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Aston Martin DB12

(2023 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

59
%
C

This model is still new so we don't have a Used Car Expert Rating score yet. Check back soon.

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Media Rating:

85
%
A

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

30
%
D

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

15
%
E

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

59
%
C

This model is still new so we don't have a Used Car Expert Rating score yet. Check back soon.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

85
%
A

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

30
%
D

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

15
%
E

Summary


The Aston Martin DB12 is a two-door high-performance grand tourer that arrived in UK showrooms in 2023, replacing the DB11 range. Initially launched as a coupé, the DB12 will also be available in a ‘Volante’ convertible guise.

Using the same chassis and suspension as its predecessor, reviewers consider the DB12 to be an evolution of the old DB11 model, instead of an entirely new car. “But, rather than feel like yesterday’s reheated leftovers”, says Car‘s Alan Taylor-Jones “the DB12 is a substantial step on from its predecessor.”

Though the foundations remain the same, the Top Gear team explains that Aston Martin has introduced several mechanical upgrades that have improved the coupé’s body control, engine response and brake feel, making the DB12 “vastly better supported, more accurate and predictable through corners than the DB11.”

However, reviewers agree that the DB12’s biggest upgrades can be found inside. Thanks to a new infotainment system, plusher and more supportive seating, and improved forward visibility, Steve Sutcliffe of Auto Express concludes that this latest DB iteration is “a much nicer vehicle to travel in, with a cabin that feels far higher in quality.”

A few outlets have shared their disappointment that the powerful V12 petrol engine available in the DB11 range is no more, but the V8-powered DB12 manages to produce an output of 671hp – 71hp than the old V12 DB11.

Despite carrying forward a few of the DB11’s flaws, including a rather small boot and cramped rear seating, Autocar‘s Mark Tisshaw calls the DB12 a “success”, that “goes harder on comfort and refinement”, and “brings Aston closer to the Ferrari Roma.”

As of January 2024, the Aston Martin DB12 holds a New Car Expert Rating of C, with a score of 59%. It might be a fantastic car to drive, but it’s also a very expensive car to live with – not that this will come as any surprise to potential customers. We don’t have safety data (and don’t expect Euro NCAP to be crash-testing the DB12 anytime soon), and it’s too soon to have any reliability data, either.

DB12 highlights

  • Convincing blend of comfort and performance
  • Significant interior upgrade over DB11
  • Fantastic build quality
  • More fun to drive than other luxury grand tourers
  • Stylish exterior looks

DB12 lowlights

  • Alternatives have softer suspension
  • Relatively small boot
  • Rather cramped rear seating
  • Not as agile as the smaller Vantage

Key specifications


Body style: Coupé
Engines:
petrol
Price:
From £185,000 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2023
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

As of January 2024, the Aston Martin DB12 has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP. Based on its price and exclusivity, it’s unlikely to happen.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Aston Martin DB12 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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No reliability rating

The Aston Martin DB12 is a brand-new model, so we don’t have enough reliability data on the coupé to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the DB12, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models23 mpgE23 – 23 mpgE – E
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models277 g/kmD276 – 278 g/kmD – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models50F50 – 50F – F

Unsurprisingly, the near-700hp, petrol-powered, £200K DB12 is an expensive car to live with, according to running cost data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our technical partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

We don’t have servicing and maintenance data just yet, but given that every other measure is at the expensive end of the marketplace, you can expect those numbers to be high as well.

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If you’re looking at the Aston Martin DB12, you might also be interested in these alternatives.

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Improving on its predecessor, the Aston Martin DB12 offers a convincing blend of performance and comfort that rivals the best in its class.Aston Martin DB12