It is a common assumption that the smaller the car, the more vulnerable driver and passengers are in an accident. The new Toyota iQ - the world's smallest four-seat production model - is proof this need not be the case, providing an unprecedented level of active and passive safety protection for an A-segment model.
From its basic framework to a 360-degree array of airbags, the Toyota iQ goes further than any car in its class to ensure the safety of everyone on board should an accident happen. More than that, there is a full package of advanced braking and handling systems that help the driver maintain control of the car in difficult conditions, features that until now have been reserved for much larger models from the B/C segments and above.
The Toyota iQ is equipped with a formidable range of braking and handling systems that give the driver more chance of avoiding an accident happening.
ABS is supported by Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA), which ensure maximum performance under emergency braking. By preventing the wheels from locking under braking, EBD also helps maintain stability when cornering and braking.
Steering Assist Vehicle Stability Control (VSC+) prevents loss of control in hazardous situations, for example when entering a corner too fast, or encountering slippery conditions that could provoke a skid. Sensors monitoring vital performance data around the car determine whether the driver is about to lose control and automatically triggers stability and safety systems, including adjustment of steering torque to help the driver make the correct turn of the wheel to keep the car on course.
Traction Control (TRC) is also provided as standard, automatically adjusting power delivery to individual wheels when any loss of traction is detected to maintain grip, for example when driving on wet or uneven surfaces.Published 2 December 2008