Your response to the DBS’s cabin design may well be defined by just how well acquainted you are with the wider Aston Martin model range. While there’s no questioning the material richness or luxurious ambience of the interior, customers upgrading from the DB11 will certainly notice the similarities between the two treatments.
Aside from our test car’s ‘triaxial’ diamond quilting (a £1995 option) and sportier seat design, the two cars are identical in terms of layout and primary componentry, which may come as a bit of a disappointment given the DB11 can be yours for some £80,000 less than our test subject.
The firm yet comfortably supportive seats position you low down in the cabin and, unlike in the 812 Superfast we road tested, are completely electronically adjustable. The steering column, meanwhile, also offers plenty of adjustability for rake and reach. Aside from a slight right-handed offset of that steering column, the DBS’s driving position is practically spot on – as it should be in a car pitched as an effortless intracontinental tourer.
Unlike the previous DBS – that of Bond-franchise fame – this latest model retains its ‘occasional’ rear seats, although you’re unlikely to find that anyone bar small children will actually be able to use them. Isofix child-seat mounting points are present, so there’s the potential to squeeze a booster seat in the back – but actually doing so would only be possible by sacrificing a lot of space in the front.