2023 Aston Martin DBX707 (car review)

In the era of the SUV, Australians have been spoilt for choice when it comes to hauling the family around. While there’s plenty of discussion about who does it best, Aston Martin has thrown their hat into the pointy end of the market with the DBX707.

Up against performance rivals like the Lamborghini Urus Performante, and Bentley Bentayga S (with the Speed having been retired), it delivers 520kW of power and 900Nm of torque. Able to skip to 100km/h in 3.3 seconds, it has a top speed of 310km/h.

The 5-seater is a little on the thirsty side, especially when pushed, and you’ll do well to maintain an economy figure of 13.5-litres/100km. What it will do when it drinks all that juice, is pin you in your seat, when you bury your foot.

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With the potential to figuratively snap necks as the twin turbo 4.0-litre V8 into gear, it does an exceptional job of delivering power via a 9-speed automatic transmission. Silky smooth, it delivers instant power, with no wait for the turbos to spool up.

That was just one of the nice surprises. The second is the fact this isn’t a difficult car to drive (despite what you might expect with all that get up and go). It’s comfortable and cruisy when you get off the loud pedal.

2023 Aston Martin DBX707
2023 Aston Martin DBX707

You’d almost say it offers the best of both worlds; tame in the city and angry on the open road. Walking around the DBX707, you’ll be greeted with such goodies as 23-inch wheels and huge carbon ceramic brakes.

What probably won’t blow your mind though is the exterior styling, able to pass its self off as just another SUV, in a sea of family cruisers. It doesn’t scream look at me like the Lamborghini does, that’s for sure.

You will notice when you crawl through city streets that the “right” people see it; people in expensive suits take note as you drive by. You might even go so far as to say it’s not appreciated by the masses, but loved by the people deserving of such a special car.

Visually, the front end feels a little dated and yet the rear end offers aggressive styling – it’s almost like two different people designed the car. Inside, there’s the usual splashes of leather and Alcantara you’d expect to find at the super luxury end of the market.

The seats, despite their sporty look, are astoundingly comfortable, especially on longer journeys. Aston Martin has combined both luxury and performance without impairing the driving experience, although we did find two flaws during testing.

dash
Inside the 2023 Aston Martin DBX707

The first of these is the gear selection process, because there’s no shifter. Instead, you get buttons across the top of the centre console.

Sure, you’re not going to need to touch them for a good portion of your time behind the wheel because it’s an auto, and there’s also flappy paddles, what happens when you need to park.

Trying to get in and out of an awkward spot will see you having to reach out and push button your way backwards and forwards between drive and reverse. The other real let down is the infotainment unit.

There’s no touchscreen, with features accessed via dials and touchpads in the console. Throw wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into the mix and you’ll find yourself distracted from the road each time you have to make a change beyond the steering wheel controls.

Having to disconnect and reconnect your phone every time you get in and out of the car simply adds to the frustration. It’s not all doom and gloom though, with the sound system in the DBX707 offering a world class audio experience.

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Inside the 2023 Aston Martin DBX707

It’s so good, this writer found himself listening to old songs he hadn’t heard in ages, because it felt like a whole new listening experience; almost like being in the front row at a concert.

Priced from $439,000 plus on-roads, the 2023 Aston Martin DBX707 puts up a serious fight for the best driver focused performance SUV on the market. It comes with a 3-year unlimited kilometre warranty, and is available in 55 different colours.

Offering a perfect combination of weekday and weekend car, it just needs a few upgrades to make it stand out from the crowd. You can find out more on the Aston Martin website, or from you local dealership. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

Our test vehicle was provided by Aston Martin for review purposes.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Driving experience
8.5
Exterior styling
7.5
Interior look and feel
8
Technology and connectivity
7
Family friendliness
9
Value for money
7

SUMMARY

Pros - unbridled performance; easy to drive; comfort levels; roomy.
Cons - complicated infotainment controls; wired connectivity; gear selection process.
Cody Mckay
Cody Mckay
If it has wheels and an engine, Cody has most likely driven it. A mechanic by trade (he owns Radical Mechanical) and a race driver in Aussie Racing Cars, Cody brings his life time of experiences in the motor trade to the Exhaust Notes Australia team.

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<strong>Pros -</strong> unbridled performance; easy to drive; comfort levels; roomy.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> complicated infotainment controls; wired connectivity; gear selection process.2023 Aston Martin DBX707 (car review)