The payoff of the design is inside; such an upright profile provides lots of interior space, but the wind noise is notably higher than in sleeker hatchbacks. The gauge cluster of the 2010 xD resembles a clock face, and it's mounted on the steering column and moves as the wheel tilts. Likewise, the dash is quite upright and almost like the designs used in SUVs, while the interior uses an unusual mix of glossy and matter surfaces.
The 2011 Scion xD is a small hatchback, but there's something a little taller and tougher about its design. From the outside, the 2010 Scion xD can seem slightly menacing. Some liken it to a bulldog-meets-Mack-truck look; others have compared it to blocky footwear. The standard 16-inch wheels sit inside flared wheel arches, with alloys ranging up to 18 inches offered as options.