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Toyota iQ2 5MT - Safety & Security

By Riyad Emeran

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Summary

Amazingly for such a tiny car, Toyota has designed the iQ to achieve a full five star Euro NCAP rating for occupant safety. With this in mind, the company has somehow managed to squeeze no less than nine airbags into the cabin, including a rear curtain airbag, which takes into account the rear passengers' proximity to the back end of the vehicle.

If you have a young family you'll also be pleased to note that there are Isofix anchoring points in place on both the rear seats. What's surprising is that it's not that difficult to get a child in and out of the rear either. As always, I tested this with my three year old daughter, and found that I had no problem getting her strapped in, while she was in no way cramped in the rear.

The iQ also comes with a keyless entry system that's so beautifully integrated that I didn't even realise it had it at first. Usually the keyless entry give away is a button on the door handle, so you can lock the car without having to take the key fob out of your pocket. The iQ has no such button, but what it does have is a touch sensitive area on the top of the handle, marked out by two small ridges. Touching these ridges will lock the car, while simply pulling the handle will unlock it - assuming you have the key with you of course.

Once inside the car, there's a nice big Engine Start / Stop button located next to the controls for the electrically adjustable wing mirrors. Oh and those mirrors will also electronically fold inward at the touch of a button, just in case you're parking on a very narrow street.

While on the subject of mirrors, the iQ also has an automatically dimming rear view mirror, so you won't get blinded by some idiot coming up behind you with his full beams on. You also don't need to remember to turn your lights on when it gets dark, they're automatic too, as are the wipers - once again, the iQ sports big car features without the big price.

You can also specify rear parking sensors for an extra cost, but anyone who can't park a car the size of the iQ without parking sensors simply shouldn't have a driving licence.

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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