Toyota has released UK pricing and specifications for the iQ, its response to the congestion-friendly smart fortwo. The funky iQ is on sale now, with deliveries starting in January.
The iQ is a two-door, four-seater that’s designed for minimum space and emissions requirements with maximum equipment and comfort. It will be available in two trim levels, iQ and iQ2, with prices starting at £9,495 for the base iQ with a 1.0 liter VVTi-equipped three-cylinder and a five-speed manual transmission. A continuously variable transmission is also available on the iQ2 which starts at £10,495. Toyota says the manual-equipped iQ offers 65.7mpg economy, and its CO2 emissions are just 99g/km.
Standard equipment includes 15-inch alloy wheels and air conditioning, power windows and heated side mirrors. The MP3-capable sound system includes an auxiliary jack, and the iQ even has a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Step up to the iQ2 and Toyota offers automatic climate control, fog lights, a pushbutton start and retractable side mirrors that make parking even easier. Three styling packages, called iStyle, iSports and iUrban, are available to give the iQ a bit more personality.
The tiny iQ addresses safety concerns with standard equipment such as nine airbags, ABS, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and traction control. An industry-first rear window airbag offers additional head protection to the rear-seat passengers.