Review

Toyota iQ city car

The Toyota iQ is designed to rule the city streets, squeezing four seats into a car not much longer than the two-seat Smart ForTwo. It's easy to park and has a sharp turning circle, so it can negotiate the tightest roads with ease.

There's a choice of two small petrol engines – a 1.0-litre and a 1.3-litre - offering plenty of performance for town driving, but they can start to feel strained on the motorway. The same goes for the ride and handling; it's perfectly fine in the city, but pick up speed and the iQ starts to feel out of its depth.

Models like the Skoda Citigo, Hyundai i10 and even the iQ's bigger brother, the Toyota Aygo, all feel like better all-rounders, with more space and the comfort to take on longer journeys every now and again. The fact they are also cheaper than the upmarket iQ also makes it an increasingly niche choice.