2010 Scion xD Interior
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Put simply, the 2010 Scion xD simply doesn't have the chops to compete with class leaders like the Honda Fit or Kia Soul when it comes to cargo capacity or interior comfort. However, what continues to make the xD a viable option for car buyers is its impressive list of interior features that rivals that of upscale cars.
- "The interior is awash in hard plastics but avoids looking really cheap. High-mounted audio and climate controls are easy to reach and decipher. The available navigation system incorporates some audio controls, complicating their use. Some testers dislike that the stereo's power button is separate from the volume knob." -- Consumer Guide
- "Your teen...will love this car and its modern-looking instrument panel and center stack, which you'll like because the climate-control knobs are so easy to use." -- Mother Proof
- "The xD is certainly not a roomy vehicle, but when you're a Generation-Y consumer looking for economy, room is not likely the top priority." -- Denver Daily News
Like its platform-mate, the Toyota Yaris, reviewers generally agree that the Scion xD's front seats offer only adequate comfort and have limited legroom. If a roomier front cabin is important to you, check out the Kia Soul. It has plenty of head- and legroom and surprisingly comfortable seats.
- "Good seat comfort and driver positioning, but the seat lacks height adjustment, and taller folks might find headroom and legroom tight. The long of leg also might wish for a longer seat cushion for proper thigh support." -- Consumer Guide
- "The xD's seating position is upright, but taller drivers may complain of a legroom shortage. The steering column doesn't telescope, which will further annoy the longer of leg." -- Edmunds
The xD's back seat is unique in that its rear seats can both slide back and forth and recline up to 10 degrees. While this is appreciated by some reviewers, for others it seems more like a parlor trick than a feature that actually increases comfort. If carrying rear passengers in comfort is a priority, take the Kia Soul for a test drive.
- "The seat is high set, but entry and exit suffer from fairly narrow door openings. Limited legroom means even smaller passengers will be cramped. Fore and aft sliding seats seem more like a novelty than a benefit to passenger comfort." -- Consumer Guide
- "Two rear passengers will find ample space thanks to the reclining seatback and sliding seat bottom." -- Edmunds
Scion has come to be known as a brand that offers vehicles with hundreds of customization options, and the xD is no exception. While its list of standard features is above average for a compact and includes amenities like a tilt steering wheel and a console screen that displays track and artist information, reviewers agree that it's the add-ons that make the xD stand out.
For 2010, Scion has added another optional feature to the list -- a stereo upgrade. Buyers can get the Alpine Premium audio system which includes all of the features of the original system with the addition of a 4.3-inch color touchscreen, HD radio technology, and front and rear speaker hook-ups.
- "The optional Alpine audio system's touchscreen replicates the functions on your iPod, which is a nice touch; however, the standard speakers aren't anything special, and the Alpine system doesn't bring any upgrades in this regard." -- Edmunds
Reviewers have mixed feelings about the available cargo space in the 2010 Scion xD. On the one hand, they appreciate that the 10.5 cubic feet of cargo space can be expanded to accommodate as much as 35.7 cubic feet of cargo when the rear seat is folded down. Nonetheless, the space doesn't compare to the convenience and configurability of other hatchbacks. The Honda Fit, for example, offers a maximum 57.3 cubic feet of cargo space.
- "Although not as capacious as other compact hatches, the xD provides a useful 35.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo space with the rear seats folded." -- Edmunds
- "The large cargo area includes underfloor bins, but there's only room for a few grocery bags with the rear seat up and shoved back to accommodate passengers. There are plenty of in-cabin slots and pockets, but some of them are too small to be really useful." -- Consumer Guide