Green is my favourite colour. You might wonder why I’m telling you that given this car is white but there is a reason – I promise. Scion is the “youth-focused” arm of Toyota. Models produced by Scion fit a familiar pattern, have an edgy, cool or quirky style, have a suite of glowing, colourful doo-dads and also be affordable.
One of the tricks up the Scion xB sleeve, at least in this edition, is a cool green hue that shows up on the white paint in certain light. It proved near-on impossible to capture with my camera, but if you look closely you can see it. It was most evident in bright sun and made one person ask if my car was radioactive. At least I assume that’s why they asked… maybe I looked really ugly that day.
The green hue is carried over to the lights that project the Scion logo just under the rear tailgate, and those that project the “1 of 1500” and “xB 10.0” logos into the foot wells. There is even green stitching on the cloth seats! Groovy baby.
The xB Release Series 10.0 also gets back-up camera and a wireless charging tray. The wireless charging tray requires a sleeve for most phones, but you get a voucher to buy the sleeve with the car. There’s also an adapter to use in the interim. Lastly, the 10.0 gets illuminated scuff plates and cupholders – ooh, flashy.
The Panda-bear front end gets vertical LED DRLs in the splitter. They’re like those in a Cadillac, except not. There are also wing-mirror mounted indicators, which is handy because the standard items are set back quite a way around the fender and might be difficult to see from some angles.
The pearl-white paint with the green accents is set off beautifully by the 16-inch wheels complete with hubcaps – because alloys are too mainstream dude.
The boxy shape is a boon for those of us who like to carry large things around, and I was able to easily deliver some Ikea drawers I was selling by folding the 60/40 split-fold seat down. It was while I was poking around in the back I discovered the apparently pointless rear cut outs in the side walls. I can only imagine they exist for the youth to mount speakers in when they do the inevitable home Pimp My Ride episode.
2014 Scion xB Release Series 10.0, dashboard, gauges. Click image to enlarge
Up front, the driver peeks out over a bare, hard plastic dashboard with an offset instrument cluster. The cluster contains four ringed gauges angled towards the driver, each with retro orange lettering on black backgrounds. There’s also a rectangular trip meter for fuel economy readout. The cluster is interesting, but one wonders why a fuel gauge has to be that large, why an automatic needs a tachometer and why Scion insists on making them look like the readout from a 1986 Talking Computron.
The HVAC controls are easy to use and sensible, and the vents have had the stylist’s brush applied to them. Under that is the stepped automatic gear selector for the four-speed box with a ribbed plastic cover apparently stolen from a mandoline slicer.