A unique exterior and a functional interior mesh for a funky, utilitarian aesthetic in the 2008 Scion xD.
From the outside, the 2008 Scion xD has a very aggressive style, with flared wheel wells filled by standard 16-inch wheels or optional alloys that range up to 18 inches. Says Car and Driver, “anyone who remembers the rounder version of the bean-and-box duo that launched Scion in the U.S. will be hard pressed to see the xD as anything but a replacement for the xA.” Critics generally like the departure from the xA’s rather generic duds, with adjectives such as “polarizing” (Car and Driver), “sharper,” (Automobile), and “dramatically styled” (Road & Track). Concludes Automobile, “sharper styling, a wider stance, and tighter wheel-to-fender clearance eliminate the jellybean comparisons that plagued the xA.”
The interior also shows that Scion learned lessons from the slow-selling xA. Gone is the awkward center-mounted speedometer, replaced by “a more traditional driver centered dash layout,” though it does have a nontraditional arrangement of speedo and tach in the same circular housing, “with their respective needles fluttering independently,” says Automobile. The “dash is simple and easy to navigate,” according to Kelley Blue Book.