2023 Aston Martin DBX707 Review: Will it be dog?

By | December 22, 2023

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Koda (Aussie Shep in the car) is the mother of Bramble, Silas and Indi (from left to right on the ground). Their father is a hefty Golden Retriever, which you’ll see in an upcoming dog review of the Acura MDX Type S. Andrew P Collins

There’s a kneeling function in the air suspension and a special mode that squats the rear specifically to carry cargo. That certainly helps, and it’s easy to remember the feature exists because the buttons are right on the inside of the rear door. Yet our biggest test dogs didn’t feel like it.

However, all our animals were able to climb into the side door in the low position of the car. The largest and heaviest still struggled a bit, having to use the footwell as a step, but they were a little too thick to fit comfortably. Once seated, the puppies seemed happy. The bucket shape of the backseat is great for a small to medium dog to curl up in, but if your dog likes to sprawl across the backseat, he might find some of the lumps a little annoying.

Riding with the dog

The luggage cage that comes with the Pet Pack would indicate that dogs are intended to ride behind the second row. This is a good idea from a safety perspective, as it keeps them completely separated from the driver and controls. And there’s no leather in the back that they can puncture. There are also no side windows where they can look out from the back, although they can of course look back at whoever is behind you.

Bramble was okay once she got settled; The belching exhaust fumes from the car did not seem to bother her, although she was very annoyed that she could not sniff the outside world properly and that she could not be petted while driving.

She was much happier in the second-row passenger seat, where she usually rides. I was amused to see her staring wistfully into the distance more than a few times as her face rested on the fender.

Because the rear seat is so close to the center console, even a smaller dog can climb forward quite easily, which can be dangerous and distracting. Enabling the beast will prevent this from happening, and it will also help keep your creature safe in the event of a crash.

I don’t want to be too morbid, but be extra careful and avoid a hard stop with an unbelted dog in the backseat due to the design of the front seat. They don’t bump into a leather cushion; it is hard carbon fiber with a clear coating.

Driving in general

The DBX707 is a lot of fun to drive, and also a bit annoying. It’s a joy to race from a standstill to the growl of a V8, shifts accentuate the drama of acceleration like the whiplash of Indiana Jones, and driving along mountain roads in something so big and heavy makes you feel like an unbeatable final boss. He waves and snorts, but remains in control as you make your way through deserted areas. I feel like on a track you would go through brakes and tires, but I stopped doing it long before I ran out of power on remote roads.

Long-term cruising is also quite fun. While the seats are taut, supportive in all the right places, and outside noises instantly melt away as you have fun on the highway. But man, it’s a pain to shunt that thing around town.

There’s always a faint hum of frustration between my ears when I’m forced to trudge behind dented Camrys and other NPC traffic in such powerful cars. Having Bramble on board helps alleviate that: I want maximum comfort for my fluffy baby, so my need for speed decreases.

However, the DBX707 itself seemed a bit cranky. Even in the cold driving modes it responded a bit jerkily and stinging to input. The controls are also heavy enough to take some getting used to. That said, I would like to point out that such quirks are typical of an aggressive car. Frankly, you could even say that this particular kind of roughness is charming in a car that is supposed to be sporty and full of character. It’s just important to note, as this supercar is clearly trying quite hard to be a viable daily driver.

Unfortunately, there’s also some crudity in the DBX’s basic human-machine interface. The push button switch is rubbish to begin with. Poking the dash to engage a gear doesn’t feel cool, and the buttons are so far from the driver’s seat that switching between park and drive and reverse is somewhat taxing. And I’m a 6 foot tall guy with quite long arms! This bothered me a lot during my 400 miles with the thing. Another annoying thing: Apple CarPlay connectivity was shaky and unreliable, and even when it was connected, input came with a ridiculous delay.

Parcel transport

The DBX is certainly the size to carry multiple animals, and your willingness to load this thing like a farm wagon will depend on how concerned you are about potential scratches. I’d say two adult Goldens could fit in the second row, with one more on the way back. But any breed larger than that will have to sit solo in the passenger seats.

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Koda certainly struck an attitude as soon as she got into this car. Andrew P Collins

Carrying kennels

Again, the material choices in the DBX may make you hesitant to cram a hard kennel in there. The rear cargo area was too small for our medium-sized Enventur Diggs inflatable kennel, but I was able to inflate it in the passenger compartment. You certainly wouldn’t put boxes with 90 degree metal edges there.

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The inflatable Enventur Travel Kennel is ideal for cars with expensive interior materials. We’ve been using it as our standard test kennel for months now and it shows no signs of popping or tearing. It starts at $425.00 at Diggs.pet.

A small kennel or pet basket slides into the back without any problems.

Aston Martin DBX707 Dog Friendliness Rating

I think it’s cute that Aston sells a branded dog set for this, and the luggage cage in particular is very nicely integrated into the vehicle. You can certainly transport dogs in a DBX… small to medium sized puppies that can ride comfortably on the way back will especially be happy with this. But I cannot call this vehicle particularly suitable for dog shuttles. If I’m completely honest, I didn’t find it particularly pleasant at all for daily driving.

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Andrew P Collins

If you’re looking for an extreme sports GT car experience but want back seats and decent cargo space, the DBX does the job, looks very distinctive and is unforgettable to drive. All valid reasons to want a machine like this. But if you’re hoping for a refined luxury experience with sporting pretension and skill, I think this Aston Martin’s quirks and charms could start to feel irritating.

The DBX707 is truly an astonishing piece of engineering. It performs ridiculously well for something of its stance and size. Its surprising efficiency (the EPA says it’s rated for 20 whole mpg on the highway) is honestly worth a prize. Most importantly, it brings with it the old-fashioned sense of occasion that makes European exotics memorable and special to drive. It’s a great Aston Martin, even if it’s just passable as a practical utility vehicle and somewhat annoying as a daily driver.

Featured dog car gear and travel accessories

  • Harness: Säker Ascension Extended ($99.95 at sakercanine.com)

  • Belt: Säker Sentiero 2.0 ($33.95 at sakercanine.com)

  • Seat cover: Dickie’s Repreve ($29.88 at Walmart)

  • Portable Kennel: Enventur Travel Kennel (starts at $425.00 at Diggs.pet)

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