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Toyota iQ

Toyota iQ

Road test of the iQ

Model/Engine size: iQ2 1.0 VVT-i

Fuel: Petrol

Fuel combined: 65.7 mpg

The iQ is an exercise by to see how much of a grown-up car they can into the smallest possible And we’re pleased to report achieved their goal.

shorter than three in length – marginally longer than a smart fortwo – the internal packaging can seat ‘3 1’ – this means 3 adults one child-sized person. This is achieved by some extreme, packaging measures.

However all this, when driving the iQ, it like you’re driving a car. The cabin feels (it is), and because of the unusual for a city car, it rides a stable grown-up car on proper roads. The main difference when you get out of the iQ and suddenly realise someone has chopped off the back of the car the driver’s door.

It should be stated at this that this very car with a big car feel also has a car price tag. The better iQ2 (pronouced iQ ‘squared’) as tested – different wheels, climate auto wipers and lamps, and go – is £1000 more, weighing in at a £10,495 – and it’s possible to get the much higher than with accessories such as and leather.

So the iQ is targeted at people who a small city car that can drive properly out of the city. And people need to be prepared to pay a for this ability.

If nothing the iQ is interesting – especially from a design point of view. It has six key that Toyota is particularly of.

The interior design has a dashboard is further forward on the passenger allowing the passenger to sit further so accommodating a large-adult type to sit behind.

The iQ has a fuel tank that is thin – just 12cm – which sits underneath the Although it has a claimed range of 450 miles, the fuel gauge down very quickly, and in £5 worth of fuel when its appears to take the tank to full, so in everyday driving be very surprised if owners 450 miles between fill-ups.

The sits in front of the engine, means that the front can be stuck right out at the front of the car.

The steering rack is and far back in the engine bay, space to be optimised under the The air conditioning unit is also

And the seats are much thinner normal, freeing up vital interior space. You can also down the rear seats, decent space for shopping if the aren’t doing the shopping you. Or if they are, they can get the bus home.


The engine is a three cylinder with 67bhp. This is not the most powerful of engines, but it about works OK in a car of this and weight. Especially in its intended the city. Although the relatively is primarily intended for good out of town.

And the iQ plays another one of its cards in urban environments. the steering wheel of most and you’ve got a pretty good about how it will feel. the steering wheel fully of the iQ for the time and it feels like theme park ride plays with your so unusual is the extra lock and the tiny turning circle.

Be aware that the iQ can be specified a CVT automatic transmission. This an extra £1000, makes the worse, the emissions higher, and in you having to pay £35 per year for a tax disc current prices, compared to the road tax with the sub-100g/km CO2 version (sub-100g/km CO2 being for a petrol car at the moment) – so the CVT is obviously not itself well.

Toyota iQ

Despite its size, the iQ’s safety are good. It even features the first rear-shield airbags protect rear passengers in the of a rear-end shunt.

What do we could be improved? Well, are better looking city out there – we’d choose the of the new Ford Ka over the iQ any day. And in the to make the iQ refined to drive, the fun has been dialled out. is not a shortened wheelbase Mini despite what you might be for.

And there’s the price. It’s £2000 more than a Aygo. The Aygo has more it’s more fun to drive, and in world driving you could similar fuel economy – the of the iQ on test was only in the mid-40’s – way short of the claimed 65.7mpg. even be tempted to say we prefer the of the Aygo.

A small gripe is the wheel mounted four-way control for the stereo, which is difficult to move up and down also moving side to In fact this reflects the feel in terms of quality – the certainly feels modern, but cheap and not completely solid in all

However all that is missing the of the iQ. As the name suggests, this is an car for modern city driving. And as anything well-thought out, you expect to pay a price premium. If you to make a statement that you an innovative environmentally-conscious city then the iQ has to be today’s choice.

Car details and fuel economy

Fuel economy extra 72.4 mpg

Fuel economy 57.7 mpg

CO2 emissions: 99 g/km

rating: VED band A – £0

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