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.