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Those in the market for a luxury SUV certainly have some options at the moment. Joining the new Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus and Rolls-Royce Cullinan is the new Aston Martin DBX.

It’s Aston Martin’s first-ever SUV, but how does it stack up against the competition? Rory Reid finds out in Auto Trader’s latest video review.

Aston Martin DBX engine

First up, the engine. The Aston Martin DBX has a twin turbo charged, Mercedes AMG-derived V8 (the same as in the Vantage), which makes 550 horsepower thanks to updated turbo chargers and an improved compression ratio, among other tweaks.

And yes, before you ask, the mix of a Mercedes engine and Aston Martin exhaust sounds every bit as good in real life as it does on paper. Hit play and listen for yourself.

The Aston Martin DBX isn’t the fastest SUV, getting 0-62 in 4.5 seconds, but it compensates with some fun cornering and a rear-wheel-drive-esque handling.

What’s the Aston Martin DBX like to drive?

The Aston Martin DBX almost handles like a sportscar; it’s responsive and fun to drive.

The Aston Martin DBX uses 48-volt anti-roll stabilisation gizmos (which they call an electric anti-roll control system) to reduce body roll. This applies 1,400 Newton metres of torque, ranking it among the more powerful.

Having said that, it’s heavy. It weighs 2,145kg – not the heaviest performance SUV, but you feel the weight when turning a low-speed corner.

Power goes through an eight-speed automatic gearbox, which allows for better towing performance and smoother road driving.

Aston Martin DBX interior and design

Aston Martin have included their classic touches in the DBX. There’s the grill (the biggest they’ve ever fitted), the badge (scaled up, to fit the size of the SUV).

Along the sides, sculpted elements detract from how massive the car is, and there are sweet extra touches like bonnet vents which are exhausted towards the screen – helping clear water without needing wipers.

Inside, there’s a Mercedes-derived infotainment system with two display screens, a decent amount of practical space and pleasant fabrics.

In the back, passengers get a good amount of legroom and there’s a 632-litre boot, so you’re not especially compromising on space.

Aston Martin DBX review

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