Toyota IQ Review

The Toyota iQ offers the practicality of a decent supermini with a chassis shorter than that of a city car in an extremely clever package. It is one of the most radical cars that Toyota has ever produced.


The Toyota iQ is an innovative car and this is particularly seen with the ‘three-plus-one’ seating arrangement. Fitting the engine as far forward as possible has enabled Toyota to create an amazingly spacious interior for a car of this size.
There’s plenty of room up front for the driver and passenger. The front passenger seat is positioned forwards as the dashboard is pulled towards the base of the windscreen on the passenger’s side allowing a full-sized rear seat behind it, while on the other side at the back is a smaller seat designed for children or occasional use when the journey is a short one. As a whole it works impressively well, with three adults able to ride together in the iQ in reasonable comfort.
Boot space though is largely lost with all the seats in place.
The quality of some of the plastics used in the interior do nothing to enhance the iQ’s premium price aspirations, but it’s obvious that a lot of thought has gone into the materials and design, which means everything feels like it’s built to last.
The centre console benefits from a simple design which frees up extra space for the driver – but comfort would be enhanced if the seat was height adjustable and the steering wheel moved for reach as well as rake.
The heater is controlled via chunky buttons and dials that are easy to see and use.
The Toyota iQ should be one of the cheapest cars to own as insurance costs are low, average fuel economy is a wallet-friendly 65mpg and carbon dioxide emissions of just 99g/km, means it qualifies for free road tax.

Life Style

There is no doubt that the Toyota iQ is most in its element in the urban jungle where its incredibly tight turning circle and manoeuvrability come into play.
But it must also be said that it does a job on the motorway where it cruises along quite happily. Nobody though should buy an iQ expecting a dynamic drving experience. The baby Toyota’s relatively tall, narrow stance means that cornering limits are low, while the ESP stability control can be felt working at relatively modest speeds to keep everything on track.
The three-cylinder petrol engine makes a distinctive noise, but it is not harsh and in every other respect the iQ is impressively hushed.
It looks great with a style all its own. Toyota has done an excellent job of making the most of the iQ, despite its diminutive dimensions. The wheels are pushed out to all four corners and the car’s detailing is strong and classy.
It is only when price is considered does the iQ starts to suffer in comparison to its rivals, but as a cut-price supermini it starts to make sense.
For those who want their cars to have a minimum effect on the environment the iQ presses all the right buttons as it is one of the greenest ways to travel.

Security and Safety

The Toyota iQ deters the criminal element with deadlocks and an integrated stereo that makes life difficult for thieves.
The car is loaded with safety kit by Toyota and boasts stability control and nine airbags as standard – including one that inflates across the rear screen in the event of a rear-end crash.

The Finishing Touches

The Toyota iQ is available in two trims, with alloy wheels, air-conditioning and a six-speaker stereo with an auxiliary socket for your MP3 player fitted to entry-level models. Upgrading to the iQ2 specification adds front fog lamps, automatic lights and wipers, climate control and keyless entry.
The stereo system puts in an excellent performance, helped out by the iQ’s impressively well noise insulated cabin. Satnav is an option on the more expensive ‘2’ trim.

Toyota iQ Car Review Summary

Compared to its rivals the Toyota iQ looks expensive, but in fairness it is a cut above all of its mainstream competitors. It looks funky, modern and stylish and offers the ability to squeeze into tight parking spots essential for urban motoring these days.
The Toyota iQ also offers the comfort and refinement of a bigger car, is well equipped and cheap to run. Carbon dioxide emissions are low but one obvious drawback is the need to choose between rear passengers and boot space – you can’t really have both.
The 1.0-litre petrol engine produces 67bhp which is adequate for a car of these dimensions and indeed the iQ feels sprightly at town pace and can hold its own when cruising on faster roads. Buyers can choose between a five-speed manual gearbox and a CVT auto.