- Incredible performance
- Class-leading design
- Powerful and punchy
- Top-of-the-range equipment
Launching the marque’s new dedicated £250 million factory at St Athan, 18 miles west of Cardiff, the DBX was the first SUV from this exclusive brand in 2020.
It sought to redefine the rich-family friendly SUV sector, delivering a strong dose of sporting musk to the market, and it has become the brand’s best-selling model series.
Now it has gone one better and added the more potent 697bhp DBX to the line-up to build on that initial success.
Engines and Performance
The launch models pushed out 543bhp but the DBX707 develops 697bhp, so that is a big step-up and Aston Martin’s engineers, working with powertrain supplier Mercedes-Benz, have worked hard to ensure the boost is beautifully integrated into the 2.2 tonne SUV.
The raw power is impressive, but what is more remarkable is the fluid form it takes when pedal is pressed to metal. It will knock you back in your seats, but it is all well controlled and with a lighter foot at times you can see a return of over 24mpg.
Coming hand in hand with the power boost are revisions to the transmission, steering, brakes and suspension. It is a complete package of performance and refinement, with nothing left out of the mix.
The 697bhp 4.0-litre V8 engine is an instant starter with a rumbling note at first which gives way to a deeper roar as the throttle is depressed.
Take up is swift and there is an initial hint of turbo lag but once the engine starts spinning away you just hold on and enjoy. Gears seamlessly slip into place and speed rapidly rises with the legal motorway maximum just a modest tickover, hence the good fuel figure.
Where conditions permit, you can stretch the sporting SUV’s legs, and it never shows signs of strain, just gets on with the job while the driver and passengers relax and insulate themselves from the world whizzing by.
While the DBX 707 does so well on main roads, it also impresses on winding country roads where it stays firmly planted on the tarmac as the driver winds in the steering and eases off without any effort but a lot of feedback.
Should the need arise, the massive beefed up carbon-ceramic breaks inside the 22-inch wheels give immense stopping power with utter control to rest, and the electric parking brake will hold the car on the steepest of slopes while instantly releasing when the throttle is used.
The front wish-bone and rear multi-link suspension gave a very progressive feel to the shock absorption and ability to corner at speed while keeping everything under control and irrespective of load, but it also generated continuous road noise despite double-glazed side windows, and sometimes it was firmer than preferred.
Design and Practicality
The big seats really soaked up any shocks coming into the cabin and the front pair had a wide adjustment range with good thigh and back support.
Those behind also enjoyed deep padding, shaped cushions with adequate room for legs and heads.
Everyone has to step up into the cabin, but a nice feature was the ability to drop the car to ease access for users and to place luggage in the flat, wide, and long boot space under the high lifting tailgate. Capacity is huge and boosted by an underfloor compartment.
Equipment and Technology
Inside, for the driver and passengers the big familiar Aston Martin central display retains the push-buttons to select automatic transmission and this in turn opens up an array of modes to cater for ranges, roads, and conditions.
Some surprisingly small dials cover the essentials for the driver and there is a selectable computer display, and they were very clearly marked and easy to read at a glance.
Buttons on the wheel-spokes, along the facia and over the central console covered the wipers, lights, car-settings and climate and all worked well, although I would have liked a smoother action with the ICE feature.
The DBX707 is fitted with a plethora of electronic safety aids and traction monitors, some of the brightest lights on any modern car and all-round cameras to help with pulling into traffic lanes or reversing into dark parking places.
Despite the camera and sensor assistance there are some blind spots around this big car, and you have to be careful when parking near low walls or posts, for instance, particularly if there are some active children in the area.
The Aston Martin DBX707 is possibly the best SUV the company has produced to date, bringing sporting performance and flair to a market sector with only a few rivals, but like all fashion statements it cannot be left too long without some changes to keep it ahead and its crown unshaken at the top of this luxury range.