No, Mr Bond, I Expect You to Fly

The go-faster Aston Martin DBX shares its name with an old airliner, and it’s
almost as powerful, as James Fossdyke has been finding out

Which is why in its ‘standard’ setting, known as GT mode, the 707 doesn’t feel especially sporty. When you start off, it’s every bit as comfortable and as approachable as its less powerful sister, but ramping it up into the sportier settings allows the car to bare its teeth. The engine note becomes more aggressive, turning the V8 engine from a snoring guard dog to a snarling wolf, and the car becomes more responsive. Prodding the throttle will lead to an instant surge forwards, while the steering and brakes feel sharper and more direct.

The suspension gets stiffer, too, giving the DBX greater control of its bulk. Even when you corner hard, the body doesn’t wallow or lean excessively, although there’s more pitch and roll than you’d find in a Lamborghini Urus. assistance, room service, a laundry service, a hairdresser, a coin-operated laundry and a hotel shuttle bus.

But grip is plentiful and cornering speeds are still immense. It feels more like a GT car than an SUV.

It rides like one too. The Urus is stiff and unyielding on anything but the smoothest road surface, but the DBX707 just glides over the bumps. Even when you switch into one of the sportier settings, Aston’s engineers decided the 707 should lose none of the DBX’s refinement, and they have achieved that brilliantly. Whether you want to drive fast or cruise around, the DBX707 is properly capable, and that makes it a better all-rounder than pretty much anything else out there.

We’re lucky to have a slew of great luxury super-SUVs to choose from at the moment. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT is one of the best, as is the Lamborghini Urus, while the new Range Rover Sport looks likely to be quite spectacular. The DBX707, however, eclipses pretty much all comers. It may not have the breathtaking cornering ability of the Urus or the cabin quality of the Bentley Bentayga, but when it comes to performance and driving, the 707 has only one rival: the Porsche. I’ve spent all month wondering which one I’d choose, and I still can’t make my mind up

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