Added: 24th of March 2021
I've got the 2009 model 999ccm with 45000 miles. It vibrates between 1500-2000 RPM, I tried changing to higher octane however no change. It hates cold weather. It had it's major mid life service.(All belts changed, plugs, radiator and brakes fluid changed) the problem wasn't picked up even though the garage picked and dropped off the car. Through research its a common problem " One of its Character traits".
Added: 24th of January 2021
I’ve had my current car a few years now. Last year a deer ran out and hit the front left. The car didn’t veer off or do anything dangerous. The damage was to the left bumper and lights. There was no intrusion into the engine bay and no airbag deployment. The damage for hitting a deer at 60 was minimal. I have no doubt the snub nose and short bonnet pushed the deer away as it made contact. My Iq is repaired and I feel safer now knowing at 60mph, the equivalent tonnage of contact with a deer is est at five tons.- not only did my car suffer minimal damage, I was completely safe. Bigger cars have fared worse in deer collisions. This is my second iq, my first was in 2009. Theyre lovely to drive, and I get so much happiness from driving this wee toot, it just handles country roads and dual carriageways with the same enthusiasm of a dog chasing a stick. My previous was an iq1 manual, this one is a 2 auto. The auto just enhances the drive in terms of comfort and relaxation. No faff, start and go. Make sure you change the auto fluids at regular intervals to keep the cvt from slipping. This is a massively under appreciated car, yet one of the most reliable on the road. A car should make you smile, be fun to drive and be reliable. The Iq manages all this and more- it has a personality to match its revvy, thrummy engine-it may not be the fastest,or the smallest car out there but it’s a solid sturdy safe beast.
Added: 27th of December 2019
I have a 2014 iQ2 with only 22,000 miles on it but this is my third iQ and I think they are great. Lots of room in the front and very comfortable with a lot of big car extras not normally found on city cars. it can be a bit noisy on a motorway BUT it holds its own with the traffic at 70+ mph, and still has oomph to get out of the way. Mine is an automatic (lovely and smooth and it seems to change gear even though it is a CVT) and so I pay £20 a year in tax! Cheap to insure (I have 34 years Institute of Advanced Motorist membership which helps) cheap to run on the lowest grade fuel. Mine has a full screen sat nav and I have a added a glove bag (£93!!!) as there is no glove box, and a digital radio conversion. There is a storage box under the rear seats. I keep the rear seats down all the time for my two dogs but the rear seats are a bit cramped anyway. Its just a 3 and a half seater really. Nippy engine, great economy, cheap to run, cheap to service at Fish Brothers Toyota in Swindon. Mine is badged all round as a Scion (Toyota North America/Canada) so I have the only Scion iQ2 in the UK. I will never sell it as they aren't made anymore and 2014 was the last year of the Japanese made cars in the UK.
Added: 12th of October 2016
I've driven this car from new, which is 7 years' worth of experience. It's been extremely reliable and very economical, averaging 64 mpg over that time. It's comfortable and quite nippy. Although I've never driven it on a really long trip (several hundred miles), I'd be happy to do so; I don't get the impression that it would be particularly tiring. As a town car though, it's ideal. The short wheelbase makes it very easy to park and it can get into spaces that most other cars would pass up.
Added: 20th of June 2015
I have never known such a small car to have so much space up front. I have tried almost all new cars and find driver space cramped with centre consoles and armrests taking valuable space in cabin. Not so the iq. Nippy little 3 cylinder engine but not quite the mpg I expected which in other cars return at least 60mpg. I was lucky if I got 55mpg in the iq. I wouldn't recommend 4 people. It's a 2 seater with loads of luggage space when rear seats kept folded. In town it's a doddle. Over distances prepare to see chiropractor.
Added: 17th of November 2013
Originally not my first choice but this is now my 3rd IQ. Wonderfully reliable-superb residual value-fabulous fuel economy figures. Slightly choppy ride but I would expect this on a small wheelbase. Poorish rear vision. Rating from me 95%
Added: 16th of November 2013
A small, economical car that is fun to drive. Being a small engine it isn't the fastest car in the world but it copes well with good use of gears and happily travels at 80mph on the motorway- not that I ever break the speed limit!!! It is bigger inside than it looks and is more solid than the Smart car. The IQ is an ideal second car - although it has 4 seats the one behind the driver is only suitable for a child as there is no leg room and the other back seat would not be comfortable for a long journey. Both front seats are spacious with plenty of leg room. I use the back as a boot and it easily accommodates my weekly shop. I would replace it with another one.
Added: 13th of October 2013
The Toyota iQ is a great car for driving around town and be able to park really easily. I can even take my partner shopping and get in a good weekly shop when the seats are down. However, if you want to take 3 passengers and luggage, everything would become a sqeeze. However, I don't think anyone would buy this car for practicality, it really excels at being green and full of gadgets. It's easy to park with a turning circle of just 3.9m. The tax is free on the normal 1.0l model and on the 1.33 it's just £35 a year. It's cheap to run being in a low insurance group and cheap to fill up too! The car is very cleverly designed with an asymmetrical dashboard, meaning the passenger seats gets a bit more leg room so you can fit someone in comfortably in behind the passenger. The seat behind the driver is a bit more of a squeeze, and I'm never happy to have anyone in there for more than a 5 minute drive, mostly because my driving position is so compromised. The car is ideal for my commute to work, and for our weekly shop on the weekend. It even handles motorways well and I never think twice about driving onto one. I drive the 1.33 model and it is nippy, it's obviously not the fastest car on the road, but it's certainly not the slowest with 100HP shoved into a car so small. It comes with tons of gadgets as standard as well, keyless entry, rain sensing wipers, electric mirrors, auto-dim rear view mirror. I've also got the optional extra bluetooth installed in mine, but thats not a standard feature. I'd recommend the car for young couples or possibly a second car in the family.
Added: 11th of October 2013
She seems much bigger on the inside than she looks from the outside...The only complaint I have is the road noise...she needs more insulation between the floor & the road.
Added: 11th of October 2013
The IQ is an ideal car for suburban travel with the occasional trunk/motorway journey. It is very easy to drive with an excellent turning circle - important when in tight spaces. The storage space is good for a car of its size.
Added: 11th of October 2013
Everyone should try a little IQ! Fun to drive, loads of room, very safe and economical.
Added: 11th of October 2013
I love this little car, so useful on short journeys and around town. It's economical on petrol, comfortable (I have long legs but there's plenty of room), plenty of boot space too, if the two back seats are kept down. I was surprised just how much I got into the car when going on holiday in it. Although the car is short (just a bit longer than a smart car) it is as wide as a much bigger car so feels roomy inside. It has a very distinctive shape (which I like), drives well (mostly - more of that later) and has a very tight turning circle. At present there is no road tax to pay which is a big plus for me. With such a small engine, hills are a challenge. Some hills have to be taken in first gear; in these conditions, there is sometimes growling from the engine and much vibration which doesn't make for a smooth drive. It's also a bit weird on the motorway, faced with a long slow hill, to have to change gear when doing 70mph. Otherwise it's get into the inside lane and crawl along. So, if this is your only car and you need to do long journeys, there is plenty of gear changing to keep you awake. The windscreen is rather narrow from top to bottom, and the back windscreen wiper doesn't have an intermittent wipe. But the biggest put-off (apart from performance on hills) is the centre console. It looks funky, a bit like a mini jukebox; but it is shiny, and if driving into the sunshine produces a vicious glare at many points, most of which reflect in the windscreen to produce a horribly dazzling array of bright lights. It needs to be covered with something which won't slide off (if you're able to stitch thin leather to fit over it, that would work very well). Sunglasses might work but I don't like wearing them while driving. I treat the iQ as a 2 seater car even though it has 4 seats. There wouldn't be a lot of leg room in the back - especially as I have the driving seat pushed back as far as possible. In general though, for the price, running costs, and using it for mostly short journeys, this babe is a great little car and I enjoy driving it.