Week at the wheel: Toyota iQ

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Week at the Wheel | Toyota iQ |


The iQ is not the bonny baby of the range, but there is a certain to its looks that appeals. The overall length coupled to the stance make it seem a Smart Fortwo that has over-inflated, but zipping through traffic the iQ’s size plenty of sense. The exterior translate into plenty of room for the driver and front and there’s an MPV-like driving thanks to the high-set seat, windscreen and commanding forward

When the driver looks his or her left shoulder when lanes, the view is much restricted by the thick rear Not even the tiny tot rear help much here. also very cramped in the where only two children realistically fit for even short As for boot space, it’s to order your shopping

At 32-litres with the rear in the raised position, the iQ’s is the smallest we’ve ever Even with the 50/50 rear seats folded are only 242-litres of cargo

Engine Transmission:

Small small engine is the guiding with the iQ. It’s a philosophy work as the three-cylinder 1.0-litre has just enough puff for the iQ to nifty in town and on a par with traffic on faster paced The 0-62mph time of 14.7 is at the sluggish end of the acceptable spectrum, yet the iQ nippier than this during our week with the covered plenty of motorway without ever feeling out of its

The chatty three-cylinder engine with glee and never more than chirpy no gruffness here. The five-speed fitted to our test car had a typically shift action: it does the job minimum fuss but without any of the or fluidity of a Ford Fiesta’s for

Ride Handling:

With its wheelbase, we expected the iQ to suffer some bounciness in the ride However, Toyota has bypassed department and headed straight for the marked ‘supple and secure.’ town, the iQ is in its element, dismissing ruts with urbane while the wonderfully tight circle has you running rings black cabs. The steering is lightly – but just – assisted, while all of the controls work with judged weighting to make the iQ experience much classier the price or sum of its parts would

On the open road, the iQ continues to its own. A slight firmness to the becomes apparent – no to keep the car stable in crosswinds, it is. There’s also a bit more in corners than you’d in a Ford Ka or Fiat 500. but the iQ is remarkably good fun to press on country roads in.

Longer journeys are also to be as the iQ has the sort of refinement we’d associate with an executive not a city car.

Equipment, Value for Money:

Some of the plastics are not so fantastic in the iQ, but Toyota has much more of an effort to the cabin some showroom Every iQ comes with air electric windows, central CD stereo, ESP stability control and a of airbags. The airbag tally includes one that inflates to the rear screen in the event of a end accident, which helps fears about the rear being so close to the back end of the

With a starting price of than Ј10,000 for the car we tested, the iQ up well next to rivals, most of the competition offer more rear seat and accommodation.

Running costs for the iQ are low though, with the five-speed gearbox-equipped models all road thanks to emissions of 99/g/km. makes the iQ also one of the cleanest money can buy, while combined economy is up with the It also means a practical of more than 400 miles on a fill of the 32-litre fuel Throw in low cost group 2 and the iQ makes a lot of financial sense


The Toyota iQ has taken our intelligence test and come out flying colours. There are a of subjects where it could do – passenger and boot for example – but we can forgive minor faults for the way the iQ drives, its and low running costs. There are of genius in the way the iQ has been designed, so it a highly respectable 2:1 degree the University of Car Enthusiast .

Alisdair – 19 Aug 2009

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