Toyota iQ2 5MT - Comfort

By Riyad Emeran

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Summary

Expectations of comfort generally have to be tempered with a small car, especially with one as small as this. But no matter how you look at it, it's nothing short of a miracle that Toyota has created a car this small that can seat four people - note that I said four people, not four adults. In reality the iQ isn't really a four-seater, it's more of a 3.5-seater. You see even though there's more than enough room behind the front passenger for an adult, anyone sitting behind the driver is going to have to be pretty small, even if the driver isn't that big in the first place.

However, I don't want you to see my view of the iQ being suitable for three adults and a child as a criticism, because it's not. Just the fact that it has four seats in it at all still boggles my mind. Although it's also worth noting that those four seats come at a price.

To put things bluntly, the iQ simply has no boot - unless you consider somewhere to store your mobile phone a boot. OK, so Hugo and I did manage to slip a few bags of KFC behind the back seats when using the iQ for a lunch run, but really, that's about as far as it goes. Of course you can fold the back seats down if you want more room, but you're still left with all your gear/shopping in plain view of anyone who looks through the window. And even if you fit the (very fiddly) tonneau cover, you can still see what's underneath it quite clearly. No, the iQ is a very small people carrier, not any kind of load lugger.

The test car came fitted with the optional leather seats, which were comfy enough when driving in a straight line. Unfortunately, the complete lack of side bolsters meant that I found myself sliding off the seat whenever I took a corner - although it's fair to say that I probably corner harder than the average iQ driver.

The stylish triangular centre console (it's supposed to look like a Manta Ray you know) houses another highlight - proper digital climate control. The base level iQ comes with manual air conditioning, but this iQ2 model features proper climate control with a digital temperature setting. It's another welcome feature, and another that I wouldn't have expected in a tiny car like this.

Lon Bailey

June 19, 2009, 7:50 pm

If it only comes in red!

WyWyWyWy

June 19, 2009, 8:25 pm

Is the £960 sat nav price IN ADDITION TO the touch-screen entertainment system, or is it an all-in-one price? And how much are they leather option and the digital climate control option? Thanks.

paranoyd

June 19, 2009, 8:26 pm

If only it came to Canada!


I could use one of these for short commutes to the grocery store on a rainy or snowy day.

Riyad

June 19, 2009, 8:47 pm

@WyWyWyWy - Yep the sat-nav price gives you the whole bundle, but you’ll have to pay extra if you want the iPod kit and the DAB radio.





The climate control is standard on the iQ2, which is £1,000 more expensive than the basic iQ. The iQ2 also gets the keyless entry/start, auto headlights, auto wipers, auto dimming mirror, electric folding mirrors, LED brake light and a few other little bits and pieces. Also, I don’t think that the sat-nav option is even available on the basic iQ.





Leather seats add an extra £690 to the cost, but I think I’d stick with the fabric ones, so I don’t slide off.





@Lon Bailey - It does come in red.

speedyuk

June 19, 2009, 8:51 pm

This is an ideal car to have a "vinyl wrap" job done to it to make it even more funky - have it in any colour you like then!

Tony Walker

June 19, 2009, 9:20 pm

I hope the LED brake lights aren't anywhere near as bright as the dwarf stars that Toyota has installed in the Prius. I swear I came home with a suntan after following an idiot who was riding his brakes.





The iQ has two big problems, one current and one coming. The current one is the FIAT 500 (which I own in diesel form). A wonderfully capable car. The future is another FIAT provisionally called the Topolino. This will be similar in size to the iQ and will utilize all FIAT's know-how in doing amazing things with small cars.





For North American readers, FIAT are moving forward with plans to sell the 500 (and probably Topolino) over there.

ilovethemonkeyhead

June 20, 2009, 3:36 am

am i the only one who considers this car to be pig ugly from the exterior?

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