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Toyota iQ (2008–2014)

Last updated 30 January 2017

Triumph of 4-seater packaging that still earned 5 NCAP stars. 99g/km so VED free. Better to drive than a Smart or a Fiat 500.
Quite wide for a city car. Not cheap. CVT auto over 100g/km.
Updated 30 January 2017

Report of loose rattling sound from 2009 Toyota iQ 1.0 Multidrive. Noticed when the car was started and driven away from cold. Seemed to reduce when the car was warmed up, but not completely disappear....

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Introduction

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.

Toyota iQ Road Test and Video 

Owners' reviews

5
Small, surprising practical, sad its out of production.
4
Great town car - a little go kart - looks are 'marmite'
1
Short wide car with great turning circle. Do not expect high mpg in real life driving. Some 2009 models have paint issues
5
superb small 2nd car
4
Nippy but vibrates more than a magic wand!
5
Perfect 2nd car
 

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