What is it?
This is the Toyota iQ 2, the plushest version of Toyota’s take on the Smart ForTwo. Except that that the Toyota iQ is front-wheel drive, front-engined and has two (albeit occasional) rear seats.
This is our first chance to sample a right-hand drive version of the Toyota iQ on UK roads.
What’s it like?
Not bad at all. The ride is fine for starters. The Toyota iQ 2 is restless on some surfaces and a tad jumpy across speed ramps, but that’s inevitable with a car this short. I’d also anticipated some high-speed wobbles, but the iQ 2 is more stable than I’d expected.
If (curiously) you didn’t know the iQ 2 ended within touching distance behind you, you wouldn’t be able to tell from the driving refinement alone.
The Toyota iQ 2 is also decent for covering longish distances. The driving environment is spacious, the cabin wide and noise levels unintrusive.
The iQ is curiously long-geared, though, perhaps to help it hit CO2 emissions of 99g/km. Second gear is good for the best part of 70mph. On roundabout approaches where you’d leave most city cars or superminis in second, you sometimes find yourself dropping the iQ down to first.