The 2023 Toyota iQ or Scion iQ EV is a city car manufactured by Scion under the Toyota sub-brand. The Scion iQ refurbished variant is also marketed in Europe as the Aston Martin Cygnet. The Scion iQ production debuted at the New York Auto Show and was marketed for the 2012-2015 model years. In North America, the iQ was only available with 1.3 L. The 1NR-FE engine is paired with an automatic CVT.
A prototype of the Toyota eQ was showcased at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The Scion level of intelligence EV is the alternative to the FT-EV II as an electric vehicle given the Toyota iQ level case. Toyota has produced three generations of FT-EV concept cars, and the iQ EV is the production version of these concepts, combining the technological and design strengths of all three models. The exterior of the production version is based on the FT-EV III concept shown at the Tokyo Motor Show.
The Aston Martin Cygnet is a reconfigured variant of the Toyota/Scion iQ marketed by Aston Martin starting from the 2011 model year, allowing Aston Martin to comply with the 2012 European Union fleet average emissions regulations. It was developed under the codename P298. The Cygnet featured exterior and interior revisions but shared other features with the 97 bhp 1.3L inline-four iQ, producing 110 g CO2/km and 58.9 mpg-US fuel consumption.
Scion iQ Interior
Inside, it may not look like it from the outside, the front seats are flat and wide, so they’re comfortable enough for short trips. However, it lacks armrests and the lack of side support means the seats won’t be able to hug you lovingly for longer outings. Outside visibility is very good for the driver. The front passenger should have plenty of legroom as the instrument panel is set further on that side. Thanks to this arrangement, an adult passenger can comfortably sit in the passenger side rear seat, but the other rear seat behind the driver is very small. For the price, the iQ’s cabinet is mostly filled with hard plastic surfaces. Texture upholstery and a cowhide-wrapped directing wheel are standard.
The Scion iQ has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for attaching child safety seats. All LATCH mounts are easy to find and use, but the car’s small rear seat may not adequately fit some seat types. Standard features include power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, and a six-speaker Pioneer stereo, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a USB port. Available features include an upgraded infotainment system with BeSpoke sound system, navigation, and smartphone integration. All controls are easy to reach from the driver’s seat and there are three large buttons for climate settings. The touchscreen is also simple.
Scion iQ Engine
Under the hood of the Scion iQ is a small four-cylinder engine that makes 94 horsepower. This is in line with the car’s primary mission as a city car, so you’ll have enough morale to drive around the city at slower speeds. The iQ’s compact size makes it easy to maneuver through traffic and get stuck in tight parking spaces. However, this Scion lacks attractive handling. It’s difficult to hit highway speeds, merge with fast-moving traffic, and overtake slower vehicles. Under hard acceleration, the continuously variable automatic transmission triggers a noisy motor drone. The iQ can also feel a little unsteady when going fast and slams over bumps in the road. The Scion iQ achieves excellent fuel economy for the class at 36 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway as estimated by the EPA.
Scion iQ Safety
Because of their size, subcompact cars often receive lower safety scores than cars in other segments of the market. Still, the Scion iQ’s crash test results are great in the middle of the class. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the iQ Scion four stars out of five, with four stars in the forward crash and rollover tests and three stars in the side crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the iQ the highest Good rating in three crash tests and the second highest Acceptable score in the fourth IIHS test for headrests and seats. The Scion iQ does not have any advanced security features such as a rearview camera.