Toyota iQ (2008 – 2014) At A Glance
I-Cute doesn't quite ring true. Pretty, it isn't. This is a little car for the head, not the heart. A Fiat 500 is cute. A Hyundai i10 1.2 is a brilliant suburban buy. A Toyota iQ is probably the most sensible, practical city car on the planet.
In a length of less than 10 feet, it packs in five star NCAP crash safety, four adult size seats and a turning circle of just 3.9 metres.
Now ten feet is one foot longer than a Smart ForTwo, but the iQ is For Four, occasionally, when it needs to be, and two or three plus their clobber when it doesn't.
Toyota very wisely held the launch in Milan, which is infested with cars parked haphazardly anywhere the owners can squeeze them in. Unsurprisingly, a lot of these cars are Smart ForTwos that command a practical kind of urban chic. And there are growing numbers of Fiat 500s that are actually less practical and more expensive then the Pandas they are based on, but are bought on looks and looks alone.
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Ask Honest John
What small car for £5000 do you recommend?
"I want to replace my old 2003 Smart as a runaround. I need two doors, preferably four seats which when not used gives me a good space for a load. An automatic would be good if possible. The car needs to be small as parking is restricted but slightly bigger than the Smart. I have up to £5000 to spend. What would you recommend?"
If it were a manual, we'd be looking for a Skoda Citigo/SEAT Mii/Volkswagen Up. They have compact dimensions but are surprisingly practical with the rear seats dropped. However, the ASG automated manual gearbox isn't the best, unfortunately. Instead look at a Toyota IQ which could be an interesting alternative.
What is the best product to to re-inflate a punctured tyre?
"Yesterday my wife's Toyota iQ got a puncture, fortunately I was in the car with her. The car has no spare wheel so I tried to use the Toyota-supplied mini compressor which injects a sealant into the tyre as it is inflating it. It didn't work. A rescue service took us to a tyre specialist where I bought a new tyre and the fitter told me that Holts Tyreweld is a much more effective way to try and re-inflate a punctured tyre. Not only that, but the tyre is not ruined by the injected foam. Do you have any view on the best 'rescue' product to use in such circumstances? "
Yes. The AA. Don't ever squirt anything into a tyre expecting it to seal a puncture. In 99 per cent of cases it doesn't work. Best to join the AA that now carries universal emergency wheels to get you to a tyre depot.
Should I buy the IQ 1.0 or the 1.3?
"I've decided to replace the Yaris I bought (at your recommendation) way back in 2002 with a new IQ.
I've decided on a manual tramsmission but although both are VED free and with good economy, cannot decide between the 1.0 and the 1.3 version?"
The 1.0 is fine. We drove it in cities, on country roads and on the motorway at 107mph: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/toyota/toyota-iq-2008-road-test//
Toyota IQ - lack of spare wheel?
"I'm interested in a Toyota IQ. There is no spare wheel as standard. The tyre sealant supplied does not appeal. Would you recommend buying a spare [steel] wheel/tyre, please? Are there any insurance implications? "
Nowhere to put a spare in an IQ.