The gauges are situated where you'd usually expect them, in front of the driver's face. In the xB, the gauges are in the center of the dashboard, to the right of the driver.
I actually would have preferred that in the xD. The driving position in this car feels so high up that when I looked down at the speedometer, I felt like I was looking at my lap.
Likewise, the floor-mounted gearshift lever, or gear selector in the automatic version, is way down there. It's especially inconvenient with the manual transmission, which had me constantly reaching down next to my right thigh. Even with the automatic transmission, though, the selector felt awkward to use.