2008 Scion xD

  • 2008 Scion xD Base Hatchback

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2008 Scion xD Review

A lot to offer young drivers, but may lag behind the competitors in some respects.

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The 2008 Scion xD has that recognizable and distinctive Scion styling that consumers will either love or hate. The xD has the same kind of target audience as those who might like the xB; those who want something aesthetically different. The 2008 Scion xD has some intriguing features and the same underpinnings as the Toyota Yaris hatchback, but with a more powerful engine. The 2008 Scion xD also boasts a wide range of standard and optional features that not many vehicles in its price class can offer.

The Range

Body Styles: hatchback
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Scion xD

What's New

The 2008 Scion xD is a brand new model for Scion. The xD replaces the entry-level xA model that was at the bottom of the Scion lineup. Scion has decided that entry level no longer means doing without. The new xD offers a wide array of standard and optional features that xA owners could only dream of.


The 2008 Scion xD’s exterior has the same kind of flavor as the Scion xB. The xB model, the xD’s design cousin, has an almost cultish following. Standard on the 2008 Scion xD Base model, the only trim line, are 16-inch steel wheels, power windows, and integrated mirror turn signals. There are also a lot of dealer installed options, such as alloy wheels in various sizes, a rear spoiler, and LED tail lights.


The 2008 Scion xD’s interior is extremely well built for a car of its class, and is as hip and modern as any other entry-level vehicle on the market. While the xB has an interior plagued by misplaced and ill-designed controls, the 2008 Scion xD is built just right. All the controls, except for the tachometer, are clearly marked, easy to use, and placed in good position for using while driving. An optional touch-screen audio control system makes it even easier to use the stereo while driving. While the standard speakers included with the vehicle are okay at best, the aftermarket speakers offered by the dealer are often fantastic. Room can be a bit cramped in the driver’s seat due to the upright positioning cloned from the Yaris. The steering column has only one adjustment, which may be an issue for drivers of a larger size. The 2008 Scion xD does provide 35.7 cubic feet of space, which is comparable with the competition.

Performance & Handling

The 2008 Scion xD offers a 1.8-liter engine that produces 128 horsepower with 125 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. Gas mileage is slightly better with the manual transmission. 2008 Scion xD equipped with the manual transmission will go from zero to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds. The 2008 Scion xD feels like it is bigger than it actually is due to the slightly heavier curb weight. This gives the driver a slightly better handle on the road. The stronger engine helps as well. The electric power steering does feel a bit fake at times, giving zero feedback to the driver at low speeds, but it does feel decent when on the highway. The ride is comfortable, quiet, and competent; everything consumers would want from a hatchback.


The 2008 Scion xD offers anti-lock brakes, brake assist, stability control, traction control, front seat side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags. Unlike the xB, the xD model also offers active headrests to reduce the risk of whiplash. The NHTSA gave the 2008 Scion xD four out of five stars for passenger and driver frontal impact, and five out of five for side impacts. The IIHS gave the 2008 Scion xD an ""acceptable"" score for frontal offset impact, and a score of ""good"" for side impacts.

EPA Fuel Economy

2008 Scion xD: 27/33 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Lots of audio equipment choices
  • Standard features galore
  • Dealer installed customizations

You Won't Like

  • Smaller cargo space
  • Front legroom

Sum Up

A lot to offer young drivers, but may lag behind the competitors in some respects.

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