• Feb 19, 2009
Click above for high-res gallery of the Toyota iQ's NCAP test

We still wouldn't want to crack the tiny Toyota iQ into anything, but the little rollerskate has earned itself 5 stars in Euro NCAP safety testing. It's not a perfect correlation to hitting real objects, but the performance will undoubtedly help make a sales case. Results for the iQ are nearly as good as its larger sibling, the Avensis. The iQ will bust up your neck with whiplash, and the pole test also showed marginal chest protection, deflecting the ribs quite a bit.

The iQ's small size also leads to a C- for rear seat protection, and there's upgrades and revisions for the ISOFIX anchors and Britax seats to keep bambinos and bambinas secure. Despite any caveats, however, the iQ's rating trumps the four stars for Ford's new Ka, which will undoubtedly be strategically mentioned. We'd still drive anything in this segment with a modicum of care and heightened awareness. It's much safer, no matter what you drive, to avoid incidents all together.


[Source: EuroNCAP via GreenMotor]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I am very impressed by the iQ. Toyota have really worked hard on squeezing as much utility into as little a space as possible with this with as few compromises as possible. Really, this and the Smart means we must get rid of the small=unsafe stereotype.

      I still wish Toyota worked as hard on a sportscar, though, how awesome they could make an MR2 or Supra with so much ingenuity.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So it is relatively safe as long as you are struck by a similar diminutive car like a Fiat 500 or another iQ. These tests cannot do not replicate the same force absorption as a 5,400 pound Audi Q7. The iQ only weighs about 2,000 lbs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Temple...

        Unless the NCAP test applies a net force into the vehicle while striking the barrier, the chassis of the iQ is absorbing the force resulting by stopping the mass of the iQ. The Audi Q7 chassis is absorbing the force needed to stop the mass of the Q7 which weighs 2 1/2 times as much. Thus the Q7 chassis has a much greater ability to absorb an impact from another moving object than the iQ. Unfortunately physics is still physics!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Temple is right. People that blindly support heavy vehicles' assumed safety in crash testing are forgetting that there are people in the car, and how they react in a collision is the key to a safe vehicle, not how your Q7 looks after an impact - you may find a 5000lb SUV that collides at 10mph but because the restrain system didn't do its job, the drivers' head hits the window and they sustain injury. Of course, this is all relative. If you have a poorly designed small car colliding with a well-designed heavy vehicle, surely the occupants of the larger vehicle will be safer - for instance, when a transport truck drives over a Q7. The fact is the iQ gets a high safety rating, and that's good for everybody.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't believe that after driving for about 25 years, I haven't been hit by an SUV or Semi-Tractor/Trailer!! How lucky have I been!? What with all the concerns about getting hit by a larger vehicle in a small car like the iQ or smart fortwo.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It only needs to happen once for you to die. An F250's bumper would be aimed square at your head in an iQ. Not true in an suv.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm with all this suv hitting small car cokmments wouldnt having a small car allow you to get out of the way better from getting hit by an suv? Like being able to fit through spaces that bigger cars can't?
      • 5 Years Ago
      so Toyota reached 2009 the same result than Fiat reached 2007 with the 500 and Peugeot reached 2005 with the 1007.... and that is impressive... not.

      • 5 Years Ago
      iQ over the Smart big time. The Smart has a horrible transmission, from all reviews, and the MPG is just not that great for the size of the car. The iQ should have a better transmission and much better MPG.

      You can build safe small cars for sure, the problem is when they hit something like a big overly heavy SUV here in the SUV happy US.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder how their testing/standards compare to ours?
        • 5 Years Ago
        There are many more injury measurements in EuroNCAP than USNCAP.

        Actually the IIHS ODB test is more comparable to EuroNCAP. There is only a minor difference in dummy positioning.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Main differences so far I know are:
        -crash speed a bit slower (US 56km/h instead of EURO 64km/h)
        -contrete barrier (US) instead of deformable object (EURO)
        -likelyhood of "Head Injury Criterion" (US) vs. bodypart injuries (EURO)
        The Chevy Aveo got only 1 Star in EURO-NCAP vs. 4 Stars in US-NCAP
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll take an iQ, I cannot stand the ForTwo's transmission.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if Jeremy Clarkson will do a crash-test of the Toyota IQ vs a train like he did with the Renault Espace who got a 5-stars EURO NCAP? ;-)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7xD397_K5Y
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't think you'd do well against a train even if you were another train =(
      • 5 Years Ago
      Delete your choice of "cannot" or "do not" and it may be more understandable... yet equally irritating to small car proponents.
      • 5 Years Ago
      witchcraft
      • 5 Years Ago
      It will have done better than the Ford because the Ka has fewer airbags as standard. It isn't only deformability that is measured in the tests.
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