2008 Scion xB Interior
This interior review was written when the 2008 Scion xB was new.
The interior of the 2008 Scion xB, according to reviewers, is spacious, has lots of headroom and legroom, and is stocked with a surprisingly large set of standard features. "What's best," says MSN, "is how roomy this small car is inside."
Reviewers are happily surprised by how much room there is inside the deceptively small-looking xB. Car and Driver finds it "so spacious it recalls full-sized vans from the '70s." Road and Track likes that the "cavernous interior is functional while having some newfound form." A few reviewers think that Scion relies a bit too much on plastic fixtures, but don't feel that this is a fatal flaw. "Hard plastic dominates the interior," says Consumer Guide, "but surface texture and silver-painted trim keeps it from looking cheap."
Reviewers are mixed on the xB's dashboard. Cars.com feels that the analog center-mounted gauges are "hard to read at a glance." New Car Test Drive likes that the clock "is highly readable, unlike so many." MSN believes that the "large climate controls should be applauded, and other controls are easy to reach and use." Edmunds doesn't like the way that Scion has placed the instrument cluster in the center of the dashboard instead of behind the steering wheel, where most automakers put it. "Our only real complaint about the new xB isn't what's changed from the old car, but one of the things that remain unchanged, like the center-mounted gauge cluster, which served no real purpose when Toyota introduced it on the Echo and hasn't improved with age."
There are seats for five passengers and most writers find them very accommodating for at least four of those. "Headroom is astounding," gushes MSN, and Carz Unlimited finds "incredible amounts of head- and legroom." The believes that "[l]eg, knee and arm room are pleasantly ample to eliminate any discomfort on short or long trips, as long as you don't expect to fit three adults in back."
Consumer Guide finds the front seats to be "comfortable and supportive." MSN is impressed that "legroom in front and second rows is only an inch or less than what's in the Escalade." Cars.com thinks that "backseat room is impressive...there's more room in the xB's backseat than in some midsize cars." New Car Test Drive found that the "three kids who rode in the rear seat of our xB didn't have a problem, but three adults would. Two adults wouldn't be uncomfortable though, because you can easily slide your feet up under the front seats."
Scion has given the xB a well-equipped interior. Edmunds finds that the "list of standard equipment is unexpectedly long." It includes a six-speaker stereo system with a standard auxiliary input jack and a second input jack specific to iPods, audio controls on the steering wheel, power windows, and remote keyless entry. Scion offers no optional feature packages, but as part of its general philosophy of customizability encourages the buyer to add third-party features at the dealer. The stereo features an LCD screen that can be used to view DVDs when the car isn't moving. Several GPS manufacturers also offer similar features that could possibly cost less than tricking out your xB. Check out our GPS reviews for more information on the key convenience features for a portable navigation system.
Car and Driver "really enjoyed" the full iPod integration included with the audio system. The Car Connection, however, feels that the Pioneer stereo head unit is "typically aftermarket in its un-intuitiveness...You can't punch the volume button to turn it off during a traffic stop, for example...And for all the fuss, it's only putting out decent sound quality through the chosen speaker set. It does change colors on command, and you can program in little video clips on its screen, but really -- shouldn't it sound great first?"
The 2008 Scion xB has 21.7 cubic feet of cargo space available behind the backseat, but 69.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, an increase of approximately 28 cubic feet over the previous model. "The cargo area is spacious," says MSN. It's not the best in its class, though. New Car Test Drive points out that the "Honda Fit and Mazda5 remain the masters of cargo space in a small vehicle." There are also a number of storage facilities for small objects. The feels that "[n]ice touches include stowage pockets on both sides of the cargo floor as well as under it; stowage in the doors and in the dash left of the steering wheel; a stowage ledge above the glove box; and bottle holders built into each door."