After the concept car unveiled to the public in 2009, the Scion iQ went on sale in the spring of 2011.
The micro subcompact vehicle was a good rival to the Mini Cooper and the Smart Fortwo, having about the same width as the Mini, but taller.
Although considered a 3+1 seater, adults in the rear seats would not have that much space. Otherwise, space wise, both legroom and headroom were a great size in the front, even if the vehicle looked tiny from the outside.
Inside the cabin, the iQ offered an unexpected interior design, with good quality materials.
The 1.3-liter 4-cylinder engine was mated with a CVT transmission and offered a great fuel consumption. The engine developed 90 hp and was more powerful than the one mounted on the Smart Fortwo.
Compared to the Mini Cooper, the iQ was available from a starting price of under $16,000.
Practicality wise, the small car was easy to handle and park around town, however, the load area was almost non-existent. More than 2 adults and luggages was not something to achieve, as the cargo area could be extended by folding the rear seats.
The iQ came with a standard 6-speaker audio system, 10 airbags, steering-wheel mounted controls and lots of safety systems such as electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes and traction control.
ENGINE SPECS - 1.3 CVT (98 HP)
|Power:||72 KW @ 6000 RPM|
98 HP @ 6000 RPM
97 BHP @ 6000 RPM
|Torque:||91 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM|
123 Nm @ 4400 RPM
|Fuel System:||Multipoint Injection|
|Top Speed:||106 mph (171 km/h)|
|Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):||11.6 s|
|Drive Type:||Front Wheel Drive|
|Gearbox:||Continuously variable automatic transmission|
|Tire Size:||175/60 R16|
|Length:||117.5 in (2985 mm)|
|Width:||66.1 in (1679 mm)|
|Height:||59.1 in (1501 mm)|
|Front/rear Track:||58.3/57.5 in (1,481/1,461 mm)|
|Wheelbase:||78.7 in (1999 mm)|
|Ground Clearance:||5.3 in (135 mm)|
|Cargo Volume:||3.5 cuFT (99 L)|
|Unladen Weight:||2216 lbs (1005 kg)|
|Gross Weight Limit:||2800 lbs (1270 kg)|
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
|City:||36 mpg US (6.5 L/100Km)|
|Highway:||37 mpg US (6.4 L/100Km)|
|Combined:||37 mpg US (6.4 L/100Km)|