Toyota iQ: 8,186 Miles Dalton-in-Furness

Our city slicker has beaten a retreat to the country! While Toyota’s tiny tearaway has shown it’s more than capable of coping with the occasional trip outside of its familiar urban surroundings, how would the iQ manage when the city element was taken out of the equation altogether? Read on and find more details about this car in Dalton-in-Furness.

Batemans
01539 534 000
Station Square
Grange-over-Sands
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:30 - 18:00
Saturday:09:00 - 17:00
Sunday:12:00 - 16:00

B & M Motors
01494 729411
59-61 The Broadway
Amersham
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:
Saturday:
Sunday:

Fish Brothers
01793 421 555
Penzance Drive,Churchward Park
Swindon
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:09:00 - 18:00
Saturday:09:00 - 17:00
Sunday:11:00 - 16:00

Jemca (Edgware Road)
08444 702862
The Hyde,Edgware Road
London
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:09:00 - 19:00
Saturday:09:00 - 17:00
Sunday:10:00 - 16:00

Platinum Trowbridge
01225 759550
Platinum Motor Park,North Bradley
Trowbridge
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08.30 - 18.00
Saturday:08:30 - 17:00
Sunday:10.30 - 16.30

Westlands Hereford
01432 379085
Ross Road,Portway Callow
Hereford
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:00 - 18:00
Saturday:08:30 - 17:00
Sunday:10.00 - 16:00

Toyota World (Tamworth)
01827 768411
Ventura Park Road
Tamworth
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:30 - 19:00
Saturday:08:30 - 17:00
Sunday:10:00 - 16:00

Colchester Toyota
01206 546455
79 Gosbecks Road
Colchester
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:30 - 18:00
Saturday:08:30 - 18:00
Sunday:10:00 - 16:00

Scunthorpe John Roe
08451 226434
Grange Lane North
Scunthorpe
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:30 - 18:00
Saturday:09:00 - 17:00
Sunday:11:00 - 16:00

Vantage Toyota Preston
01772 905000
Riversway Motor Park,Ashton on Ribble
Preston
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:45 - 19:00
Saturday:08:45 - 17:00
Sunday:10:45 - 17:00

Toyota iQ: 8,186 Miles

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Our city slicker has beaten a retreat to the country! While Toyota’s tiny tearaway has shown it’s more than capable of coping with the occasional trip outside of its familiar urban surroundings, how would the iQ manage when the city element was taken out of the equation altogether?

I made it my mission to find out this summer, as the iQ spent six weeks in deepest Essex, exploring the twistiest and bumpiest back roads I could find. Add in this country’s typically unpredictable weather, and this would be a stern test of the iQ’s abilities.

As it turns out, the Toyota performed admirably. Compact dimensions mean it’s easy to place on the road, and the tall driving position gives a great view of what lies ahead. The three-cylinder engine is low on power, but it loves to be revved and it proved easy to maintain momentum on faster A and B roads.

There are one or two flaws, though. One particular bugbear of the iQ are the skinny Bridgestone tyres. They offer just enough grip on dry tarmac, but as soon as the road is wet, it doesn’t take much for the nose to run wide in corners.
However, the iQ’s relative lack of power means you’re unlikely to be travelling that quickly, while the light steering, pedals and standard-fit stability control keep everything in check.

Tall, narrow dimensions and soft suspension mean there’s plenty of body roll, while the car is easily unsettled on bumpy roads thanks to its short wheelbase. But as we’ve mentioned before, the iQ’s motorway cruising ability is superb, particularly considering it’s such a small machine.

However, we have noticed that the iQ’s exhaust makes much more noise than it used to – it’s almost as if it has a hole in it. We asked Toyota about this, but it said everything is fine, and that it’s simply the nature of the car’s system.

The country life has made an impact on fuel economy. We’ve been averaging 45mpg in stop-start urban driving, but away from the traffic lights and pedestrian crossings, the iQ has been much more efficient.

The average fuel consumption on the trip computer resets each time you fill up, so it’s easy to keep an eye on how you’re doing on your current tankful. The trip hit 56mpg in the country, while our calculations back this up with an average of 50.7mpg.

That’s good going, but still well short of Toyota’s claimed figure of 65.7mpg. Even so, you’ll manage around 350 miles between fills, despite the iQ’s tiny 35-litre tank.

Overall, though, the car has continued to impress, and delivers the goods as a practical two-seater. I’ve become accustomed to the fact that the rear chairs are really only for occasional use, so most of the time they’re folded flat to make the most of the 242-litre boot. Up front, the cabin is spacious, while the dashboard design is distinctive, although the plastics are on the hard side and show up scratches rather easily.

The radio has proven a frustration, because it’s operated via a four-way joystick and button on the steering wheel. That means only the driver has control, while you have to refer to the car’s user manual to change radio station presets. There is an auxiliary socket for MP3 players, though, and sound quality from the six-speaker system is good.

We reported last time that we treated the iQ’s exterior to a hi-tech coating designed to resist dirt and make cleaning easier. Well, it’s worked!

Rain beads so easily off the windscreen when driving that the wipers are hardly ever needed, while the pearlescent white paint is back to its best just by rinsing with water. This cutting-edge treatment is about as complex as life has got  with the iQ! As you would come to expect from a Toyota, it has run like clockwork from the day it arrived, and the only reason we’ve had to open the bonnet is to top up the screenwash reservoir.

The iQ has now returned to familiar city territory for the rest of its time with us. But its stint in the country has confirmed that this is one city car with a huge depth of talent, no matter where you take it.

Author: Dean Gibson

Toyota iQ: 8,186 miles