2008 Aston Martin DB9


2008 Aston Martin DB9 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2008 Aston Martin DB9 was new.


Interior: 7.3

Reviewers find that the DB9's classy design continues on the inside. Not only does it feature lavish, high-quality materials, but with Aston Martin's personalization program, it's customizable too.

  • "One aspect of the DB9 that was almost beyond belief was the quality of the leather and wood adorning the car's cabin. Words like 'rich' and 'crafted' just don't cut it, though 'decadent' and 'sculpted by the Almighty himself' get close." -- Edmunds
  • "Aston offers a variety of different combinations blending leather, wood and chrome, as well the first automotive application of bamboo. There's even a crystal ashtray." -- BusinessWeek
  • "Electroluminescent displays and conventional instruments mingle in the elegant and impeccable interior." -- Forbes
  • "Aston certainly knows how to get the best out of its materials. The leather still looks, feels, and smells like the real thing. The wood has been treated with care rather than with paint and lacquer. The anodized aluminum is delicious to the touch." -- Automobile Magazine


The DB9 features a 2+2 seating configuration, though most critics agree that the backseat is too small to fit anyone. The front seats, however, get favorable reviews.

  • "As with most low-slung sports cars, access can be challenging; once inside, it's cozy and opulent. The DB9 includes a small backseat, but think of it more as a padded parcel shelf." -- Forbes
  • "Be aware, up front, that the '+2' is a figure of speech. The back seat of the DB9 isn't much bigger than a briefcase. The front seats, on the other hand, are surprisingly roomy and comfortable, even for the tallest adult male." -- BusinessWeek
  • "Rear headroom is scant and legroom is virtually nonexistent, but the front compartment is roomy enough in a snug, separated cockpit." -- Cars.com
  • "I found the passenger seat less comfortable than the driver's one, and the passenger leg room isn't overly-generous either. There is also an annoying intrusion into the foot well by the accelerator peddle which makes it awkward to rest your right foot comfortably." -- The Auto Channel
  • "Now it's true that the rear seats of the DB9 coupe are unsuitable for all but the smallest and youngest human beings, but that is partly because of the difficulty of getting into them. Top down, the rear seats don't gain any size advantage, but they do become more accessible." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

The DB9 features a long list of the latest convenience technology, including a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) satellite navigation system, Bluetooth telephone preparation, and a Satellite radio system.

  • "A host of information and entertainment upgrades for 2008 include new steering-wheel audio controls, Bluetooth connectivity and an auxiliary jack for MP3 players. Satellite radio is optional. The standard audio system has been cranked up to 700 watts, and the multilingual information center adds Russian, Greek and Chinese to its repertoire." -- Cars.com
  • "You've got to love the crystal starter button, a rev counter with a needle that swings counterclockwise, and the truly intuitive controls-you can button-shift from D to R in no time at all, unlike in a Ferrari." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The main instrument cluster is another innovation, and uses organic electroluminescent displays instead of regular LCDs. Comparatively; OELs are easier to read, especially at an angle." -- Autoweb
  • "The dashboard is packed with controls. Most markings are clear, but the gauges aren't easy to read." -- Cars.com


The DB9 provides 6.1 cubic feet of cargo volume -- which doesn't satisfy critics. In fact, many complain of a lack of storage space in both the cabin and cargo hold.

  • "The boot is big enough for 'two sets of golf clubs' Aston execs enthused, but only if you're taking half your clubs I'd say! Either way there's room for more stuff in the back seats." -- The Auto Channel
  • "Indeed, a weak point of this rather large car is its rather tight space. The trunk is so-so. Each door pocket can accommodate little more than an iPod, and the glovebox is good for gloves and little else. Heavens, there is no place for a Michelin Guide." -- New York Times

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