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For The Toyota iQ looks funky, fits in tight parking spots and is nimble in town. It’s well equipped, cheap to run, and emissions are low, too.

Against You have to choose between rear passengers or boot space and it’s not cheap for its size. The interior plastics are rather dour and it struggles a bit on faster roads.

Toyota iQ Hatchback
33 5stars

The Toyota iQ is a great city car, but it’s compromised and rather pricey.

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2.25

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There are 3 Toyota iQ versions available

Hatchback 1.0 VVT-i 3dr £11,100
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 VVT-i 2 3dr £12,100
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.33 VVT-i 3 3dr £13,100
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The Toyota iQ is cleverly packaged, using all sorts of tricks to try to fit four people in a car that’s less than three metres long.

Buyers tempted by the car’s image can choose between 1.0- and 1.33-litre petrol engines, but we’d stick with the 1.0-litre because it’s reasonably sprightly and exempt from road tax.

Both of the trims available with the 1.0-litre engine feature bags of kit – and go some way to explaining the high asking price. In our view, the cheapest provides all the must-have items such as air-conditioning, nine airbags and stability control, although some of the switchgear on this model looks rather cheap.

The list of options on the iQ includes part-leather seats and satellite-navigation, but these aren’t available on the entry-level car. The sat-nav system seems particularly expensive at almost 10% of the mid-spec iQ’s cost, but could help with resale values for a car that’s likely to spend its life in clogged-up cities.

Reader test team says:

Toyota iQ Hatchback 1.33 3 3dr

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…

bob french

1 out of 5 stars

Toyota iQ Hatchback 1.0 VVT-i 2 3dr

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…

Don Gatewood

4 out of 5 stars

Toyota iQ Hatchback 1.33 VVT-i 3 3dr

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…

bob french

1 out of 5 stars

Toyota iQ Hatchback 1.0 VVT-i 3dr

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…

Robert Knight

3 out of 5 stars
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