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2008 Scion xD Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Scion xD was new.

Although the 2008 xD is not as spacious or versatile as higher-ranked competitors, many give it the benefit of the doubt. USA Today says the car is "generally roomy for the small exterior size." Edmunds adds that it's "functional, well-built and certainly hip."


Reviewers are hesitant to fully praise the xD's seating for five. They generally consider the seats comfortable, but not perfect. Among the pluses, MSN likes that "everyone, front and back, sits up nicely from the pavement," and Consumer Guide appreciates good driver positioning.

But up front, Edmunds writes the xD "has the same upright seating position as the Yaris and a driver seat that's short on legroom," and The Car Connection notes front seats as "quite comfortable and supportive, but the lower cushions are just too short for taller folks, a common complaint in small cars."

The backseat fares better. About.com says, "Despite having less legroom than the car it replaces, the xD is still surprisingly friendly to backseat passengers." Consumer Guide likes that the "seatback reclines, which aids in passenger comfort." Rear seats also slide backward and forward for more people room, but a few suggest that you shouldn't transport more than two rear passengers at a time. The Chicago Sun-Times explains, "Unlike the xB, the rear seat has a hard center, making the xD uncomfortable for a third rear occupant."

Interior Features

There is no division when discussing the xD's interior features -- writers are unanimously impressed. NewCars.com states, "Whether playing a gig, carting your friends around town, or bringing home the bounty from a big shopping trip, the xD comes loaded with features and equipment to make the ride a delight." The Car Connection writes, "The sheer magnitude of standard equipment is mind-blowing when you compare it to some of the competition."

The xD comes standard with a multifunctional information display, power door locks and power outside mirrors. Unlike the xA, most xD gauges are now "where they belong -- in front of the driver instead of in the dash center," Edmunds and others write. Furthermore, the amber-backlit controls feel "pleasant -- smooth and high quality -- to rotate, push, pull," as USA Today describes.

However, the position and usability of the xD's tachometer and speedometer inspires angst. Edmunds says, "The tach in particular is hard to read and we once again must say to Scion: 'We understand being different is your thing, but just leave the gauges alone.'"

Stereo and Entertainment

Reviewers call the xD's standard Pioneer AM/FM/CD player a competent audio system. MSN says it's "strong-sounding," and NewCars.com likes that the MP3 and satellite radio compatibility "combines with Scion Sound Processing (SSP), only to be thrown in the mix with 6-speaker sound system and iPod connecter to please the most discerning audiophiles."


The 2008 Scion xD's optional Scion Navigation System is integrated with a six-speaker 160-watt audio system, and features a seven-inch wide LCD touchscreen. Opinions are split on the system's usefulness. Consumer Guide thinks integrating audio controls is "complicating their use," but Edmunds decides, "The optional navigation system makes audio control even simpler (and safer) by utilizing the touchscreen to create crystal-clear functions that mirror those on the iPod itself." The Car Connection is on Edmunds' side, stating that the navigation system "fits nicely in place of the standard sound system and includes audio and video operations, allowing DVDs to be played when the vehicle is parked."

Additional Features

Writers are impressed with the xD's comprehensive list of additional features. Edmunds states: "Personalization is all fine and dandy, but it helps if the car itself has some substance. And in the new xD, Scion seems to have built a car that makes it worth going through the hassle of personalization." Some of the interior options include illuminated door sill enhancements, a 4-n-1 light kit with cup holder illumination, remote engine starting and racing shift knobs.

At the same time, the vast majority are concerned with the high cost involved. The Chicago Sun-Times complains, "Some of that stuff isn't cheap," and MSN estimates that "the average Scion transaction involves more than $1,000 in accessories."


The 2008 Scion xD has a total cargo capacity of 10.5 cubic feet, a figure that disappoints many automotive reviewers. Edmunds calls the xD's cargo room a major downside. "Compared to popular choices in this segment like the Chevrolet Aveo, Honda Fit and Nissan Versa, it falls short in terms of maximum cargo space (with both the rear seats raised and lowered)," they state. The Chicago Sun-Times says the amount of space is adequate -- the real issue is a "rather high" opening for loading.

But the xD's rear seats slide backward and forward for more storage versatility. Consumer Guide states "a panel flips up from cargo floor to fill the gap left when the seat is forward. Split rear seatbacks lie flat and can be folded without removing the headrests."

The xD's rear cargo area has hidden storage underneath the load floor for smaller items. Other slots include two gloveboxes, eight cup holders and a center console, leading The Car Connection to state, "Even though the interior isn't absolutely spacious, there are plenty of smaller bins for things." Similarly, Edmunds says, "The numbers indicate that Honda's Fit will swallow slightly more total cargo, but the xD offers enough for most people."

Review Last Updated: 2/17/09

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