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.


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  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. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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