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.