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QUALITY | 6 out of 10
Its doors close with a reassuring thunk, and bumps don't rattle through the cabin.
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The doors weren't tinny, and the fit and finish was clean and tight.
The xD's seating position is upright, but taller drivers may complain of a legroom shortage.
Every time we got in the car we reached down to look for a nonexistent seat height adjustment.
The interior of the 2012 Scion xD is roomy, but it's not particularly comfortable or quiet.
The front seats are a sore spot: they're supportive enough for short drives, but because their bottom cushions are too short, the seats aren't comfortable for longer trips. It's a common complaint we have with many small cars, but it's very noticeable here. Taller, lankier drivers or those with atypical physiques should also be aware that the xD is one of the few models on the market with a steering wheel that tilts but doesn't telescope. There's better news in back, where the small amount of available room is mitigated by a seat that slides back and forth on a six-inch track, increasing the utility of the hatchback. The seat also splits and folds 60/40, and it reclines 10 degrees, so smaller adults who squeeze in back can probably find a reasonable amount of comfort.
There's not all that much cargo space behind the rear seats, but once they're folded down, the hatchback space opens into a nicely sized cargo hold, accompanied by the xD's numerous cubbyholes and storage bins.
While the xD's upright profile pays off in lots of interior space, wind noise is somewhat higher than other small hatchbacks. Ride quality is quite good though, with a rather soft calibration that should do well on choppy urban surfaces.Fit and finish is typical small-car Toyota, which is to say that assembly quality is top-notch but materials are a bit behind the curve, with more hard plastics than you'll find in rival models.
The 2012 Scion xD has a roomy interior, but the execution falls short--with short, hard front seats and some unimpressive materials.