There's no getting away from it, the iQ is extremely pricey for a city car. It’s well-equipped, though, and it'll hold its value well. Running costs are low, too: the 1.0-litre manual model averages around 66mpg and emits less than 100g/km of carbon dioxide, so road tax costs nothing. The manual 1.33-litre model does a creditable 59mpg and emits 113g/km (10% BIK tax).
Toyota IQ Hatchback quality & reliability
Some of the cabin plastics don’t measure up to the iQ’s premium aspirations – they’re hard to the touch and scuff too easily – but the dashboard design looks futuristic and everything feels like it’s built to last. Toyota has performed consistently well in the JD Power survey, and the iQ topped the city car class in the 2012 study. There's also the reassurance of a fine five-year warranty.
Toyota IQ Hatchback safety & security
The iQ scored five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests and it comes loaded with safety kit. You get stability control and nine airbags as standard, including one that inflates across the rear screen in the event of a rear-end shunt. Deadlocks and an integrated stereo make life difficult for thieves.