Toyota iQ Inverness

Here's now a small space in the road outside my house, but a big hole in my heart. After six months of faithful service, our Toyota iQ in Inverness has been taken away.

Corrie Motors
01463 226000
52 Harbour Road
Inverness
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:09:00 - 17:30
Saturday:09:00 - 17:00
Sunday:Closed

Struan
01738 620 565
Crieff Road
Perth
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:30 - 19:00
Saturday:09:00 - 18:00
Sunday:10:00 - 18:00

Arnold Clark (Glasgow)
0844 249 8201
Kirkintilloch Road
Bishopbriggs
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:00 - 20:00
Saturday:09:00 - 18:00
Sunday:11:00 - 18:00

Helensburgh Toyota
01436 672 779
5-7 John Street
Helensburgh
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:09:00 - 18:00
Saturday:09:00 - 17:00
Sunday:12:00 - 17:00

Jim's Garage
01595 695202
4 Gremista Industrial Estate
Lerwick
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:00 - 17:00
Saturday:09:00 - 13:00
Sunday:Closed

Shields Toyota
0845 683 0870
900 Kennishead Road
Glasgow
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:09:00 - 19:00
Saturday:09:00 - 18:00
Sunday:11:00 - 18:00

Arnold Clark (Ayr)
0844 249 8198
Wheatpark Place
Ayr
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:09:00 - 20:00
Saturday:09:00 - 18:00
Sunday:11:00 - 18:00

Border Toyota (St Boswells)
08456 182853
St Boswells Garage,St Boswells
Melrose
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:30 - 18:00
Saturday:08:30 - 17:00
Sunday:Closed

Shields Toyota (Hamilton)
01698 711600
Whistleberry Road
Hamilton
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:09:00 - 20:00
Saturday:09:00 - 18:00
Sunday:11:00 - 18:00

Arnold Clark (Kilmarnock)
0844 249 8204
Western Road
Kilmarnock
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:09:00 - 20:00
Saturday:09:00 - 18:00
Sunday:11:00 - 18:00

Toyota iQ

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Here's now a small space in the road outside my house, but a big hole in my heart. After six months of faithful service, our Toyota iQ has been taken away.

It’s fair to say that after half a year’s motoring, I’d become extremely attached to the tiny machine. As a road tester, I get to drive all sorts of weird and wonderful cars, but I always relished the opportunity to get back behind the wheel of the iQ.

While it is designed to take on the confines of the urban environment, the Toyota has an appetite for adventure that regularly saw it travelling much further afield. Whether it was a dash through town, a blast along a country road or a long motorway journey, the Toyota always excelled. But that’s not to say it wasn’t without fault.

The most glaring issue was the firm’s assertion that this is the world’s smallest four-seater. On a technicality this is correct, as a quick glance around the compact cabin will reveal four chairs complete with individual headrests. However, in reality, there was never more than enough space for three adults, as the seating position for even average height drivers left no room for legroom behind.

In fact, I found that the Toyota was at its best when used as a practical two-seater. By folding the rear bench flat, you liberate a useful 242 litres of carrying capacity. Unfortunately, the press-stud fabric luggage cover is fiddly to fit, although the darkened rear privacy glass does a reasonable job of cloaking any possessions left in the back.

Some colleagues complained about the lack of urge from the 67bhp three-cylinder 1.0-litre powerplant – a problem compounded by the long gear ratios. But I enjoyed making the most of the unit’s limited pace. And while a brief spin in the new 1.3-litre version highlighted my car’s performance deficit, I’d still go for the smaller engine every time – not least because of its lower running costs.

The annual tax disc costs nothing thanks to CO2 emissions of only 99g/km, while average fuel returns of more than 50mpg mean you won’t pay a fortune at the pumps. On the other hand, while the Toyota is cheap to run, it’s not a bargain basement choice – a fact highlighted by its £9,495 asking price, which could easily buy a larger supermini.

The extra outlay is worth it, though – in terms of quality, the iQ feels like a scaled down Avensis rather than an upmarket Aygo. The only glitch were cracks that started to appear in the front grille slats just before we sent the car back.Some of the shiny plastics in the cabin looked a little low rent, but otherwise the fit and finish were excellent, and there was plenty of standard kit.

Our car had air-con and electric windows, plus a lovely leather-trimmed three-spoke steering wheel, which contained the frustrating joystick control for the radio. Once you’d mastered this confusing system – or plugged an MP3 player into the auxiliary socket – the sound quality from the six-speaker set-up was surprisingly good.

The driving experience proved impressive, too. Despite its dimensions, the Toyota feels very grown-up on the move, delivering strong refinement and comfort, even on motorway hauls. However, its natural habitat is the urban jungle.

Here you can exploit its black cab-like turning circle and small size, which even allows it to be parked widthways against the kerb. And it’s neat tricks like this that I will miss now the Toyota is gone. Unlike other models in the firm’s line-up, it has genuine character,
nd a rich vein of talent that runs deep. It will take something special to fill the gap.

Toyota iQ