This IQ Engine, the 1.3L 1300cc is already putting out 94h.p. @ 6000rpm & 89lb ft of torque at 4400rpm.
It is a fairly high performance, High Compression 11.5:1 engine, and they still made it run on reg fuel, that is amazing, what is more amazing is the fuel economy for this small high performance engine.
From a stop light My IQ leaves the rest of the pack behind without even trying, it is geared fairly low to be able to get you away from a stop as well as it does.
If you own one
IMO drive it get it broken in, get used to it, Mine still is surprising me, at how peppy it is, and mine is not broken in yet.
This car is very deceiving as far as performance goes, the CVT makes it feel much smoother and masks it's performance. Gauge your self by other traffic and your speed. I have a 650cc motorcycle that has a CVT and it is the same way, it does not feel like you are going fast but look down at your speed and your doing 90mph when you think that you were doing 60mph
The IQ is the same way, the trans/CVT keeps the engine in it's most efficient RPM range as possible that may be at a lower rpm range while you are accelerating, the CVT just keeps changing gear ratio's to maintain this efficiency
It is an amazing system.
The CVT is the tip of the iceberg, they have a newer technology that is even more efficient than the CVT, but is still being developed
Mine runs great, plenty of power, more than enough, Rent one, and drive it for a week, a test drive is not long enough. If you are worried about the trans get the extended warranty