I'm in the market for a car and the Scion iQ and the Smart Fortwo are the 2 cars on the top of my list, but right now I give the edge to the Smart. I like the Smart because of the plastic body panels, the slightly better mpg, the full wheel well liners in front and back, and its just a very interesting car. I know plenty about the Smart, but the iQ I could use some more opinions on. I've test driven the iQ and looked over it fairly well, but there are a couple things I'm not crazy about. I'll just list those things to make it easier to read.....
-lack of wheel well liners?
-tight engine bay, and having part of the engine tucked way underneath the dash, makes maintenence a bit difficult?
-small car, but still feels too much like an average car, I want something that doesnt feel like every other car.
-observed mpg is more like lower 30's rather then upper 30's or higher?
-too new to buy slightly used, so have to pay ~$16,000 minimum
-seats seem to be mediocre at best
Can anybody respond with their opinions or more information you might have about the above?
Any pros and cons you have discovered about your Scion iQ?
No doubt the iQ is a better car then the Smart, but the things that make it a better car like ride quality, power, handling, looks, don't matter as much to me as mpg, build quality, ease of maintenence, simplicity etc. are. So in other words a car that performs great is nice, but not my priority.