one, go! SPEAKER 2: Oh, that Lamborghini just launches so well. SPEAKER 1: Bye, Aston! I see his grill. I see the front of the car. I see the finish line, and it's Lamborghini-- number one on race day, which honestly is what you should expect for how much power this makes over that Aston Martin. SPEAKER 2: To be honest, that all looked a bit vulgar. I tried to bring a bit-- a kind of air of finesse and sophistication to the proceedings. SPEAKER 1: That sounds like loser speak. SPEAKER 2: I won the car seat race. SPEAKER 1: That you did, that you did. I won the race race. What happens when you launch that thing? What does it feel like? SPEAKER 2: Not a lot, really. I mean, it's crazy to say it, but I think modern suspension and tire technologies just got so good that even launching an SUV with 541 horsepower-- it just sort of grips and goes. There's no real drama. SPEAKER 1: Yeah, and it's remarkable the power to weight, because I think, off the top of my head, that's closer to 9 and 1/2 pounds per horsepower, and this is like closer to eight pounds per horsepower. And the difference off the line is staggering between the two, because this has a really aggressive launch control. And you could just feel those front tires pulling this thing off the line. It feels like it's leaping. SPEAKER 2: Yeah, I think that's the difference. The Lamborghini is set up to be a hypercar in an SUV frock basically, where as the DBX is a more sporty version of a Bentley. So it's somewhere between the two. SPEAKER 1: So this whole experience is a great setup for our rolling race, as we always do, where we eliminate the launch from the drag race essentially and see what these cars would do if you just slammed the gas pedal on the freeway. SPEAKER 2: OK, let's do this. SPEAKER 1: May want to pick manual mode so you don't end up in the wrong gear. SPEAKER 2: OK, so I'm using second gear to try and make sure we have some boost. Going up to 40 miles an hour, and go! And go, go, go, go! SPEAKER 1: Oh, it actually downshifted. SPEAKER 2: Manual mode. SPEAKER 1: Oh no! SPEAKER 2: Little bit slow to change. Did I just jump that or did we blow away the Lamborghini? SPEAKER 1: OK, so what happened is I nailed the gas in manual mode, and it downshifted to first gear. As soon as it was out of revs, it automatically up-shifted to second. So I was like, OK, you're going to take care of the shifts by yourself. But then I ran to the limiter on third gear. So if you're going to up-shift car by yourself, always up-shift by yourself. Never let me hit the limiter, because then you lose the race. SPEAKER 2: This wasn't turbo-lite. This was transmission control. SPEAKER 1: Yeah, that was me misunderstanding what the car was going to do with regard to shifting. I was reeling it in like crazy by the end. SPEAKER 2: One should work out how to change gear in an automatic car. SPEAKER 1: Exactly, exactly. Should we do that again? SPEAKER 2: I'm happy to give you one more try to see whether you can master this gearbox. SPEAKER 1: All right, here we go. Roll race number two, or number one. I don't know. SPEAKER 2: No, it's definitely roll race number two. Second gear. Power! He's got to go! 7,000, click. He's railing me in now. Come on! SPEAKER 1: It was really fun just pulling on you at the very end there. SPEAKER 2: Still struggling at the start to work out which gear you want to be in. SPEAKER 1: The gearing was fine. It was a turbo lag. So it did downshift to first gear again all by itself, automatically up-shifted to second, but I grabbed third gear when I saw red line. The real thing seems to be turbo lag. When you roll on the throttle in second gear, when you nail the throttle like I did, it takes a while for this engine to get to steam once you're in gear. But once it's on, once it's at steam? Oh, boy, get out of the way. SPEAKER 2: What I do like in this Aston, actually-- and I know you and I disagree on this-- SPEAKER 1: Tell me more about what you like about the Aston. SPEAKER 2: I like the fact that when you hit the rev limiter, it doesn't automatically change up. If you're in manual, you're in manual, and it's on you, sonny. SPEAKER 1: Why do you want to sit on the rev limiter? SPEAKER 2: I don't, but I want to be in control. And also, if you're piling out of a bend or something, you want to have a good sense of when you're changing up. You know, sometimes you want to actually manage that yourself, particularly if you're on a track. You don't really want the car randomly changing up when you least expect it. SPEAKER 1: In your 5,200 pound SUV on the track? SPEAKER 2: Yeah, well it's nice to talk like a racer. SPEAKER 1: So we've come to the end. Let's talk about the races. When it comes to the slippery surface, the Aston won. SPEAKER 2: Comfortably. SPEAKER 1: The car seat race, the Aston won as well. SPEAKER 2: Comfortably. SPEAKER 1: Despite a handicap, which is actually really impressive. When it comes to the drag race-- Lamborghini very comfortably wins that race, but why would you choose one of these SUVs over the other? SPEAKER 2: Well, I want to start with a bit of context. Let me ask you a question. How many vehicles did the-- how many cars did the Volkswagen group produce last year? SPEAKER 1: I don't know, a billion? SPEAKER 2: 9.3 million in a bad year. In the first six months of last year, Aston made-- or sold-- 1,770. SPEAKER 1: That's way less cars. SPEAKER 2: It's way less cars. SPEAKER 1: Way less. SPEAKER 2: Put it in the context like this-- this car was developed when Aston Martin was absolutely in the deep do-do. It's since had a bit of a buyout. And in that context, this really is a great achievement. It drives beautifully. It feels special. Every journey has a sense of occasion, which is exactly what you need of a car costing $200,000. But you do have to accept an infotainment system that's kind of akin to a fax machine and a few squeaks and rattles, because-- SPEAKER 1: And some clunks and a window that doesn't work. SPEAKER 2: It's kind of hand built, but it's so nearly a great car. And I do love it. And also, if you want to be discrete. If you want to go unnoticed, you can-- unlike the Lamborghini in which every journey you have to be Kim Kardashian. SPEAKER 1: And that's what turned off a lot of us with the Urus at first, but when you drive it, you realize it backs up that extravagant design with really supple comfort and really amazing fun to drive factor, I guess you would say. This thing's just a hoot on a windy road-- like not just good for an SUV with 640 horsepower, but a really good handling SUV. It's just staggering. SPEAKER 2: We were actually saying we think it's better than it needs to be. SPEAKER 1: Right. SPEAKER 2: It's astonishingly good to drive. SPEAKER 1: On top of that, you have all the modern technology conveniences, and they all work, which is really impressive. Now the downside is it is $100,000 more as tested than that Aston Martin, but I would argue it actually might be worth it. SPEAKER 2: But he's basically a $91,100 different between the two. SPEAKER 1: And I think you said it best off-camera. This is the SUV we didn't want to love, but we do. And that Aston Martin is what we want to love in spite of some issues. SPEAKER 2: And kind of still do. SPEAKER 1: For more super relevant car shopping advice, especially in the year 2021, be sure to visit Edmunds.com. Also like, comment, and subscribe, and visit edmands.com/sellmycar to get an instant cash offer on your car. And we're going to have to do something a little more reasonable next time, I think. SPEAKER 2: I think so. SPEAKER 1: Yeah. SPEAKER 2: But thanks for watching. It's been great fun. SPEAKER 1: Yeah, thank you. SPEAKER 2: We hope you enjoyed it too.

Lamborghini Urus vs. Aston Martin DBX | Exotic SUV Showdown & Drag Race

The Aston Martin DBX and Lamborghini Urus are among the quickest and most opulent SUVs money can buy. These are super SUVs with the power and luxury to match, which means our expectations are in the stratosphere.

Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
14 City / 18 Hwy / 15 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 22.5 gal. capacity
5 seats
Type: all wheel drive
Transmission: 9-speed shiftable automatic
V8 cylinder
Horsepower: 542 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 516 lb-ft @ 2200 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ unlimited mi.
Length: 198.4 in. / Height: 66.1 in. / Width: 78.7 in.
Curb Weight: 4940 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 22.3 cu.ft.
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Our experts’ favorite DBX safety features:

Automatic emergency braking
Warns if a front impact is imminent and applies the brakes if you don't respond in time.
Blind-spot monitor
Alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot.
Lane keeping assist
Steers the DBX back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker.

Aston Martin DBX vs. the competition

2021 Aston Martin DBX

2021 Aston Martin DBX

2020 Bentley Bentayga

2020 Bentley Bentayga

Aston Martin DBX vs. Bentley Bentayga

The Bentayga mixes bold and brash with bespoke and British to luxurious effect. Upgrades for 2021 include an improved tech interface, more rear legroom and refreshed exterior styling. Both the DBX and the Bentayga can be had in nearly any specification you can think of but the Bentley has the better infotainment system.

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Aston Martin DBX vs. Porsche Cayenne Coupe

To properly do battle with the lighter and more nimble DBX, might we suggest the Cayenne Coupe in the devastatingly fast 670-hp Turbo S E-Hybrid? They offer similar elevated price tags, but the Porsche counters the Aston's hand-built interior and exclusivity with a similar amount of nearly endless customization options as well as better tech.

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Aston Martin DBX vs. Lamborghini Urus

If you want everyone to know you've arrived, there's almost no better vehicle than the Urus. Available in some truly wild colors, the Urus also packs the performance to back up its looks. But the Urus is just as wild on the inside and runs counter to the Aston''s subdued but luxurious interior. Your personality will likely make the decision for you.

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Is the Aston Martin DBX a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 DBX both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.6 out of 10. You probably care about Aston Martin DBX fuel economy, so it's important to know that the DBX gets an EPA-estimated 15 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the DBX has 22.3 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Aston Martin DBX. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Aston Martin DBX?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Aston Martin DBX:

  • First SUV from Aston Martin
  • Standard turbocharged V8
  • Seating for five
  • Kicks off the first DBX generation for 2021
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Is the Aston Martin DBX reliable?

To determine whether the Aston Martin DBX is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the DBX. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the DBX's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Aston Martin DBX a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Aston Martin DBX is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 DBX and gave it a 7.6 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 DBX is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Aston Martin DBX?

The least-expensive 2021 Aston Martin DBX is the 2021 Aston Martin DBX 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $176,900.

Other versions include:

  • 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $176,900
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What are the different models of Aston Martin DBX?

If you're interested in the Aston Martin DBX, the next question is, which DBX model is right for you? DBX variants include 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A). For a full list of DBX models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Aston Martin DBX

2021 Aston Martin DBX Overview

The 2021 Aston Martin DBX is offered in the following submodels: DBX SUV. Available styles include 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A).

What do people think of the 2021 Aston Martin DBX?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Aston Martin DBX and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 DBX 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 DBX.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Aston Martin DBX and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 DBX featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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Should I lease or buy a 2021 Aston Martin DBX?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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