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Toyota iQ (2009-2015)

Overall Rating

4 stars

Toyota's compact iQ for around-town driving with all the stability and handling dynamics of a larger car to keep it on the pace on the open highway. It can turn on a sixpence and slot easily into parking spaces that are forbidden territory to its rivals, yet the interior at the front is spacious.

  • Small city car with excellent turning circle
  • Good spec as standard
  • Efficient engine
  • Very small back seat
  • Non-existant boot space
  • Flimsy on motorway, really just a city car
Road Test

iQ is available in two grades, iQ and iQ2, the entry-level iQ has15-inch alloy wheels with colour-keyed door mirrors and bumpers and heated electrically adjustable door mirrors with integrated indicator lamps. Air conditioning and six-speaker sound system provides a radio, CD player and MP3/WMA file playing from disc. There is also an auxiliary socket for connection to personal MP3 players. Electric windows, remote central locking, dark tinted privacy glass in the rear window and leather trim for the steering wheel and gear knob are also all included, together with a tonneau cover for the rear luggage space. Upgrading to iQ2 brings a high-gloss finish, fog lights are neatly integrated into the lower front bumper section and there are bi-halogen headlights with a smoke-tinted finish to their glass covers. The door mirrors are electronically retractable - handy for those ultra-tight parking spots iQ drivers will be making the most of. Climate control air conditioning, smart entry and push-button start, automatic headlights and wipers and an auto-dimming rear view mirror raise the quality bar even higher. Engines come as 1.0 VVT-i manual emissions and 1.0 VVT-i Multidrive 110 g/km emissions, making them London congestion charge exempt. The iQ is really a two-seater of which it has plenty of legroom and is a comfortable car, in the back is a small bench seat and the boot is the size of a paper tray.

Need To Know

Best Models: 1.0 VVT-i manual

Toyota iQ (2009-2015)
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Running Costs

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Value for Money

3 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

3 stars
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