2008 Scion xB

  • 2008 Scion xB Base Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      158/162
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $16,600
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2008 Scion xB Review

A versatile and fun vehicle for the young car buyer with a design that may divide the ranks.

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Overview

The 2008 Scion xB has had a complete redesign for the 2008 model year, and it looks better than ever. The Scion range was looking to secure the young car buyer demographic and released this oddly-styled compact wagon. Thus, it made the 2008 Scion xB a unique looking vehicle that will divide buyers. Whether consumers like the styling or not, the 2008 Scion xB does come with a slew of standard features, improved interior materials, and ergonomics. This smartly-priced, uniquely designed vehicle is versatile enough for most car buyers to give it a second glance.

The Range

Body Styles: compact wagon
Engines: 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Scion xB

What's New

The 2008 Scion xB is completely redesigned this year. This is the second generation for the vehicle. It retains the unique body shape, but the corners are rounded and the appearance slightly softer than before. The xB is a bit bigger as well, giving the driver and passengers more room to breathe. The engine is also more powerful this year. The interior has also received a redesign, with better controls and an amazing audio system.

Exterior

The exterior of the vehicle is the big divider. This compact wagon has some funny angles and sharp corners that seem to swoon some and disgust others. Most buyers will likely choose or pass over the vehicle based on the exterior design alone. Standard features include 16-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, rear defogger, power mirrors, and integrated turn signals in the mirrors. TRD performance parts are also optional.

Interior

The 2008 Scion xB’s interior is also uniquely designed. All of the gauges are center-mounted, which creates quite a bit of clutter and confusion. The speedometer is digital, which is about the only thing that’s clear. The ergonomics of the center console is the sole disappointing feature, because the rest of the cabin is quite tasty. There is plenty of room for the driver and passengers, except there isn’t a telescoping steering wheel. The audio system is mounted high, making it easier to operate while driving. Standard features include air-conditioning, cruise control, full power accessories, and a six-speaker Pioneer audio system with a single CD-player. There is an auxiliary jack and iPod integration as well. Optional features include a dealer-installed rear spoiler, faux-carbon fiber interior trim, and an optional audio system with clearer sound and a touch interface.

Performance & Handling

The 2008 Scion xB comes with only one engine type, a 2.4-liter inline-four that produces 158 horsepower with 162 lb-ft of torque. There is now a lot of low-end power, which was something the previous xB was lacking in spades. The engine is wed with either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic with auto-manual control. The automatic xB will go from zero to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds. The new 2008 Scion xB performs a lot better than the old xB. The grip is solid and the steering is a lot more responsive than in previous incarnations. The body is still tall, however, meaning there is a fair bit, although not a terrifying amount, of body roll when turning corners at speed. The suspension is comfortably tuned, meaning it can take a bump or two without rattling your teeth. It is still sporty enough to entice younger buyers, though.

Safety

The 2008 Scion xB comes with a lot of standard safety features, including anti-lock brakes, stability control, traction control, front seat side airbags, and standard full-length side curtain airbags. The NHTSA gave the 2008 Scion xB four out of five stars for driver and passenger front impact and five stars for side impact in the front and rear. The IIHS only tested frontal impact, and gave the 2008 Scion xB a rating of ""good,"" the top score.

EPA Fuel Economy

Scion xB: 22/28 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Lots of standard features
  • Large space in the cabin
  • Massive cargo space
  • Amazing stereo equipment
  • Unique styling

You Won't Like

  • Unique styling
  • Badly designed center controls
  • Lack of telescoping steering wheel

Sum Up

A versatile and fun vehicle for the young car buyer with a design that may divide the ranks.

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