Continuing our comparo with the smart fortwo in the comfort area, we can honestly say that the Toyota iQ is quite a bit better from this point of view. Don't expect any Roll Royce-like wafting on poor roads, but the little bugger's suspension certainly doesn't shy away from soaking in a decent number of potholes or speed bumps. We would almost compare the iQ's capacity to do this to that of the Golf we tested earlier. Cool stuff!
Even so, you shouldn't trust it with too much from this point of view, the iQ is still smaller that just about everything on the road, except the aforementioned smart car. Sure, there aren't any sea-sickness-inducing motions whenever you're accelerating from a dead stop or hitting the brakes, but that is only partly thanks to the suspension setup.
Another reason for this gentle behavior towards the passengers' kidneys is the Continuous Variable Transmission, of course, which maintains the car completely jerk-free during acceleration and/or gear changes.
The interior space seems just right for a maximum of two persons sitting in the front. Any higher than that number of passengers will automatically mean (much) less comfort for everyone involved. In other words, two's OK, three's definitely a crowd.
As far as the interior comfort features, there were plenty in our test car. The seats were as comfy as in any "regular" Toyota, while the overall ambiance was that of a pretty well-made compact car. Though highly expensive for a car its size, you can totally see where the money has been spent. The great fit and finish and nice "thump!" sound when you close the doors contribute to a very solid overall feeling, while features like keyless entry, light and rain sensors and the funky automatic climate control system are there to provide you with quite a well being sensation. Continue reading
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