Hello, i have been looking at the IQ for the past couple days, there isnt just one site out there that gives you all the information you need, but i was luckey enough to find tid bits and a article in a magazine. The IQ is a so called four seater, the passenger seat sits further forward then the driver to allow more leg room to the back passenger, as for behind the driver seat, there is enough room for a child seat, or a very small friend. You have the choice of filling the car with people, or stuff, not both. the back seats fold down for added space, but with no extra cargo space behind the back seats leaves little room for "crumple" in the case of a rear end collision, I read they just added an extra air bag to make the blow softer for those in the back seat. It has a total of 9 airbags throughout the car, but lacks the Tridion Cell, keep in mind the Tridion is what makes the small Fortwo car able to with stand the impact from larger vehicles. Safety plays a big role in bringing this car to the US, with out a Tridion rip off of some sort i think this will be very difficult. the enguine is also located in the front of the IQ as well as it being front wheel drive, it will come with a 3 or 4 cylinder, depends on the customers preferance.

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Comment by Eric on January 14, 2010 at 11:31pm
The IQ seems like a fairly impressionable car, but my thought is how can anyone sit in the back seat of that thing. It looks very squatty and cramped. I still think the Smart is far more unique thank you.
Comment by Gary Bryers on December 1, 2008 at 8:34pm
I gotta say - the front end (as shown above) of the IQ is VERY reminiscent of the fifties Studebaker - more modern, granted, but that was the first thing I thought of when I saw it...
Comment by Robert Stout on November 22, 2008 at 12:29pm
Angel,
That photo of the IQ is the show car...The production version only looks disgruntled...
Comment by Vector on November 19, 2008 at 10:57pm
I've seen the IQ in-person and just like the early Smart buzz, photos don't do it justice....but the Smart is more unique and attention getting. We all know the Yaris is small/close, but not a "star", like our cars. IQ will have the same issue. Headroom is a problem too... I'm 6'8 and the Smart is OK.. not the Yaris or IQ, or the Fiat 500 either for that matter. I am finding that people are no longer surprised by the "size" any more. It's a common expectation in less than a year. now they all think it's smart [no pun] to be "green". I don't have the heart to tell them i retrofit a Ferrari V-12 in the back and I get 6 mpg, ha ha ha ha
Comment by [ART4-1] on November 19, 2008 at 9:02pm
wow, you are right about the angry look in the front, everything is angry. And the rear is super grumpy. I wonder if that was intentional -- I can see them being a big seller in the states just for the "don't mess with me" look...
Comment by angel on November 19, 2008 at 7:57pm

The front of the IQ looks angry. I prefer the friendliness of the smart. :D

Comment by Jim Yedor on November 19, 2008 at 5:54pm
Agreed on the seats! I have both a smart and a Yaris. I get a sore butt and back after very little time in the Yaris. Not so in the smart. As to IQ vs. smart- two very different cars. One is not "better" than the other- only a better fit for someone's personal needs. How is that IQ Cabrio? Oh, right, no Cabrio.
Comment by Gerald on November 18, 2008 at 9:54pm
Yes I think the smart seats are second -most comfortable. Way better than any
Toyota. I to have a bad back. The first-most comfortable seats are in my Chrysler 300. I haven't found anything better. I will keep the 300.
Comment by Gary Bryers on November 18, 2008 at 7:54pm
To borrow from a Toyota ad: I saw all the comparisons done between toyota, honda, etc. and the smart. So, all things considered, I bought the smart.

In reality, I actually bought a Toyota once, and after 3 months, it hurt my back so much that I traded it in (at great cost) on another vehicle. There are nice Toyotas out there, don't get me wrong, but not for me.
Oddly, the smart is actually the second-most comfortable vehicle I have owned (I have a bad back, and it is always surprising what works and what doesn't in car seats). The first-most comfortable vehicle was the one I sold to get the smart.

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