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Overall reader verdict 2 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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Toyota iQ (09-) Hatchback
4 reader reviews for Toyota iQ Hatchback.
  • 1.33 3 3dr

    bob french , n e lincolnshire . Date: 26/03/2014
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Further to my last review of our 1.33 Auto iQ., which is now 1 year old, I can only conclude Toyota have really got things wrong on this occasion. I have taken to driving the car in manual purely to get more economical driving, although this does rather defeat the object of having an automatic gearbox. My suspicions have been confirmed that in 'auto' mode this car revs far too high in the lower gears before changing up, which also begs the question, why does a car of this size need SEVEN gears? By driving in manual I can achieve nearly ten more miles to the gallon, up to 46.8, which is still a far far cry from the boasts of Toyota for this car. Very disappointed and will change as soon as we sensibly can, I wish we had kept our 1.0 GS Yaris, which was 13 years old and achieved up to 67mpg. Toyota need to be asking serious questions of their design team for this gearbox, the car really lets them down and it's not as if it was a cheap car either.

  • 1.0 VVT-i 2 3dr

    Don Gatewood , . Date: 22/02/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      52

    My car

    My 3 cylinder car with the CVT is returning low 50's mpg which I consider adequate. Its quiet,high geared and capable of an easy cruise of seventy or eighty mph. At these speeds it has a planted stabile feel and doesn't seem affected by cross winds or large trucks. Ride can be choppy on poor surfaces but that is to be expected considering the short wheel base. High gloss embellishments on the dash reflect sunlight into the drivers eyes but then I have experienced this on cars costing three times the IQ price. Manoeuvrability is tops with a turning radius like no other. Equipment levels are high with smart entry/start system, auto wipers/lights, climate control and even an auto dipping interior mirror among many others. Its an amazing package only eight inches longer than a Smart but with more versatility, I know as I own both cars. The IQ is a unique experience for it seems much larger than it is mainly due to the width and over generous leg room for two. Adding a third adult is a compromise in room for the third passenger but the front seat still has reasonable space so that passenger plus the driver is unaffected. No road tax, low insurance, economical, easy to park, small footprint minimalist city car yet capable of cross country trips what more can one say but in this case "less is more".

  • 1.33 VVT-i 3 3dr

    bob french , n e lincolnshire . Date: 01/12/2013
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    We bought this car, as we have driven Toyotas for years and my wife wanted something small and economical to ferry her mother around town. After owning for some six or seven months I am quite disappointed. Prior to this car we had a 13 year old Yaris (1.0 GS) that we had been highly satisfied with, up to 66mpg. We wrongly thought, buying a new iQ, the economy would be even better with a smaller and newer car. How wrong we were, we struggle to get more than 33-34 mpg out of our automatic version. Consulting Toyota hasn't really helped, we have actually been told this is typical of the automatics. We recently had a puncture, which was repaired temporarily (still leaking) and we had to wait FIVE DAYS for a new tyre. When questioned, Toyota said they were an 'odd size tyre and hard to get hold of'. I wish this had been on the brochure too. The carpets inside are held in place by four very flimsy plastic clips, which, if you catch them wrongly break very easily. Two of ours are broken already. When we asked Toyota to supply two replacements we are told we have to buy a full set of mats! Absolutely ridiculous, we have been promised a new set of mats as a 'goodwill gesture', this was around six weeks ago - we have heard nothing.

    All good things come to an end, I have over the years been a staunch ambassador for Toyota but now I fear they are going the same way as others.

  • 1.0 VVT-i 3dr

    Robert Knight , Kent . Date: 20/02/2013
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      44

    My car

    Sold on the quirkyness of this car, the equipment level and the quality feel compared to other much cheaper city cars. But after driving it for a while the small size does start to get on your nerves a bit. You find yourself looking for bumps and holes in the road to avoid them. Parking however is great, and it really turns heads. Out on the motorway it feels underpowered and frankly a bit scary when you reelise how little metal there is around you at 70mph. Surprisingly practical for everyday city use with back seats folded down. Room for shopping and a passenger. Fun for young people squeezing four in, but not really a prospect for me. Quite like being a passenger with my wife driving as left seat has huge amount of space. Dangerously poor visibility to the left flank through tiny window - easy to miss a car at an oblique junction. Overall it's abit of a cult car; most people would probably do better to buy something more boring.

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