Like the entire Scion line, the xD appeals to those who want just a little more style than other small-car models can provide--but on a very tight budget. And while the xD's competition has really heated up over the past couple of model years with the stylish likes of the Ford Fiesta, the Chevrolet Aveo, and a redesigned Hyundai Accent, among others, the xD delivers a good answer to that need.
There's something tough and aggressive about this small hatchback's design--for one, it rides a bit higher than most, and the wheels (16-inchers, or as large as 18-inch) barely fit into flared wheel arches and stand out as a bit large for the rest of the body. As such, it can even look a little menacing, which its bulldog-like, blunt front end. The spoilered tailgate looks like the back end of a sport shoe, and in all, the xD has a squared-off stance that's the opposite of the svelter European-influenced, last-generation Yaris on which it's based.
Just as the exterior is somewhat blunt and upright, so is the interior. The gauge cluster resembles a clock face, and it's mounted on the steering column and moves as the wheel tilts. The chunky instrument panel is almost like the designs used in some SUVs--an extremely upright wall of hard plastic--while the rest of the interior trims are rather ordinary but a rather incongruous mix of matte and glossy.