The cube-like xB has very good space efficiency and a roomy interior.
The low floor and high roof make access almost as easy as walking into the next room.
Handling is fairly nimble.
Good visibility and compact dimensions make the xB a great city car.
However, on a long highway drive, its choppy ride and high levels of wind noise can be somewhat fatiguing.
In our testing, the manual transmission xB got 30 mpg.
Electronic stability control was available from the first year, which is rather impressive for such an inexpensive car.