The genius of the original Mini was its use of space. The Toyota iQ’s designers clearly understood that.
Alec Issigonis placed the Mini’s engine sideways under its bonnet, and placed the battery in the boot so there was more room inside the car for passengers and luggage.
The Toyota iQ is the latest interpretation of this design ethos and becomes the world’s smallest four-seater.
Front passengers sit further forwards than the driver, so there is more legroom behind.
A new differential allows the engine bay to be smaller, so more of the car’s length is given over to the cabin.
The front seats are ultra-slim, giving passengers 40mm more legroom than conventional seats would allow.
And the fuel tank is almost flat, and fits beneath the cabin so as not to get in the way.
Powered by a 1-litre three-cylinder petrol engine it can return 65.7mpg and emits only 99g/km, making it exempt from road tax.
It might be small, but it’s not short on kit. An array of nine airbags protects passengers in a crash and equipment includes a CD player, MP3 player connection, electric windows, remote central locking, tinted glass, leather steering wheel and gear knob.
We’re driving the iQ this week, so keep checking the Auto Trader homepage for our full road test.
Do you like the design of the iQ? Could you see the world’s smallest four-seater on your driveway?
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