Scion xB Interior
Reviewers mention that the 2014 Scion xB’s cabin materials are appropriate for the class and they say there’s ample head- and legroom in both the front and back. Test drivers are pleased with the xB’s hi-tech audio systems, but say some of the gauges can be hard for the driver to see.
- “With lots of hard plastic and flat, simple surfaces, you won't confuse the xB for a Lexus." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Interior materials are mediocre, but we suppose plush polymers aren't really the point of a car like this." -- AutoTrader
- "The interior is a sea of hard plastics, but that's to be expected for the price. Their look and feel are still pleasant for the class." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
The xB seats five people and comes standard with sport front bucket seats, a tilt and telescoping steering column and 60/40-split reclining rear seats. Some reviewers say the steering wheel doesn’t telescope far enough, which can be problematic for taller drivers. They say there’s plenty of legroom in both the front and rear seats and ample headroom all around thanks to the xB’s high ceiling. Test drivers note that rear visibility is compromised by the big roof pillars.
- "The tilt-telescopic steering wheel is obviously an improvement over the tilt-only wheel in earlier xBs, but it still doesn't extend out far enough for lanky drivers. It's also angled forward pretty aggressively, even at its lowest tilt position; think big yellow bus here." -- AutoTrader
- "Of course, the xB's true draw is interior space. Both front and rear passengers will find plenty of legroom and headroom, and long road trips are a viable proposition, as the front seats are pretty comfortable." -- Edmunds
- "Despite the 2014 xB's tidy exterior dimensions, there's no lacking for interior space. If you or your friends are tall, all parties should feel at ease in the xB." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The front seats are comfortable and supportive. Drivers sit upright, yet the high-for-the-class ceiling means headroom is more than ample. Taller occupants will wish for slightly more legroom. The large rear roof pillars block visibility to the rear." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
The xB comes standard with a six-speaker Pioneer audio system with a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth, a USB/iPod interface, an auxiliary input, keyless entry, cruise control and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. A BeSpoke stereo system with navigation and smartphone integration is available as a dealer-added accessory.
Reviewers say the xB’s climate controls have an intuitive layout and are straightforward to use. They say the newly standard audio touch-screen display makes the cabin feel cutting-edge and they’re even more pleased with the available BeSpoke audio system, which offers additional tech features like smartphone integration. Some of the xB’s gauges can be hard to see while driving, they note, because of their placement in the center stack.
- “At least the climate controls are user-friendly for all. … The digital speedometer is the closest circle, so keeping track of your speed shouldn't be an issue, but we're not sold on the ergonomics of putting gauges somewhere other than in the driver's line of sight. … The standard touchscreen interface looks great, adding a bit of high-tech flair to what's already a pretty distinctive cabin.” -- AutoTrader
- "The highlight is the optional BeSpoke sound system. Besides adding smartphone app integration, it also includes a navigation system, and its interface is well suited for younger, tech-oriented buyers. One downside is that the xB still has its quirky center-mounted gauges, which require too much of the driver's attention to scan easily." -- Edmunds
- "Up front, controls are simple to see and use: If you want to adjust the fan, you can do it in about two seconds." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Scion makes some odd choices for the location of some controls and displays. The instrument pod is mounted high in the middle of dashboard, out of driver's direct line of sight. Some testers find this to be an annoyance, but the digital speedometer readout partially compensates." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
The Scion xB offers 11.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seats and 69.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The xB has lots of cargo space for the class, even enough to rival many compact SUVs’. Test drivers are pleased with the amount of interior storage, including a storage compartment under the rear seat.
- "Cargo capacity is another of the xB's SUV-like traits, … expanding to a formidable 69.9 cu ft with the rear seat backs folded.” -- AutoTrader
- "The liftover height can be a bit high when you're loading heavy items into the cargo bay, but this Scion can easily carry a weekend's worth of luggage for four." -- Edmunds
- "When not holding your buddies, the Scion's 3-person rear seat folds in a 60/40 split to open up a tremendous amount of cargo space - nearly 70 cubic feet." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
- "Interior small items storage is plentiful, with several bins and trays, including a cubby beneath the rear seat." -- Consumer Guide (2013)