I bought my xB knowing it lacked brute horsepower, but have not yet been in a situation where I needed it. It seems to have enough power and I can't believe the high speed cornering this car is capable of. It handles like a sports car, a good one. I'm going to buy another new car soon and it will be eityher a Corvette or an xB, probably the xB because "I can afford it".
This is by far the best car I've ever owned. Low maintenance and very simple in it's layouts, technical features and style. I bough it in the sates cuz you can't buy them in Canada, and it had 80K mil on the meter and I noticed that the engine had been over worked by the looks of it but still it has excellent go and acceleration. If you live in a big city with narrow streets and don't drive on the high way or the freeway allot nothing over 120 km...um 70 mph I think, then this car will be perfect even as a family car but if you commute to work and drive allot on the highway then this car is not for you.
Very roomy, the gauges and the rest of the operation panel is simple and stylish and it works excellent. Very good factory sound system.
Bad on Highways, though that is not an improvement.
I loved this car the first time I sat in it. The placement of the instruments, the amazing interior room, the outstanding visibility is great. I am 6'7" and have 6" head clearance as the driver and my 6'9" son can sit behind me without having his knees in my back or his head on the ceiling. I've been in quite a few different SUVs, and NONE have had as much room for 5 adults as the xB. My only gripe is the steering wheel does impinge on the leg room a bit, but that happens with virtually every car I've driven except large luxury cars. It handles well, and has a great feel for the road, though can be a bit of a rough ride if you are used to luxury rides. The storage space is minimal.
There are many, but the great visibility, sensible, but unusual instrument display and headroom are probably the top 3. Love the 30 mpg as well.
My biggest suggestion is to go back to the original design. the new ones seem to have lost some of the best features, though the storage room is improved.
If you want is a cheap, extremely reliable four door with way more space than you'd first notice, this is it.
If you want comfort and power, go elsewhere.
If you don't expect more than you should from this true Econo-Box, than you'll actually find the Xb a joy to own.
It's actually fun to drive and does well with it's limited HP (tho an automatic with the air on must be a drag).
It's extremely roomy inside, and easy to get into for older folks, and it'll haul lots of junk.
Top that off w/30+ mpg and rock solid reliability and cheap to maintain prices and it's perfect for those who like it's frugal design nature.
Interior size, mpg, ease of ingress/egress, fun unique looks, massive hauling space.
This is not an over-stuffed chair.
If you want comfort, buy something with more padding.
I'm sure for some who never drive much beyond their hood, the power will be lacking, tho the little 1.5 ltr 4-cylinder will pull plenty hard to 6,000 rpm when asked to.
My only wish is that these early Xb's had come stock, or factory optioned with cruise control.
Ride and sound levels on freeways will be a bit harsh for some.
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