Launched within just a year after it was first presented as a concept car, the Toyota iQ is smart fortwo's first and only real competitor so far. Even its name is a play of words with the intention of poking a little fun at the petite fortwo. Although Toyota's marketing says that the name "iQ" doesn't come from "intelligence quotient", as you might have guessed, it still sounds like a tongue-in-cheek reference.
Since the smart fortwo already had a well-established fan and customer base, the iQ had to bring some new features to the table, which it apparently did. It's longer, it's a bit better-built, it offers "more than two seats", it has both manual and automatic transmissions available, the list of standard features is phenomenal for a car its size and the safety features present in standard are clearly ahead of almost any competition, at any price.
Speaking of which, the Toyota iQ doesn't come cheap, with prices in Europe starting from around 13,000 Euros and reaching up to 17,400 Euros for a fully-loaded model. There are plenty of cars offering better space and comfort for those amounts of money, so there has to be a catch, right? Well, it is and it isn't.
Some say that the iQ didn't exactly work out overall, while other say that it beats the smart fortwo hands downs. We're also having two sides of the story here at autoevolution, and since we also drove its direct competitor, you should read on to find out what we think about the black iQ 1.0 MultiDrive we tested.Continue reading