2010 Aston Martin DB9


2010 Aston Martin DB9 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2010 Aston Martin DB9 was new.


Interior: 7.8

The DB9's cabin is luxurious and features a wide range of convenience technology. However, its useless back seat and limited cargo room leave auto writers disappointed. In addition to its standard level of elegance, drivers may choose to customize their rides with Aston Martin's personalization program.

  • "Inside the DB9 and Volante is a cozy world with sculpted front seats, leather and excellent fit and finish." -- Road and Track
  • "Leather and bright metal accents dominate the cabin, which exudes a clubby, upscale ambiance. Car interiors do not get much nicer than this." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Beyond the three wood choices (walnut, mahogany and bamboo), there are essentially no limits to leather or exterior paint matching options, as customers are encouraged to take full advantage of Aston Martin's personalization program." -- Edmunds
  • "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
  • "It's conservative and beautiful. There's nothing ostentatious about it. You appreciate the curve of the die cast zinc center console moving down and the sparkle of the iridium silver finish. The push buttons on the dash to select the correct gear gives it an exotic feel while every thing smells of leather -- even at 80 mph and the top's down." -- Detroit News


Like other sports cars that feature 2+2 seating, the DB9's front seats are comfortable, but its back seat doesn’t accommodate average-size passengers. In fact, no four-passenger vehicle in the class of exotic sports cars offers real four-passenger comfort.

  • "Despite the DB9's mass, the cabin itself feels surprisingly narrow; thank the large center console for consuming much of the space. Entry and exit maneuvers are complicated by the low seating position and, with the top up, low roof height." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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
  • "It's the usual fashion dilemma of drop-dead gorgeous to look at but just a tad impractical to wear." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "For front-seat passengers, it's also pleasingly accommodating. The Recaro-sourced seats offer support and comfort, the adjustable wheel is exactly the right size and the driving position can be adjusted to taste. But those in the back fare less well." -- Edmunds
  • "The DB9 has nicely shaped rear seats, but no adult would want to go there." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

The 2010 DB9 is equipped with a long list of modern convenience features -- including a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) satellite navigation system and 700-watt audio system with a six-disc changer. Reviewers, however, complain that the nav system isn’t easy to program.

  • "Electroluminescent displays and conventional instruments mingle in the elegant and impeccable interior." -- Forbes
  • "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 real Achilles heel of the DB9 is the navigation system. We never had a problem getting to our destinations, but the process for inputting an address and selecting a route is painful at best.  ... Another knock against the navigation unit is that it doesn't look very integrated in the car. The flip-open screen never looks like it's fully open and several passengers asked if it was broken - not the effect you want in a $200k ride." -- Automobile Magazine


The DB9 wasn’t designed to carry cargo, so it only features 6.1 cubic feet of storage space. This disappoints some reviewers, but seeing as no vehicle in the class of exotic sports cars features abundant cargo room, it’s not surprising. Leading the class is the Ferrari California, with 9.2 to 12.7 cubic feet, depending on the position of its convertible top.

  • "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
  • "At least there's room in the trunk for the ubiquitous set of golf clubs." -- Edmunds
  • "Using soft luggage, two folks may have trunk space for a weekend getaway. Cabin storage is similarly limited, comprised of a shallow center-console bin and modest glovebox." -- Consumer Guide

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