The single stereo control on the steering wheel is unecessarily fiddly, but it means the centre console is simple and it frees up extra space for the driver. However, comfort would be improved if the seat was height adjustable and the wheel moved for reach as well as rake. Rear visibility isn't great, either. The heater is controlled via chunky buttons and dials.
Toyota IQ Hatchback space & practicality
The iQ is just a handspan longer than a Smart Fortwo, yet it can seat four people. Well, sort of. The dashboard is pulled towards the base of the windscreen on the passenger’s side, which allows the front passenger to sit farther forward and leaves enough space for an adult to fit behind. However, even the smallest children will struggle to squeeze behind an average-sized driver. Boot space is virtually non-existent with all the seats in place.
Toyota IQ Hatchback equipment
The entry-level model – the iQ 1.0 – gets alloy wheels, air-conditioning and a six-speaker stereo with an MP3 player input. Upgrading to iQ2 spec (still with the 1.0 engine) adds front foglamps, automatic lights and wipers, climate control and keyless entry, while the 1.33-litre model (whch has its own unique iQ3 trim) gets 16-inch alloys, a six-speed gearbox, chromed door mirrors and a fuel-saving stop-start system.