Although the iQ won’t be available in the Midwest until early next spring, reviews already rolling in speak positively over Scion’s new micro-subcompact car. The iQ has been compared favorably to the Smart car, suggesting it may see more success than its microcar competitor.
Reviewers have called the iQ surprisingly charming and cited that the front seats are comfortable and provide a decent amount of space. As a micro-subcompact, of course it will be small, and it’s not intended for those requiring a vast amount of cargo space. Rather, it’s marketed towards urban buyers, and for that market, the iQ ought to hit the spot.
The iQ is ten feet long, which might sound pretty sizable. However, compared to the Toyota Camry, which is six feet longer, the iQ starts to look like what it is. It is one foot longer than the Smart Fortwo.
In general, reviewers are saying the iQ has everything on the Smart Fortwo. Although intended mainly for city driving, the iQ performs better than the Smart Fortwo on the highway and feels more stable than its competitor.
It’s important to remember, though, that the iQ is still a small car, and will feel more in its element in the city than on the highway. City drivers will find it nimble and comfortable, and that it handles a little like a sports car.
In case you’ve missed the stats in the past, here’s a quick run down: the iQ has a 1.3L, four-cylinder engine that gets 94hp and 89 lb-ft of torque. It gets 36mpg in the city and 37mpg on the highway, making its combined fuel efficiency 37mpg, which, according to Scion, is the highest for all non-hybrid cars.