2020 Aston Martin DB11

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2020 Aston Martin DB11 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: April 17, 2020
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Krishna Choubey

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Unmistakable British elegance, contemporary styling and a grand touring DNA. No other trio describes the 2020 Aston Martin DB11 better. Launched in 2017 as a successor to the outgoing DB9, the DB11 had larger shoes to fill. However, with its refreshed inside and outside and a design, as seamless as the DB9, the DB11 rose to fame in no time.

What made enthusiasts go gaga over the DB11 was its smartness. The new grand -touring Aston retained all the ‘goodness’ of its predecessor while simultaneously addressing its downfalls. It had the similar exterior sheet of the DB9, but carved in a more sleeker and aggressive fashion.

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Pros

Powerful and fun-to drive engines

Pure grand tourer styling

Highly customizable options available

Cons

Cramped rear seats

Not as feature-rich as its rivals

What's New?

No significant changes for 2019


Pictures

Exterior
Interior

Ratings

Features

6.0

Engine And Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

4.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.5

Safety

4.0

6.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Aston Martin DB11 Base

Base

power
503 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
20 combined

$201,820


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (4.0L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $201,820 MSRP (18/20/24) 503 hp @ 6000 rpm, 4 L, V-8, premium unleaded (required)
8-Speed Automatic rear wheel drive 4

Expert Review

6.8

Overall Rating


Apart from the more chiseled exteriors, the DB11 was also more rich on the inside with an even higher degree of opulence. Not only this, buyers now had a chance to grab the iconic British tourer either with a V8 or W12, instead of DB9’s sole V-12 unit.

Overall, the DB11 was every-bit an exotic tourer, but with a more versatile character. Thanks to its design, multiple powertrains and high degree of customization. Since its launch in 2017, it has remained mostly unchanged apart from the minor cosmetic updates. The 2020 Aston Martin marks the fourth model year of its first generation without any major changes.

2020 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Front View
2020 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Rear View

6.0/10
Features

 

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

9.5/10
Exterior

 

4.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Aston Martin DB11 Features

6.0/10

There is just one trim to pick with the V8 powertrain with a base MSRP of $201,820. The trim is aptly loaded with modern tech and advanced creature comforts that completely justify its price tag. However, if you wish for more exclusivity, and are willing to spill some extra dollars, you can try on the extensive customization options available.

Trim

Aston Martin DB11 V8 Coupe

MSRP (RWD)

$201,820

Key Features

Daytime running lights

 

LED headlights

 

Climate control

 

Front and rear parking sensors

 

Heated mirrors

 

Bang and Olufsen audio

 

Special leather upholstery with Aston Martin embroidery

 

Heated Steering Wheel

 

Alcantara headlining

 

Perforated bucket front seats

 

Contrasting brake calipers

 

Smoked tail lamps

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As with most exotic cars, the DB11 remains a standalone trim with the V8 powertrain. The 2020 DB11 presents a beautiful amalgamation of iconic Aston Martin design, versatile driving character and exquisitivity.

2020 Aston Martin DB11 Engine and Performance

9.0/10

At the heart of 2020 Aston Martin DB11 lies a Mercedes-AMG sourced 5.0 liter V8 engine that makes 503 ponies. The V8 DB11 is not only 200 lbs lighter than its W-12 powered version, but the smaller engine also allows a better center of gravity. Above all, the V8 mount also offers a better throttle response than its V-12 cousin.

2020 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Engine Bay

The V8 power house might not be as witty and noisy as the W-12, but it is more enthrilling to drive for sure. Don't expect the excitement of a 911 turbo, but the Aston’s V8 has a broad personality that changes according to your driving needs.

Models

Aston Martin DB11

Bentley Continental GT

Porsche 911 Turbo S

Ferrari Portofino

MSRP

$201,820

$201,225

$190,700

$215,000

Engine

4.0 Liter Twin Turbocharged V8

4.0 Liter Twin Turbocharged V8

3.8 Liter Twin-Turbo Flat-6

3.9 Liter Twin-Turbo V8

Drivetrain RWD AWD AWD RWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

8-speed auto-shift manual with OD and auto-manual

7-speed automated manual

7-speed dual-clutch automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

503@6,000

542@5,750

580@6,750

591@7,500

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

513@2,000

568@1,960

516@2,100

561@3,000

Power delivery is absolutely spot on with a strong wave of torque in the background ready to propel the DB11 harder at a single command. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission that is very smooth in its operation.

Down the lower rev range, there is a small disruption in power delivery, as is the case with almost all turbo-powered engines. However once you are in the sweet spot of the rpm range and you have all the 513 lbs served up to you. The only issue faced with the transmission is that it's too keen on downshifts. However, that just seems momentary and once you stick on to a particular gear band, the transmission delights you again with its subtle business.

Acceleration

Not a full-blown track destroyer, the 2020 Aston Martin DB11 stays true to its grand-touring ambitions. However, it certainly has the extra grunt to surprise you every time you floor it down harder all the way to the red-line. With 0-60 coming up in just 3.8 seconds, the DB11 shows that it can chase supercars when needed.

2020 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe 0-60 MPH in just 3.8 sec

Models

Aston Martin DB11

Bentley Continental GT

Porsche 911 Turbo S

Ferrari Portofino

0-60 MPH (sec)

3.8 

3.9 

2.8 

3.5 

Quarter Mile (sec)

11.7 

11.8 

10.5 

10.9 

Top Speed (MPH) 208 204 205 211

Engine

4.0 Liter Twin Turbocharged V8

4.0 Liter Twin Turbocharged V8

3.8 Liter Twin-Turbo Flat-6

3.9 Liter Twin-Turbo V8

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

8.9

NA

8.4

9.9

All the three rivals of the 2020 DB11 boast more powerful engine than the Aston, that leaves the DB11 trailing behind the trio, on the acceleration chart. Talk about the ultimate sprinter among the lot, and the Porsche 911 Turbo S, claims that award with utmost modesty. Thanks to its shorter proportions, advanced aerodynamics and the blazing twin-turbo flat-6 engine.

Ride and Handling

Take the 2020 Aston Martin DB11 out for a spin on a winding country road and it instantly reminds you that it is a ‘grand-tourer’ and not a spirited sports car. The softly damped suspension and comfortable seating are more tuned for long-distance comfort, and offer a ride that is more plush than a Continental GT. However, the cabin does not offer the same tranquility as the Continental or a Portofino either.

2020 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Rear View

The V8’s lighter body than the W-12 AMR, allows for a lighter nose that moves into corners with more eagerness and agility. Around corners though, the DB11 does invite some body roll, but that can be addressed by carefully shifting across the available drive modes, GT, S and S+. The driving mode changes the character of the DB11 and the S+ mode stiffens up the dampers for extra grip around corners.

Communication all the DB11’s power and mechanics to the road is the properly-weighed steering wheel. The steering feels more direct and precise than most of its rivals and its balanced tuning, allows the DB11, enter corners with sheer confidence. Overall, the 2020 DB11 strikes a perfect balance between a relaxed long distance cruiser with a sense of extra vigor that's sitting right underneath your feet.

Braking

The 2020 Aston Martin DB11 gains all its stopping confidence from 15.8 inch discs at the front and 14.2 inch ventilated discs at the rear. The brakes are also powered by ABS and Emergency Braking Assist.

2020 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Front Brake is 15.8 in.

While braking, the pedal has a strong geel into it and very responsibly bring the DB11 to a halt from 60 mph in just 105 feet. The only sad part though are the steel brakes which get excessively hot after some successive applications.

Models

Aston Martin DB11

Bentley Continental GT

Porsche 911 Turbo S

Ferrari Portofino

Brake Rotors Front (in)

15.8

16.5

16.1

15.4

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

14.2

15.0

15.4

14.2

Curb Weight (lbs)

3880

4926

3528

3669

60-0 MPH (ft)

105

105

97

115 (est)

Among the competition, it's the 911 Turbo S, that surprises us again, in the braking test as well. Owing to its most compact dimensions and the largest set of discs, the Porsche stops from 60-0 in an outstanding 97 feet.

2020 Aston Martin DB11 Fuel Economy

4.0/10

With the V8 power plant, the DB11 not only promises better performance but also enhanced fuel economy. This grand touring Aston offers an acceptable 18, 24 and 20 mpg in city, highwy and combined, respectively.

Models

Aston Martin DB11

Bentley Continental GT

Porsche 911 Turbo S

Ferrari Portofino

MPG (City)

18

15

19

16

MPG (Highway)

24

25

24

22

MPG (Combined)

20

19

21

18

Fuel Capacity (Gallons) 20.5 24 17.6 21.1
Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi) 369/492/410 360/600/456 316/404/369 337/464/379

Among its class, the DB11 offers a decent fuel economy. The only competitor which delivers a better mpg output than the Aston, and that too by just 1 mpg, is the 911 Turbo S, with its 21 mpg combined. Thanks to the Porsche’s lighter and smaller body.

2020 Aston Martin DB11 Interior

8.0/10

Hop inside the 2020 Aston Martin DB11 and you are immediately greeted by a serene British Boulevard. The interior layout with a very modern dash and center console looks much fresh and more appealing than previous Aston’s.

Most of the material that you would likely put your hand onm is covered in soft touch leather with contrast stitching. Yes, it's an Aston Martin and it does get several wood inserts along with carbon-fibers to make its interior look like a modern classic.

2020 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Front Seats

Front passengers should have no problem with space at the front seats which also get multiple electronic adjustment. The seats are comfortable and very well bolstered to hug you tight around sharp corners. There's also +2 seats at the rear which are too cramped for adults and better off for your kids or luggage bags.

Outward visibility is fairly good, however, the low slung seats make it difficult to spot smaller obstacles up-front. Some visibility is also hindered by the thick A pillars which create massive blind spots. Apart from this, the DB11’s interior is a fairly nice place to be. It's comfortable, opulent and exquisite, just how a luxury grand tourer should.

 Infotainment

Infotainment needs in the 2020 Aston Martin DB11 are taken care of by an 8.0 inch floating display on the dash. The system can be controlled either by a rotary dial on the center console or by the shortcut physical buttons clubbed with it.

2020 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Has 8.0 inch Infotainment Screen

The infotainment system is a bit dated compared to its rivals, since it's basically an older Mercedes infotainment. The user interface and and icons are pretty similar to those in the older Merc’s like C class. The system is not the best in the market, but it's okay in its operation and is certainly better than what Aston used to offer.

Cargo

The DB11’s stretched up proportions not only give it a sleeker and better profile than the DB9, but also open up more room on the inside. Not much in the cabin though, but the extra room is surely visible in the cargo compartment. Compared to the outgoing DB9’s 5.0 cu-ft of cargo space, the DB11 offers more practicality with its 9.5 cu-ft trunk.

Models

Aston Martin DB11

Bentley Continental GT

Porsche 911 Turbo S

Ferrari Portofino

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

9.5

12.6

4.4

10.3

The DB11’s trunk is surely not the best in its class, but in such a segment, looking for a generous cargo area would only lead to disappointment. Among its rivals, it's only the Bentley Continental Gt, that offers a slightly larger, 12.6 cu-ft trunk area.

Interior Features

  • 0 inch infotainment display
  • Satellite radio
  • USBconnectivity
  • Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Keyless ignition
  • Climate control
  • Paddle shifters
  • Bang & Olufsen audio
  • Premium leather upholstery
  • Front door pockets
  • Contrast stitching
  • Heated and Ventilated Front seats
  • Alcantara headlining
  • Wood and carbon-fiber interior inserts
2020 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Interior
2020 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Interior
2020 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Interior
2020 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Interior
2020 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Interior
2020 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Interior
2020 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Interior
2020 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Interior
2020 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Interior
2020 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Interior

2020 Aston Martin DB11 Exterior

9.5/10

On the outside, the DB11 remains fairly identical to the outgoing DB9 with similar design cues. However, the exterior sheet is now more sleeker, aggressive and aerodynamic than its predecessor. Look up closer and you do notice the stretched up proportions and obviously the curvy roofline that effortlessly integrated with the rear hip. .

On the outside, the DB11 is a stunner to look at. A wider and lower front grille, flanked by full-LED headlights and bolder hood lines, give it an aggressive front face. On the side, it's all the charisma of the longer wheelbase wrapped in a super-sloped roofline, along with the massive ‘20’ inch rims that look gorgeous.

2020 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Three Quarter View

The muscular profile has been carried out to the rear as well. At the back, the bumped-up hip along with sleeker smoked tail lamps and large rear diffuser give it a stronger and meaner look. Overall, the DB11 is instantly recognizable as a grand tourer, but one with a with an aggressive and dynamic character.

Models

Aston Martin DB11

Bentley Continental GT

Porsche 911 Turbo S

Ferrari Portofino

Curb Weight (lbs)

3880

4926

3528

3669

Length (in)

186.6

190.9

177.4

180.6

Width (in)

76.7

77.3

74.0

76.3

Height (in)

50.8

55.3

51.1

51.9

Ground Clearance (in)

NA

NA

NA

NA

Wheelbase (in)

110.4

112.2

96.5

105.1

All the machines in the competition look stunning for sure, and it's very hard to frame the “better looker” among the lot. However, a small demarcation can certainly be drawn upon the exterior styling of all the four. The Porsche 911 Turbo S is a typical track-biting appearance whereas the Continental seems much like a super-luxury grand tourer.

The Portofino does get close to the DB11 in terms of a balanced exterior sheet, but it's a Ferrari after all. The moment you look at the Portofino, you know that it can consume tracks with ease. No other grand tourer is as efficient as the Aston Martin DB11 in blending style, aggression and elegance together.

Exterior features

  • Daytime running lights
  • LED headlamp
  • hands-free entry
  • Heated mirrors
  • Carbon-fiber door handles
  • ‘20’ inch alloy wheels
  • Mirror Caps in Gloss Black
  • Painted brake callipers
  • Smoked rear lamps
  • Blacked hood meshes
  • Gloss black roof panel
  • Convertible Wind Deflector
  • Gloss-black windshield surround
2020 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Exterior
2020 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Exterior
2020 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Exterior
2020 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Exterior
2020 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Exterior
2020 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Exterior
2020 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Exterior
2020 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Exterior
2020 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Exterior
2020 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Exterior

2020 Aston Martin DB11 Safety

4.0/10

The 2020 Aston Martin might look exotic and drive as good as it looks, but one area in particular where it disappoints is its feature packaging. Crash ratings are not yet available for the 2020 DB11 but it does offer a decent safety suite to keep occupant safety under check. Getting the optional driver assistance package is highly recommended, since it unlocks blind-spot monitoring and auto parking. Some of the other key highlights of the 2020 Aston Martin DB11 are listed below.

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel ABS
  • Cornering lights
  • Stability control
  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Traction control
  • Front head airbags
  • Dual front side-mounted airbags
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Auto parking
  • Blind spot monitor
  • Universal remote transmitter
  • Seatbelt pretensioners
  • Emergency braking assist
  • Remote anti-theft alarm system

2020 Aston Martin DB11 Competition

2020 Aston Martin DB11 vs Bentley Continental GT

 Priced very much similar to the DB11, the Bentley Continental offers a completely different grand touring experience. It has super comfortable seats and an interior that is draped in finest materials. Though it might not have the agility and comfort of the Aston, the Bentley is quicker and faster than the DB11. Thanks to the Continental’s more powerful engine. Above all, the Continental is as good as the Aston in terms of fuel economy, and has the best-in class cargo area as well.

2020 Bentley Continental GT

2020 Aston Martin DB11 vs Porsche 911 Turbo S

Unlike the other three members in this competition, the Porsche 911 Turbo S is more inclined towards track performance. The outrageous Porsche does lose out the comfort and practicality of the DB11, but compensates that with incredible handling and on-track performance. Not only is the 911 quickest among the lot, but is also blessed with the best set of brakes. The porsche is also the most fuel efficient in the competition and compared to the DB11, it offers a much modern interior with all the latest gizmos on board.

2020 Porsche 911 Turbo S

2020 Aston Martin DB11 vs Ferrari Portofino

The DB11 might have the perfectly balanced exterior profile of a tourer and sports car, but the Portofino blends both these elements in its character. The Portofino has a fresh and sports car oriented cabin that is packed with most of the modern bells and whistles. It might not be as comfortable and fuel efficient as the DB11, but the Ferrari does have some other surprises under its sleeves. The Portofino is a brilliantly handler with one of the most communicative steering. Where it delights the most is the ferocious powerer delivery from its refined and powerful V8. Finally, the way the Portofino switches its character from a track-hacker to a daily driver, when you want it to be, is simply outstanding.

2020 Ferrari Portofino

 

2020 Aston Martin DB11 Final Verdict

If you are looking for an exotic and comfortable grand tourer that also has the muscles to tame some winding laps, and most importantly you want something rare and extremely exquisite, the 2020 Aston Martin has to be your choice. However, if you narrow down your search for a better value, there are much more interesting cars in the segment around the same price range.