It is very easy to drive, very easy to park and very easy on the wallet.
Despite the triple glazed windscreen and other noise-limiting efforts, the Toyota iQ is quite noisy at speed hence the need for extra volume on the audio system. This is probably mitigated somewhat on the manual versions, as low rolling resistant tyres tend to be quieter.
Country lanes provide a venue to explore the kart-like handling and agility, although better lateral support from the seats would be a benefit on these occasions. The Toyota iQ's suspension is quite firm but not enough to spoil the fun and the stance of the car allows for stability as well as manoeuvrability, which in other circumstances, means easy to park.
Both Toyota iQs have ABS with EBD, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with Traction Control (TRC), plus another innovation and 'world-first' - a rear window airbag, which completes the 360-degree airbag protection within the cabin, including a driver's knee 'bag.
Despite certain impracticalities, the Toyota iQ grew on me and I came to like the look of it. It is very easy to drive, very easy to park and very easy on the wallet. There is no real target market as the quirky looks will appeal to individuals from all walks of life, although students may be put off by the prices that range from £9,495 to £11,495.15 April 2009
Toyota iQ Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Toyota iQ 1.0 VVT-i|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||15.5 Seconds|
|Top Speed||93 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||68.9 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 15/04/09)||£9,495|