The two really cleverly packaged small cars of recent years the Mercedes Benz A class and the smart both performance a weird visual trick after you have parked them and climbed out. Having spent sometime in the cabin and become used to its airiness , you look back at the car’s interior and cant believe how tiny it is, and how much unused maneuvering space you had around you in the parking bay. The effect don’t wear off, I owned a smart for a couple of years and still did the double take on a weekly basis. But the effect is stronger in the Toyota iQ than in the other two. Like the A class it has two rows of seats, but like the smart it is less than three meters long and the styling gives no clue that there are decent sized rear seats in there. Climb out of the back of an iQ, look back at it and you will swear you steeped out of something different. The iQ has been greeted with a little cynicism. Toyota bills it as a radical, innovative city car, but it comes only with conventional petrol and diesel engine and at a premium price.
Toyota is keen to stress that the iQ is more a showcase for its new small car strategy than the a model in its own right, and it was the inevitable, almost unintentional result of six design and engineering idea that will appear in other future Toyota, making them smaller and lighter and more economical. It sounds like an excuse to relieve enthusiastic early adopters of more money for less car, but a sit back seats was enough to scupper my skepticism.