Toyota iQ gets even smarter for 2011

2011 Toyota iQ

Great news for all iQ fans – there is a range of changes coming to the car for 2011, giving more choice and even better quality.

The interior is now available with a stylish new grey option. Available with Eclipse Black, Pearl White, Island Blue and Tyrol Silver exterior colours, the grey interior includes new fabric upholstery and black door trims. Customers who choose the grey interior will be able to select the new Kuru black leather upholstery option for that premium finishing touch.

2011 Toyota iQ interior

If you’ve got your heart set on the current plum-coloured interior, you’ll be pleased to hear that it will continue to be offered with the Deep Amethyst, Chilli Red and Decuma Grey iQs. And no matter which interior colour you choose, you’ll feel the benefit of new soft-touch interior materials.

Other revisions include a new black finish to the ‘manta ray’ style door panels and centre console. The eagle-eyed among you may have spotted the new scarlet surround on the centre console, too – it’s designed to contrast with the red stitching around the black leather steering wheel.

There are some clever changes under the iQ’s bonnet. Both the 1.0-litre VVT-i and 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i petrol engines have been revised to meet the Euro 5 emissions standard without sacrificing performance or fuel efficiency.

The best news? You don’t have to wait until next year to get your hands on the 2011 iQ – it’s available now at your local Toyota Centre, priced from £10,158 on the road.

Click here for more images of the 2011 iQ.

Update 22/10/10: Regularly drive in London and considering a 2011 Toyota iQ? You’ll be pleased to hear that the 1.0-litre manual iQ will be exempt from the London Congestion Charge from 4 January 2011, thanks to its low emissions and Euro 5-compliant engine! To find out more, click here.

Comments (60)

    1. Hi Jonathan,
      There are no plans currently to introduce the glass roof with the iQ in the UK. You can find other options and customisation features available for the iQ here:
      Thank you for your post.

  1. I have now had my IQ2 8 months and this is the update.
    Quite a surprising amount of power from a 1 litre engine which is quite smooth and quiet, even when revved and you do have to rev it if you want to get anywhere. Going up the slightest gradient means a downchange. I actually found a long enough stretch of clear road to overtake another vehicle at 50mph. There is an open space under the front wheel arches through which you can see the engine, this is unusual in any vehicle I have ever worked on and I thought that driving through puddles and flooded roads would mean that water would splash up on to the engine and electrics. I have driven through flooded roads and to my surprise, the engine does not get wetter than I would have expected.
    I have had 3 adults in this car in comfort and I may be able to add a child as well. Interior stowage space is limited and in desperate need of a real glove box, although you can get a silly plastic effort that sticks on to the dash. Get one of these and you are inviting a druggie to smash your window to grab it just to see what’s in it.
    The interior lighting is very poor, just don’t try to look in the boot in the dark.
    This car has big doors which act like a kite when opened in the wind. The interior door handles are too far forward to give sufficient grip and leverage when opening and closing. Imagine opening the door in a gust of weather that we have been having, bang! crash! door being whipped out of your hand.
    The payoff for having this car is, really easy to find parking, no 3 point turns as it will turn in its own length and I was so smug when I queued up in the post office to buy (sorry, get) my extortion certificate (sorry, car tax) free!
    Downsides are that I don’t have any toys, I love toys. The car is not comfortable on motorways as it will not cruise as well as long wheelbase vehicles. Because of the very short wheelbase, steering is jittery, the car will follow every deviation in the road surface, so that, you will have to concentrate 100% if the time unlike large vehicles where you can relax while driving. Do 50 miles on the motorway in one hit and you’ll feel tired.
    A small warning. Whilst driving along the M25 during the day, minding my own business at about 60mph in the nearside. A transit van zoomed along the outside lane passing me 2 lanes away. Suddenly, a load of debris came flying from the vehicle accross the carriageway, breaking into pieces, damaging my newly bought, pristine vehicle. The van was travelling too fast for me to get the number and my car was too slow to give chase.
    When I returned home and checked the damage, it was confined to the frontal area which Toyota has cleverly covered with some kind of rubber material before painting, which absorbed the impacts thereby preventing damage to the metal, great foresight Toyota.
    In conclusion; This is a town car, easy to drive and park, small turning circle, slow, good visibiltiy, loads of interior space, needs better stowage space and interior lighting, needs spacesaver spare tyre instead of the gummy aerosol that’s hard to use and repair, being boxy it catches too much wind.
    In all, a great design, good looking car which will do a real world 50mpg or less, combined.

    1. Hi MaxMcC,
      Thank you so much for taking the time to send us your feedback on the iQ2.
      We really do appreciate your comments and will pass these onto our Product Marketing department for their consideration.
      Many thanks again and we hope you continue to enjoy your iQ.

      1. Hi Amy
        I was thinking that my post was not read as my last post was in March but I am pleased to see that it is appreciated, thank you.
        I think that you could really clean up the trendy sector and in fact, the whole micro car buying sector with this little car by for example, chopping out the roof and putting in removable panels rather than a cloth one like the Fiat 500.
        I look forward to the one day of sun that we get per year.

  2. By accident, I test drove an IQ last year and was pleasantly surprised at how much space there was inside for a 6 foot weightlifter. I took delivery of my IQ2 3 weeks ago. I love the look of these cars because of the styling and technology and the drive isn’t bad either. Sharon Campbell is probably dreaming when she says that she can do 110 mph in this car, there isn’t a long enough downhill ski slope for that to happen. Having being used to powerful cars and motorbikes, I love the fact that my car can’t do 100 mph as that’s the magic figure where you automatically lose your license and it ensures that the cops can’t ‘fit you up’.
    I used to be a mechanic and I have never come across any cars where you can see through from the wheel arch into the engine bay. This is a big flaw in my opinion because you dare not drive through a flooded area as the water will spray up onto the engine and could wet the electrics. It also means that you have to clean the engine compartment regularly. Please my Toyota, make some sort of wheel arch protector for this. The interior light and boot light is a problem, as others have stated. Track rod, steering arm and under body corrosion is a bit of a problem on my 2009 model.
    I am still evaluating this car so I’ll see how I get on.

  3. Toyota showed the I-Q at the Frankfurt IAA with a glass roof. My partner and I plan on buying an I-Q immediately this improvement is introduced. Can you please advise when we can expect the glass roofed I-Q to be available in the UK ?
    Just for info , I am in the Motor Trade myself – selling TVR Sportscars. Big database and they all need a second car recommended to them !
    Best Regards Chas Whitaker
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        1. Hi John,

          Thanks for getting in touch. Could you please provide us with the reg of your IQ and any details of the Aygo Bluetooth kit you are referring to? We will then be able to look into this further for you.


  4. hey, i bought my iq 1.33 before the new interrior design. could i somehow have the metal bar which sits above the glovebox? how?
    thanx in advance

    1. Thank you for your question Christos. Unfortunately the metal bar you are referring to is not an accessory option and cannot be retro fitted. Your local Toyota Centre can give you a list of all the accessories available for iQ, click here to find their contact details.

  5. How easy is it to remove the iQ rear seat assembly, to leave a larger boot? It looks to be mounted by 3 bolts each side, plus a connector for the seat belt alarm.

    1. Hi Horace,

      Unfortunately Toyota (GB) PLC cannot make recommendations or provide technical assistance to modifications outside of the manufacturer’s specification.

      We must also point out that if you decide to make modifications to your vehicle that are not in line with the manufacturer’s specification, even though this will not automatically invalidate your warranty, if any part fails as a result of modification, the manufacturer’s warranty will not cover the cost of repair. You will also need to notify your insurer about any modifications that you’ve made to your vehicle.

      1. Hi Damian. I am surprised you have sent this standard answer to my Query, is it appropriate? Are Toyota being unhelpful?
        1. I have checked with my insurance company (RIAS) who confirm the REMOVAL of seats (as long as one is left for the driver) does not affect the cover.
        2. It surely is NOT outside Toyota specifications – there is a two seat version sold without the rear seats.
        3. If I am REMOVING something, what modified part can fail?
        Another advantage of removing the rear seats is that I can install a spare wheel that I have, in the well that is left open, thus obviating any consideration by me (or the AA patrol) to use the supplied comic puncture repair kit at 2 AM by the side of a motorway in a rain storm! It might work in the garage but not in a representative situation!
        I have owned Toyota cars for over 30 years now – I would appreciate a more relevant reply please.

  6. I brought the iQ3 auto with sat nav and leather. I also got them to fit parking sensors in the deal for free. It’s a great little car, but would like to have a bit more storage bins etc. 2 places I have in mind are just behind the gear shift and to the right of the steering wheel, just below the start button. A little pocket there would be good.

  7. Why can’t toyata’s have more choice for interior/exterior colours? take the fiat 500 marketing for example, lots of choice,leather(choice of colours)exterior colours great, toyota seem to be very limited on these things.This is why they (fiat) have had a bumper year in sales, due to the fact they have such a vast choice that makes people think they have something different!…Let’s see a better more funky choice better pricing..then we will see more IQ’s out there…superb car though!..

    1. Hi Jan,

      We are currently exploring a customisation programme for the iQ in the UK. The programme will include a range of interior and exterior options. This is all we can reveal at this stage, but as soon as we have more details we will post it on the blog.

      Thanks for your question.

      1. I recently too delivery of my IQ2 Nice little car, but disappointed with the storage. When I took the test drive it looked as though I could could put a box under the seats, but when I got the car the box i had in mind would not go under, there are plugs & cables in the way, surely this is a bad design, with space limited in these cars could they not move them to a more convenient position? Likewise under the bonnet there is loads of room too much if you ask me, Toyota certainly looks after their mechanics fingers!!

        1. Hi Alan,
          We’re pleased you like your iQ2 but sorry you’re disappointed with the storage space. There’s an awful lot of technology in the iQ and it has many space saving innovations, such as a flat fuel tank which allows greater cabin space. With customer safety of the upmost importance we’ve even got nine airbags in the car including a ‘world first’, a windscreen airbag. Here is an article you may be interested in reading:
          We will pass on your feedback to our Product Marketing team.
          Many thanks and kind regards (and we hope you continue to enjoy your iQ2!).

    2. Hi Jan, As the iQ is available in Japan with many more exterior colours, and several different leather interiors I cannot see why it is such a problem for Toyota to bring those to the UK, especially as they are natively left hand drive. It is also available in Japan as a two seater and obviously much more luggage space. I for one would buy one today if those options were available in UK, at the same time they could iron out some of the petty niggles, like interior lighting and more controls on the steering wheel. I think the iQ is a great little car and it`s a pity that it is not as popular as it could be, you have on the exterior a great car with little to improve it and on the inside it`s let down by cost cutting measures. John.

      1. Hi John. Regarding the interior light, have you seen the response made last Februry, Viz:-interior light.

        What you need is a thin white diffuser (lamp shade)! Make one for yourself for 50p…. use half of a white ping-pong ball cut around the seam with kitchen scissors, attach with a thin strip of ‘white-tak’ or other plasticine-like adhesive. Hey presto – lots of interior illumination when entering the vehicle in the dark. Remove at will, to return to the map-reading lamp. The LED lamp never gets hot – so NO melted plastic.

        Toyota would do well to supply a free ping pong ball with every iQ, or adapt the roof moulding to accept a clip-on diffuser.

  8. There was a time when 5 speed transmission and intermittent windscreen wipers were luxuries on uk manufactured cars! These days cars come with many extras as standard, I own a classic american vehicle, to me the luxuries are a heater, quarter light opening windows and servo assisted brakes.

    Toyota, you have made the IQ. What a fantastic little car, unless you keep making it better I will stick to my auto IQ.

    Yea, there are a few niggles like the lack of an audible low fuel warning, but we all have eyes, if we can’t see the fuel gauge we shouldn’t be behind the wheel.

    As to leg room, well I am 6 ft 6″ tall and I can get in and drive the IQ comfortably, also every person who has been a passenger, said they would by one, they are amazed the way it handles, can turn around in the street, they are comfortable, economical, and is bigger on the inside than they expected.

    As fuel prices continue to rise, will we see the same set up as the Prius in the future, the only reason to buy a new IQ.

    1. Thanks for your feedback Sam. We’re glad to hear you like your iQ – we think it’s a great car too!

      We can tell you that Toyota is expanding its hybrid range, which now also includes Auris Hybrid. The Prius Plug-in (PHV) will join the range in 2012 and we recently revealed an image of the Yaris hybrid concept that will be shown at the 2011 Geneva motor show.

      Although there are no plans at the moment for an iQ hybrid, Toyota has revealed its plans to develop an electric-powered iQ EV – click here to find out more.

      We’ll update the blog with the latest news as soon as it’s announced.

    2. Hi Sam. Just being trying small cars and my partner and I are considerably shorter than you (we’re both around 6′ 1″) and have spiked hair which adds a couple of inches, but we both found the passenger seat headroom restricted. It was ok with seat back sloping towards the rear, but in an upright posture we found our heads almost touching the roof, and hair definitely brushing against it, and this was without the car moving! A shame, as it looked ideal for our situation. I read that the Tobasco has height adjustment on the driver’s seat. I wonder if passenger seat will ever get that, or whether it’s constrained by the fuel tank under.

  9. I want to order an IQ2 but I can’t get any info on whether there is a full iPod integration kit available. I do not want the SAT NAV, just an integrated iPod kit PLEASE HELP!!

    1. Hi Malcom,

      All iQ have the ability to play iPods via the standard 3.5mm Aux-in socket. This allows an iPod (or any other MP3 player) to be played through the cars audio system, however there is no volume control or track selection via the steering wheel controls (these can still be controlled via your iPod) and the iPod will also be powered by its own internal battery.

      Full iPod integration can only be achieved with the optional TNS510 Sat Nav system with Toyota’s iPod integration kit.

  10. I am torn between buying an IQ or an Aygo. I need a city car but have two teenage kids. I like the look of the iq but what about the rear legroom. what do you advise

    1. Hi Lisa,

      We think both the iQ and AYGO are great little city cars, with low vehicle tax (VED) and impressive fuel economy. Don’t forget our Yaris hatchback, either, which is currently available with some great value offers.

      If you’re unsure about the rear legroom you need, your local Toyota centre will happily show you around all of the cars and help you decide which is the perfect model for you. We recommend that you test drive whichever models appeal to you the most.

      For more information about the Toyota range, click here to visit our retail website, where you will also be able to compare the cars with our comparison chart, and see all the latest offers.

      Hope this helps – be sure to let us know which Toyota you choose.

  11. I have a 2010 IQ 1.0 Manual registered in May 2010. Will my car qualify for the Congestion Charge exemption ? Is my model Euro 5 Standard ?

    1. Hi Daren,

      Transport for London (TfL) has outlined that cars emitting 100g/km or less of CO2 that also meet the Euro 5 standard for air quality are eligible for the Greener Vehicle 100 per cent discount (GVD) for the London Congestion Charge.
      Although a 2010 model year 1.0-litre manual iQ is sub-100g/km C02, only the new 2011 model year iQ achieves the new Euro 5 standard.

      For more information on the Greener Vehicle Discount, please click here.

    1. Hi,

      Aftermarket units are available for the iQ, however Toyota GB cannot endorse third party products. We suggest you try looking at specialist car audio companies for further information.

      Thanks for your question.

  12. Although the iQ3 is priced as a premium car the interior is most definitely “budget” with that pathetic interior light, a very downmarket looking centre panel and the range of options is very limited. I understand in Japan there are 12 different exterior colours, several different leather interiors, and also it is available as a two seater, plus luggage area. There are a lot of people in GB who would buy this car if it looked nicer!!

    1. Having taken ownership of my new iQ in Jan 2011, I would say that the interior LED light is excellent as a map-reading light (if you still use old-fashioned maps). Its directional nature means that use by a passenger does NOT distract the driver. However, shining on a single spot on the dark carpet does not make for an effective interior light.

      What you need is a thin white diffuser (lamp shade)! Make one for yourself for 50p…. use half of a white ping-pong ball cut around the seam with kitchen scissors, attach with a thin strip of ‘white-tak’ or other plasticine-like adhesive. Hey presto – lots of interior illumination when entering the vehicle in the dark. Remove at will, to return to the map-reading lamp. The LED lamp never gets hot – so NO melted plastic.

      Toyota would do well to supply a free ping pong ball with every iQ, or adapt the roof moulding to accept a clip-on diffuser.

  13. Really wish Toyota UK would bring the D4D version into the UK.Seems every other country in EU can have it but not us

    1. Hi Jayz,

      You’ve got yourself in a tough situation here, but in a good way! Both the Prius and iQ are great cars but obviously very different vehicles. Maybe our range comparison chart can help you decide. It displays all the cars in the Toyota range and how they compare against each other in terms of price, MPG, CO2 emissions and a host of other criteria. Click here to have a go yourself.

      Alternatively, you could go to a Toyota Centre and arrange a test drive. You can find your local Centre here, and can even book a test drive online by clicking here.

      Hope this helps, and be sure to let us know what you choose.

  14. Oh when oh when will Toyota change the terrible interior light?? I have an IQ2 & its actually bad enough to put me off buying an IQ again, can I do anything to change for a better bulb? Also why does it not tell me how many miles I have left to a refill? my cheaper Citroen did, 2 things that have made me feel my IQ has just not quite made the grade…..

    1. Hi Eileen,

      I agree. The interior lighting is pathetic. That and the fact the ‘trip computer’ won’t display mpg figures greater than 60 mpg (in a car that’s designed to operate around that figure!) means that I won’t be getting another iQ either. I expected more from a car that, with options, I paid well over £13K for!


      1. Robin greetings! I have to say that Toyota have excelled themselves after my Blog – thay phoned me to say that re the Mileage an update was possible, they asked me which was my local toyota branch & as I was booked in already for the next steering repair they have offered me (FOC!!) a new fascia which will then show me the MPG left in the tank, they also washed my car to within an inch of its life, so Toyota have proved most helpful – still have to put up with the awful interior light though – plus the new IQ’s still have no boot light plus the inadequate interior light but for now their personal service has redeemed the situation, ask by blog if you too can have a new fascia re correcting the MPG situatiion, hope it goes well!

        1. What you need is a thin white diffuser (lamp shade)! Make one for yourself for 50p…. use half of a white ping-pong ball cut around the seam with kitchen scissors, attach with a thin strip of ‘white-tak’ or other plasticine-like adhesive. Hey presto – lots of interior illumination when entering the vehicle in the dark. Remove at will, to return to the map-reading lamp. The LED lamp never gets hot – so NO melted plastic.

          Toyota would do well to supply a free ping pong ball with every iQ, or adapt the roof moulding to accept a clip-on diffuser.

  15. I ordered my RED IQ in August and I am waiting patiently (and sometimes impatiently!!) until February for it…but I am so excited. They are rare on the roads, beauties to drive and really eco ‘friendly’ (compared with other cars). Can’t wait to drive away in her 🙂

    1. Hi Elizabeth,

      Great to hear that you’re so excited about your iQ! Don’t forget to let us know how you are getting on with it when you take delivery in the New Year.


  16. I just purchase one today, I would call it a hybrid crossbreed of Smart & Mini Cooper.
    It’s a wonderfull Eco vehicle and drives very smoothly
    can handle speeds up to 110 mph
    I Luv It X Mwah

  17. Got my 2011 version Pearl White Auto 1.3 baby today. Loving the surprise interior, black & red leather & gloss Fantastic! Shifts too!!!

      1. Loving it!

        Drives like a dream. Shifts when you need it to, holds the road well and is the coolest car on the block!

      2. Hi Melissa
        Any idea how I can tell how many miles I have left in the tank?

        And I have never waited long enough to tell but does it give a warning beep when on empty (reserve)

        Its just got such a little tank (about £30) goes from half a tank to flashing so quick, it worries me that I won’t notice.

        One other thing, how do you program a new radio station as Radio 4 really isn’t me!



        1. Hi Bev,

          Sorry for the delay in getting back to you.

          The fuel gauge is made up from 6 segments and when the fuel quantity inside the fuel tank drops to 5.9 litres (approx 1.3 gallons) the bottom segment will flash only. There is no audible warning.

          Unfortunately we can only state the quantity of fuel left and not how far you can travel on that fuel. For that we would suggest that you look your average consumption, this may give an approx distance.

          Regarding the radio presets section 3-2 (Using the Audio System/Setting Station Presets) of your Owners Manual explains how you can automatically or manually select radio presets

          Hope this answers your questions.


  18. I really would like an iQ3 auto and the only thing stopping me is the downmarket appearance of the interior

    1. I have the 2010 1.3 Auto with navigation & leather. I think the interior looks fine. It is the 2011 model though.

    1. My iQ3 auto has navigation. This includes USB, radio, CD, bluetooth audio, ipod integration. Its a brilliant unit.

    1. I have had my IQ since June 2011 and I love it..can’t find fault with anything, am very pleased with my purchase 🙂

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