2011 Aston Martin DB9


2011 Aston Martin DB9 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Aston Martin DB9 was new.


Interior: 8.1

Without a doubt, the 2011 Aston Martin DB9 has a luxurious interior. It has leather surfaces and wood inlays, which create a level of fit and finish that reviews love. They say interiors don’t get much nicer than the DB9’s. But even at this price range, the 2011 Aston Martin DB9’s interior isn’t perfect. Reviewers complain that the back seat is completely useless because it’s too small to fit much of anything – a critique that is common for most sports cars, regardless of price. They also add that DB9’s navigation system is one of the most complicated on the market.

  • "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
  • "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


In terms of seat comfort, car reviewers have three different opinions: one for the driver’s seat, one for the front passenger and one for the rear row. The driver’s seat receives the most praise. Test drivers say that it is exceptionally comfortable, and outward visibility is better than other models in the class. Test drivers say the passenger seat isn’t as comfortable as the driver’s seat, but they don’t say there isn’t enough leg or head space. Finally, there’s the back row, which receives the most negative comments because the two rear seats aren’t fit for adults. Reviewers say it’s great for luggage that doesn’t fit into the trunk.

  • "The driver seat is marvelously comfortable, with ample leg- and headroom for taller drivers. Unfortunately the four-way power passenger seat doesn't offer the same amount of adjustability and comfort." -- Edmunds
  • "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
  • "It's the usual fashion dilemma of drop-dead gorgeous to look at but just a tad impractical to wear." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The DB9 has nicely shaped rear seats, but no adult would want to go there." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

The 2011 Aston Martin DB9 is fitted with some of the nicest interior features on the market. However, reviewers have found that money does not always buy perfection. They say the DB9’s navigation system is one of the worst on the market, and some find the gauges on the center console are hard to read.

Still, the DB9 should meet expectations when it comes to interior features. Standards include a full grain leather interior with walnut trim, power seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a garage door opener, a heated rear screen, a Hard Disk Drive satellite navigation system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, Aston Martin’s 700 W premium sound system with Dolby Prologic, a six-CD changer, an integrated iPod connectior, a USB connector with MP3 compatibility and an auxiliary input jack. If you want a more powerful sound system, there is an optional Bang & Olufsen stereo.

  • "Electroluminescent displays and conventional instruments mingle in the elegant and impeccable interior." -- Forbes
  • "Easily deciphered buttons combine with a central LCD screen to create a more-user-friendly and better-looking interface than the first DB9, which first rolled out of the factory in 2004. Still, the navigation system is one of the worst in the business, and the way the needles of the electroluminescent gauges rotate in opposite directions (the speedometer goes clockwise, the tachometer goes counter-clockwise) also is another bad idea. The speedometer's tiny numbers also render it useless, although there's a digital speedometer in the trip computer as a backup." -- Edmunds


Exotic sports cars aren’t designed with utility in mind, so don’t expect to cram much into the 6.6 cubic foot trunk that’s in the DB9 coupe. That number shrinks if you select the Volant, the convertible option. You’ll only get 4.8 cubic feet. These trunks are small, and while that’s expected in this class, reviewers are still disappointed. If you’re looking for more space, the Ferrari California offers up to 12 cubic feet. But if you really want the DB9, you can also use the tiny back seat to hold some of your stuff.

  • “The two rear seats are glorified parcel shelves, while the trunk offers enough room for a set of golf clubs and a suitcase." -- 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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