LinkOriginally Posted by Autoblog
I would SERIOUSLY buy this car if I can get a Cygnet body-kit and interior aftermarket upgrade. There is something about that Cygnet interior that gets to me.
Call me shallow, I even like this GTR body kit
This kit cost $6 grand. Kinda pricey.
Somebody should create a bespoke aftermarket tailoring company to build lavish interior and body kits. They could rack some serious coin for those looking to spice up their commuters.
Let's all remember this car comes standard with a/c, automatic transmission, power windows, a decent stereo... and IIRC - this car is very quiet and comfortable riding inside.
If it also has cruise control for $16k (with destination), that's actually a decent price for all the stuff (and the Scion/Toyota badge).
This isn't a Smart.
This is a car that is actually comfortable in a way that most small cars are not... it's like a Smart car made by somebody like Mercedes.
(and why Aston chose it for the eco rebadge)
If urban dwellers test drive this car, it will sell well.
Last edited by BRealistic; 07-13-2011 at 04:44 PM.
"I owe it to myself, and to my choir students, to not be upset about barns."
It was impressed by its ability to fit a seat in the back, but I also feel like that overall it compromises too much to the other passengers in the front for it.
Even with the better drivetrain, I would still choose the smart only because it doesn't feel like a dungeon.
Or for that absurd amount of money, I would get the 500.
Ok so I'm curious. What are the actual numbers on the iQ in the ROW?
I was expecting a $11,995 price point and hoping for $9995. At $10,000 I'd have tried to fit my fat butt in one just for the laughs but at $16,000.... I'd rather pick up a fairly lightly used LS430 and deal with 20mpg. Apples to Lahmas but whatever.
edited to include google info
Just found this thread on a UK site... corrected mpg runs from 19.2mpg to 50.8mpg.
Last edited by eunos94; 07-13-2011 at 09:24 PM.
what is my incentive to buy this over a bigger car? I dont think small cars are necessary. Especially not for me. But even if you need a small car in the city, why is the IQ taking market share? Give us small electric appliances. Ride a motorbike. Or take public transit. Im sorry but the only people who will buy this stupid car are people who want an image on wheels.
Seems like a tough sell at that price. A 3-door '12 Yaris will probably start lower (though with less equipment). It should do better than the Smart, but that's not saying much...
No way i'd buy this over a 2 unless there was significant mpg difference.For comparison, the iQ's $15,995 price tag means that it's slightly more expensive than both the $15,500 Fiat 500 and the $14,730 Mazda2, both of which off significantly greater utility. There's still no word on EPA mileage estimates for the iQ.
They're insane if they think people will take this over the 500 or Mazda2, Scion (Toyota) badge or not.
What's with the prices on these subcompact cars? No wonder they don't sell all that well since they're about the same as a reasonably equipped compact car in many cases--and the fuel mileage differences are negligible. I was reading MTs review of the Hyundai Accent for the price of $17k. For an Accent? I just built the cheapest Accent Hyundai offers (the GLS sedan) and as soon as you go with the automatic and the premium package, you're at almost $17.3. For that? Why even sell a subcompact if it isn't either A) going to offer much better mileage B) offer a real cost savings. An elentra comparably equipped is only $1500 more!
I suspect the iQ will do as poorly as the Smart cars.
Last edited by 6cylVWguy; 07-13-2011 at 02:35 PM.
The 500 I am driving also has automatic everything, red brake calipers behind aluminum rims, satellite radio, and a sunroof. and a nice interior. I am not familiar with the base level pricing and value on these small cute cars - but don't most of them come with decent base equipment? Not sure the iQ would really stand out, there.
Once US Americans step outside the overwhelmingly present price/volume attitude, my guess is that $1,000 here or there anyway is less important than practicality, a nice interior, and the (somewhat ill-defined) cuteness factor.
Although I have to say, from the looks and questions I am getting, my anecdotal experience is the 500 seems to attract most attention outside a disappointing gap in the 20-40 year old range...