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.
The DBS’s boot is of a useful size, and certainly large enough for a few weekend bags, and maybe even a suitcase or two. The aperture itself is conveniently wide, but a touch on the narrow side. We don’t expect you would have any great problems loading the DBS with enough kit for a long-weekend sojourn to the south of France, though.
Aston Martin’s Mercedes-sourced infotainment system isn’t a patch on what the German firm fits to its current upper-range saloons and SUVs – although, compared with some in the super-GT class, it has plenty going for it.
When we evaluated its application in the DB11 two years ago, we praised it for being “fine-looking” and slick to use. In 2018, it’s beginning to feel its age, lacking something on graphical sophistication and coming without features such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Still, although the DBS Superleggera may not have the best infotainment system money can buy, it’s reasonably intuitive and easy to figure out. Our only complaint concerning its ergonomics is the fact that the rotary controller is tucked slightly too far beneath the touchpad, which can make it a bit awkward to reach.