If Aston Martin has anything to teach other makers of super-luxury or exotic cars about how to make your first high-riding SUV, it’s probably that compromise is key. These are the cars that appear to promise the world, but if you get seduced by the versatility of the vehicle concept and the potential of the technology you’re using, you might lose sight of what really matters.
If, however, you keep your brand’s core attributes close – distinguishing exterior style, a lavish interior and a driving experience of sporting poise but also tactile involvement and expressive character, in Aston Martin’s case – you can make a very successful and convincing entry into the extra-rarefied SUV niche.
The DBX isn’t quite as practical, capable or refined as some rivals, but it offers so much more usability and adaptability than any other Aston to date, and yet it still drives like so many big, burbling and engaging Astons – and that is a real achievement. It doesn’t try to cover quite as much notional ground as some competitors, but for interested drivers at least, it may be all the more appealing as a result.