Toyota puts price on iQToyota's 'premium' city car will cost from £9,495

14 October 2008

Toyota iQ front

Quirky new iQ won't be cheap

Toyota has announced the UK specifications and pricing for its new iQ city car.

There are two basic trim levels, iQ and iQ2, and a single, 1.0-litre petrol engine choice, available with five-speed manual or 'Multidrive' Continuously Variable Transmission automatic gearbox.

High-spec iQ

Specifications are strong throughout – and they need to be, as the iQ is not exactly cheap.

Prices start at £9,495 for the entry-level iQ manual (£10,495 for Multidrive). This includes air conditioning, alloy wheels, auto-dimming rearview mirror, six-speaker stereo, electronic stability control, and nine airbags – including the world’s first rear airbag to protect back seat passengers.

The iQ2 boosts this with equipment including climate control, keyless entry and start, automatic lights and wipers, and retractable mirrors. iQ2 is priced from £10,495 for the manual (£11,495 Multidrive).

Unusual seating

Toyota iQ rear

Manual version emits 99g/km of CO2, meaning free road tax

But this is a car that seats just three and a half people (three adults and a child), and offers extremely limited storage space with the full compliment of passengers on board. A basic is much cheaper (from £8,099), seats five, and has a boot. It isn’t that much bigger, either…

However, nothing at the iQ’s price point can match the manual car’s 99g/km CO2 emissions (110g/km in Multidrive) - meaning the manual iQ will be exempt from annual road tax. It also officially returns 65.7mpg combined. Highly impressive fuel economy figures for a petrol engine, if also provisional at the moment.

The Toyota iQ is on sale now, with first UK deliveries in January. Order before March and you get a choice of three metallic paint finishes included in the price for free.

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