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Toyota iQ2 5MT - Communication

By Riyad Emeran

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Summary

The ever impressive infotainment system in the iQ also comes equipped with Bluetooth hands free. Unlike the Porsche Cayman we looked at recently, the iQ had no problem connecting to pretty much any phone, using a standard Bluetooth hands free profile. Within a matter of seconds I had my iPhone 3G registered and paired with the system.

If you're in the habit of sharing your car with others, you'll be glad to know that up to six handsets can be paired with the iQ, which should be more than enough, unless your family is the Brady Bunch.

When in phone mode, both the current battery life and signal strength for your handset will be displayed, thus making it easy to tell if you have a strong enough signal to make a call before dialling. Again, unlike the system in the Porsche Cayman, you can answer a call by simply tapping a large button on the touch-screen, rather than having to look for a hardware button.

It's not all a bed of roses on the communication side though. First up, although the iQ paired with my iPhone without issue, it wouldn't import my contacts, leaving me to manually enter any numbers that I might want to call from the car. Considering that hands free systems like the one seen in the Audi A8 will automatically import your entire contact list upon pairing, this omission is slightly disappointing.

The difficult nature of getting your contacts list onto the system is compounded by the fact that there is no voice control. So, even when you've manually entered all the names and numbers that you need, you still have to tap through menus on the screen to dial one of them.

But the biggest letdown when it comes to communication is the actual call quality. Now, when you're sitting in the car you'd be forgiven for thinking that the call quality is superb - everything that the person on the other end of the line says comes through the sound system load and clear. However, the person that you're talking to ends up hearing something resembling a Dalek. In fact Andy was so adamant about the poor quality that I let him sit in the car, while I called him from the office - he wasn't exaggerating!

It's a very odd state of affairs, because I've encountered poor call quality using hands free systems before, but it usually means that you sound distant, or that there's too much background noise. In this case it's as if the sound is being processed (badly) somewhere along the way.

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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