There is no better sport utility vehicle than the Aston Martin DBX707. You can take our word for it because HYPEBEAST has just spent some time behind the wheel of the British brand’s flagship 4×4 on the Italian island of Sardinia.
However, a vehicle of this calibre is deserving of more than just empty hyperbole, so allow us to detail just why this latest model is so impressive. Maybe it was the dramatic landscape of North Sardinia, with its spaghetti-like web of winding cliff-top roads that peak, flow, and slice across the island’s hilly territory as the seasons shift around every bend.
With few cars on the roads, we were able to put to the test its 707 horsepower, 900 Newton-meters of torque, and 193 miles per hour top speed. The DBX707 can make you happy anywhere you are in the world, and it does so the instant you lay eyes on it.
The DBX707 and its purported driver aren’t as over the top as the Lamborghini Urus and Mercedes-AMG G 63, two SUVs the DBX707 is meant to outclass. The DBX707 may be marketed as the “world’s most powerful SUV,” but it retains the classy touches that are typical of Aston Martins.
There are also notable differences when comparing it to the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT, a driver’s car that places extreme demands on its passengers. And it even gives the Bentley Bentayga reason to worry about being outdone in the luxury department.
The DBX, Aston Martin’s entry-level model as of 2019, was neither a slouch nor an understated offering. The DBX707 turns this to eleven, and then some. Under the hood is a twin-turbocharged four-liter V8, yet unlike most turbocharged vehicles, there is almost no lag between depressing the accelerator and the car’s rapid acceleration.
The DBX707 counters this with handling that is unmatched by any other super SUV; it’s impossible to imagine another vehicle being able to keep up with the DBX707 on a winding road or even a straight one.
Sharp turn-ins were possible on the slick roads of the Sardinian highlands thanks to the Aston Martin’s four-wheel-drive system, which allowed for ample front-end grip and enough rear-end slide to playfully exit a hairpin.
Front and rear carbon ceramic disc brakes are standard on many luxury SUVs, but the Aston Martin’s felt especially responsive and coordinated with the steering to give the driver confidence in every turn. It’s not easy, especially if you’re pushing the automobile to its limits because the other side of the cliff is 4,000 feet below you.
The car manages to keep you interested even when you’re just slogging along a coastal road, and it actively encourages you to push it to its limits, which we discovered to be in second gear with the revs high on a winding icy hilltop with limited traction.
The DBX707 has all of these Features Plus a lot of Extra Grandeur.
The exterior design is typically Aston Martin, with lines that flow smoothly to emphasise the bulging wheel arches and wings that emerge from the body panels. Carbon aerodynamic components and strategic cut-outs give just enough energy to hint at the car’s intended function.
Aesthetically, it’s akin to a high-end product because of how carefully it’s designed. Maserati admitted to HYPEBEAST that it could have expanded the MC20’s features and dimensions but decided against doing so since it was unnecessary.
The DBX707 follows a similar course; certainly, Aston Martin upgraded it with four new exhaust pipes, 23-inch wheels, front lights that make the vehicle appear wider, and a spectacular rear diffuser and spoiler setup, but all of that is there for a reason, to keep the car rooted. This is not a cosmetic addition.
The inside is a standard Aston Martin affair, with digital displays for the driver’s information and the car’s entertainment system—though these may be less cutting-edge than those seen in the competition from Germany. It is recommended that you keep the exhaust button engaged so that the roar of the V8 may be heard for kilometres around.
It has a manual mode and a driving mode option that are both conveniently located, but the interior is poorly laid out. The selectors are the best part of the cabin, but the leather panels and carbon fibre are slapped together in an unflatteringly human way.
The careful stitching and sculpting are on display, but the car’s only flaw is that it’s painted the wrong colour (like the gray-blue and neon green scheme we had).
However, it is Possible to Ignore this Entirely.
This vehicle has gained notoriety due to claims that it is superior to all other sport utility vehicles (SUVs), whether electric or gasoline-powered. It’s both sporty and practical, as it can be driven off-road (albeit more safely on a dirt track in the British countryside than on the brink of a cliff in Sardinia) and it has enough room for five people plus the family dog.
To reiterate what we said at the outset, the Aston Martin DBX707 is the best sports utility vehicle; it’s a true all-arounder that can hold its own against supercars.
With such a massive and impressive automobile, the day’s drive ended with only one question from the motoring writers and luxury living experts: “Is it enough to switch the keys to your Urus for those of a DBX707?”
When the Urus was released in 2018, it coined the phrase “super SUV.” The DBX707 from Aston Martin is now the standard.