I've been confronting myself with a delicate problem for some time now. Vacuum cleaners. They break in an alarming rate. I've tried multiple brands, models, every one of them was more powerful or more innovative... Anyway, after years of searching I finally found something to satisfy me. It no longer broke after a couple of laps through the living room and it sucks everything in its path.
It's a Singer. I know, you probably have another favorite brand but for me the Singer is perfect. Even more, it has a remote on the top and with it you can tune its rpm digitally. It's actually very pleasing to see how the motor noise is enhanced in stages and uninterrupted by anything. Whatever happens to be in my Singer's path gets sucked in while the motor's rpm remains constant. A constant rumble which cannot be stopped by anything. Now that's a sensation of power.
Now, imagine that the Toyota iQ is actually a giant vacuum cleaner, be it Singer or not, which makes a constant rumble once you press the accelerator pedal. The difference is that the Singer sucks anything in its path, while the iQ will probably scare off any potential mate with blonde hair which takes a look at you trying to torture the little beast. (Singer versus iQ 1-0)
Because guys, that's the exact feeling. The Toyota iQ MultiDrive actually cries when you press the go-fast pedal. By implementing a CVT, Toyota has managed to transform any engine from its lineup, be it Toyota or Lexus, into a cry-baby whenever the acceleration is smashed to the floor. The noise is horrifying, the feeling of lameness is frustrating and you finally begin to understand why those great little fuel economy figures have a price.
While the smart has a horrendous robotized manual gearbox, Toyota iQ's CVT is not much better either. You constantly have the feeling that the car will probably catapult itself any second, but unfortunately all it can do is to slowly move through the mass of air like through an elastic net. Its trajectory is worthy of a Volvo driver on its third bypass.
Oh, and those four seats are only a stupid marketing trick. Let's get real now, two grownups in a highly crowded city can probably use less fuel by driving an iQ (although it's not exactly a fuel sipper), may park it more easily (if they don't scrape its floor on the curb because of its tiny ground clearance) but there's no way they'll ever need to carry two more persons in the rear. If that should ever happen, they wouldn't even have anywhere to put the usual bags, laptops and/or papers.
The iQ is a great car for TWO dynamic urban professionals. That's it. It's also a safe car. No doubt about that. It's filled with airbags while the front seats are actually comfortable. My singer is more ergonomic and it has more gadgets though. My vacuum cleaner's display is more interesting, it's plastic body has better quality and the digital commands are clearly better than those on the iQ. (Singer versus iQ 2-0)
Plus, the Singer has an incredibly large compartment where you can store the multiple brushes, the power supply cord and you have easy access to the dust filters. The Toyota iQ has very few and small storage spaces inside and the access to the already tiny luggage compartment is bad.
We're not even going to talk about price. My vacuum cleaner has a fair and honest price, while the iQ costs way too much for what it can offer. A car going for 13 to 17 thousand Euros (without certain optional accessories) is too expensive, especially since it offers only two seats and medium quality. (Singer vs IQ 3-0)
Come to think about it, a smart fortwo Brabus versus an iQ for the same price... I dunno guys. In the end, I can't give any conclusion without recommending you a test drive with the iQ. I'm convinced many of you will find it to be the perfect city car. I know, it can't be compared to my Singer, but on the other hand, I don't think the smart would have passed the audition either...