Aston Martin’s Countryside Canter
A day on (and off) road in Aston Martin’s DBX.
It’s not often the heady marques occupying the luxury motoring segment lay their proverbial cards on the table.
However, last week, select members of the media were invited to spend the day with Aston Martin in its DBX SUV.
Here, the British nameplate was eager to show its hand with a country drive – complete with an opportunity for some off-roading – a task we took without coercion.
Naturally, Robb Report was paired with the most expensive DBX iteration of the press fleet.
Here, the $480,494 (plus on-roads) vehicle arrived in a ‘Morning Frost White’ paint, replete with ‘Lords Red’ (a fitting cricket ball coloured leather) interior complemented by the ‘Chancellors Red’ alcantara headlining and solid walnut veneers.
While that does read rather regal, a touch of racing menace was added courtesy of carbon fibre trim on the side mirrors, front splitter, rear diffuser and 22-inch ribbon satin black wheels.
Once out of the city and off the highway the option to select Sport + calls, tightening the suspension and turning circle and increasing the noise from the exhaust. The DBX’s most aggressive setting sees the 2245kg SUV wind through Sydney’s southern highlands comfortably with the stout 4.0-litre donk capable of 405kW and 700Nm of torque. This punches the car from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 291km/h.
Arriving at a private estate in the Southern Highlands, it’s here the select group got to thoroughly explore the Aston’s range, after all it is an SUV and does tout its off-road capabilities like an Englishman talking up his medium-right-arm.
Using the car’s Terrain + mode, we muddied up the road tyres – which albeit weren’t ideal for this type of exploration – and the previously ‘frost white’ option paint while driving across the estate.
The DBX’s intelligent four-wheel-drive system assists in making decisions on the fly, stopping the car from sliding into neighbouring fences or nearby cattle.
Back on the bitumen, the small convoy peddled the cars to the nearby country escape of Berrima and its renowned Bendooley Estate, an ideal, picturesque locale that feels right for the British marque. While not a supercar, the SUV and badge still turns heads as we parked the fleet in front of the restaurant.
Following a lunch of za’atar roasted cauliflower, chargrilled sirloin and a mandarin granita it was a return to the comfort of the DBX’s luxuriously appointed interior and a sedate highway drive back to the city where one is reminded that this is the likely home of the SUV.
Boasting 632-litres of luggage space the SUV threatens the idea of a GT car — its primary drive mode is named ‘GT’. It’s comfortable, capable, quick and has no qualms taking on the countryside.
It could be Aston Martin’s ace card.
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