Aston Martin DBX 2023 Review, Price and Specifications

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Summary

Don’t be fooled by the SUV body, the Aston Martin DBX 2023 is embedded with British brand racing DNA. It’s bigger than the DB11 and not as nimble as the Vantage, but unlike its low-key sibling, this high-ride ute has a usable rear seat, offers more cargo space, and can be towed and gone off-road. The regular DBX has a sweet-sounding twin-turbo V-8, but not as fast as some of its cheaper competitors. The solution to that is the new 697-hp DBX 707, which has a hotter engine and other performance improvements. Each example also comes with a rich-looking interior that can be extensively customized. We wish it had a firmer brake pedal and full active safety features. Still, the DBX 2023 is just as dapper and entertaining as an Aston grand touring car, only wrapped in an SUV wrap.

What’s New in 2023?

For 2023, Aston has finally added a faster and more powerful model with the introduction of the DBX 707. It features a revised version of the standard twin-turbo V-8 producing 697 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. The standard nine-speed automatic with a conventional torque converter was also replaced with a nine-speed unit with a wet clutch package. The power figures represent an increase of 155 and 147, respectively, over the standard engine. The DBX 707 is said to go from zero to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and from zero to 100 mph in 7.4 seconds. Helping to stop this fast SUV are a standard set of carbon-ceramic brakes. Along with unique exterior elements, the inside of the DBX 707 includes an updated center console with a swivel gear selector. Shortcut keys have also been added to the middle stack, making it easier to adjust drive mode settings.

Price and Where to Buy

Aston Martin provides an impressive number of personalization options for the DBX, especially through its Q customization service. It company online configurator showing a few different look packages, and we love the Accelerate interior theme, with its faux leather and suede mix and Sports Plus upholstery. On the outside, we’ll opt for the gorgeous Minotaur Green paint and 22-inch Black and bronze Ribbon alloy wheels. We also opted for a tow, power tailgate and Sports Exhaust system package which allowed us to enjoy the engine music better.

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Engine, Transmission and Performance

The regular DBX is powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine supplied by Mercedes-AMG. The engine produces 542 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque and is paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission, also supplied by Mercedes. The DBX 707 features a revised version of the AMG powertrain that produces 697 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. The nine-speed automatic uses a wet clutch package instead of the torque converter used by the standard transmission. While the DBX is essentially rear-wheel drive, the center transfer case sends torque to the front axle when slippage is detected at the rear. It also has a limited slip rear differential and can tow up to 5,940 pounds. Adaptive dampers and height-adjustable air springs come standard at Aston—a boon for off-road adventures. The DBX we tested hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, which is respectable for a hot SUV, but the Lamborghini Urus and other competitors are faster. The DBX 707 is much faster and reaches 60 mph in 3.1 seconds. The version we drove on the UK’s best roads featured powerful engine sound and unobtrusive operation of the transmission. Thanks to a diverse set of driving modes, the chassis exhibits a variety of behaviors, from smooth and relaxed to responsive and fun. Despite stopping short of 157 feet from 70 mph, the ute suffers from an unresponsive brake pedal.

Real World Fuel Economy and MPG

According to the EPA methodology, a regular DBX will deliver 14 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway. We haven’t had a chance to evaluate the fuel economy of a real-world standard model on our 75-mph highway route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, but when we do, we’ll update this story with test results. For more information on DBX fuel economy, visit EPA website.

Interior, Comfort and Cargo

The DBX shares much of its switchgear with the rest of the Aston Martin family. The cab is upholstered in attractively stitched leather, soft-touch surfaces and a microsuede headliner. The Ute comes standard with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, adjustable ambient lighting, three-zone climate control, and heated front and rear seats. Desirable options include ventilated front seats, heated steering wheels, and a variety of more luxurious cabin materials. Rear seat space is ample, with plenty of knee and headroom for adults. There’s also a good amount of cargo volume, with 22 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 54 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The large 10.2-inch infotainment screen—based on the aging Mercedes interface—doesn’t respond to touch input. Instead, you control the unit via the steering wheel buttons as well as the play button on the center console; integrated touchpad is optional. The system includes popular features, such as Apple CarPlay integration, built-in navigation, 14-speaker stereo, and multiple USB and 12-volt charging outlets.

Safety Features and Driver Assistance

The DBX is available with some driver-assist technology, but the list surprisingly lacks the expected content like lane maintenance assistance. For more information on DBX crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) website. Key security features:

  • Standard front and rear parking sensors
  • Standard 360 degree camera system
  • Standard automatic high beam

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Aston’s current warranty covers limited coverage and an outstanding powertrain. Buyers can pay more for an extended plan that includes multiple scheduled maintenance visits.

  • Limited warranty covers three years and unlimited miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers three years and unlimited miles
  • No free scheduled maintenance

specification

specification

2023 Aston Martin DBX 707
Vehicle Type: front engine, all wheel drive, 5 passengers, 4 door wagon

PRICE
Basic/As Tested: $239,086/$292.186

MACHINE
twin-turbocharged and DOHC 32-valve V-8 intercooler, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 243 inches33982 cm3
Power: 697 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 663 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

TRANSMISSION
9 speed auto

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: multilink/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 16.5-in ventilated carbon-ceramic disc, cross-drilled, cross-ventilated carbon-ceramic disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero A8A
F: 285/35ZR-23 (107Y) Extra Load
R: 325/30ZR-23 (109Y) Extra Load

SIZE
Wheelbase: 120.5 inches
Length: 198.4 inches
Width: 78.7 inches
Height: 66.1 inches
Passenger Volume: 109 feet3
Cargo Volume: 22 feet3
Curb weight: 5128 lb

CD TEST RESULT
60 mph: 3.1 seconds
100 mph: 7.9 seconds
1/4-Mile: 11.5 seconds @ 119 mph
130 mph: 14.2 seconds
150 mph: 21.2 seconds

The above result eliminates a 1 foot 0.3 second launch.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 4.5 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.7 seconds
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.1 seconds
Top Speed ​​(mfr claim): 193 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 151 feet
Braking, 100–0 mph: 303 feet
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.94 g

CD FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 15 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 17/15/20 mpg

CD TESTING EXPLAINED

2021 Aston Martin DBX

TRANSPORTATION TYPE
front engine, all wheel drive, 5 passenger wagon, 4 door

PRICE ACCORDING TO TEST
$195,586 (base price: $179,986)

MACHINE TYPE
V-8 twin-turbocharged and intercooled, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection

Transfer
243 inches33982 cm3

Power
542 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque
516 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

TRANSMISSION
9 speed auto

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 16.1-in ventilated, grooved disc/15.4-in ventilated, grooved disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4 PNCS, F: 285/40ZR22 (101Y) A8A R: 325/35ZR22 (114Y) A8A

SIZE
Wheelbase: 120.5 inches
Length: 198.4 inches
Width: 78.7 inches
Height: 66.1 inches
Passenger volume: 109 feet3
Cargo volume: 22 feet3
Curb weight: 5128 lb

CD TEST RESULT
60 mph: 3.9 seconds
100 mph: 9.5 seconds
150 mph: 25.6 seconds
1/4 mile: 12.4 seconds @ 114 mph

The above result eliminates a 1 foot 0.3 second launch.
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.7 seconds
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.7 s
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.4 s
Top speed (mfr claim): 181 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 157 feet
Braking, 100–0 mph: 310 feet
Road handle, 300 ft diameter skidpad: 0.92 g

CD FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 13 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 15/14/18 mpg

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