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Despite the fact that the iQ is pretty much the antithesis of everything I look for when I'm buying a car, I can't help but love it. Toyota has made something bordering magical with the iQ and I sincerely hope that it does a roaring trade. Yes the cynics will bleat about how the Smart car was the pioneer, but it was strictly a two seater, and was in no way as pleasant to be in as the iQ.

And when it comes to technology, Toyota really has squeezed a ludicrous amount into the iQ, including one of the best factory fitted navigation systems I've come across. OK, so the slightly disappointing hands free and lack of voice control take some of the shine off, but you've still got keyless entry and go, auto lights, wipers and dimming mirrors, USB streaming, iPod connectivity, A2DP Bluetooth streaming, electrically folding mirrors etc. The list of gadgets and gizmos puts far more expensive cars to shame.

The whole design of the iQ is so cohesive, so well put together, so, just right, that I found myself smiling each time I got behind the wheel. My daughter absolutely loved the iQ, but she very pragmatically informed me that "the baby car had to go home to its mummy" when my Liquid Yellow Clio appeared back on the drive. She wasn't happy about it, but she clearly understood the iQ's motive for leaving.

Ultimately, if you're looking for something affordable, with great fuel economy and nonexistent road tax, the iQ should be on your list. But if you're looking for something that ticks all those boxes, while still offering you a plethora of toys and features to play with, the iQ is the list.

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