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Scion iM 2016

Scion iM 2016: молодежный хэтчбек с уклоном на спортивность

Обзор Scion iM 2016: внешний вид модели, интерьер, технические характеристики, системы безопасности, цены и комплектации. В конце статьи — тест-драйв Scion iM 2016 года!

Содержание обзора:

  • Внешний вид
  • Салон
  • Характеристики Scion iM 2016
  • Системы безопасности
  • Стоимость и комплектации Scion iM 2016 года
  • Видео и фото

Автомобильный бренд Scion малоизвестен на российском рынке — впрочем, это и не удивительно, так как компания создавалась специально для американского потребителя.

Scion («Сайон») является суббрендом японского автоконцерна Toyota, который был создан в середине 2002 года и позиционируется как производитель молодежных автомобилей. В начале 2016 года руководством Toyota было принято волевое решение о закрытии марки, которое пришлось на август 2016 года, а уже с начала 2017 года автомобили «Сайон» будут реализовываться под брендом своего прародителя.

Последней моделью марки Scion стала модель iM, которая впервые была показана в ноябре 2014 г. в рамках Лос-Анджелесской автомобильной выставки. Сразу стоит отметить, что автомобиль не стал откровением и являет собой несколько перелицованный Toyota Auris второй генерации, получивший более агрессивную внешность, которая непременно придется по душе молодежи, являющейся основной покупательской аудиторией марки.

В отличие от своего «родителя» автомобиль предлагается только с одним двигателем, при этом потенциальные покупатели могут дополнительно заказать специальный пакет от гоночного подразделения Toyota, включающий в себя переработанную систему впрыска, спортивные амортизаторы и ряд прочих элементов, призванных сделать машину более динамичной.

Экстерьер Scion iM 2016

Новый Scion iM обладает динамичной и стильной внешностью, которая выполнена в лучших традициях последних автомобилей Toyota. Лицевая часть хэтчбека готова похвастать слегка прищуренной головной оптикой с новомодными LED-огнями дневного света, стильной фальшрадиаторной решеткой, рисунок которой в отличие от Auris выполнен в виде пчелиных сот, а также спортивным передним бампером с огромным воздухозаборником.

При взгляде на профиль хэтчбека нельзя не отметить наличие заваленного в направлении кормы ветрового стекла, благодаря которому коэффициент лобового сопротивления удалось снизить до 0,28 Сх, а также плавно ниспадающей крыши, благодаря чему машина выглядит более динамично и спортивно.

Отдельного внимания заслуживают аккуратные колесные арки, оригинальная задняя стойка треугольной формы и стильные легкосплавные колесные диски. Корма хэтчбека получила компактную дверь багажника, оригинальной формы светотехнику габаритных огней, а также массивный задний бампер с по-спортивному оформленным диффузором, которые лишний раз подчеркивает молодежную направленность марки.

Габариты нового Scion iM составляют:

  • В длину – 427,5 см;
  • В ширину – 176 см;
  • В высоту – 146 см.

Колесная база автомобиля равна 260 см, что представляет собой один из лучших показателей в классе. Высота дорожного просвета составляет 120 мм, что на 20 мм ниже, чем у одноплатформенной Toyota Auris, но даже этого достаточно, чтобы автомобиль смог уверенно преодолевать «лежачих полицейских» и въезжать на бордюры.

Нам импонирует внешний облик Scion iM, который буквально настраивает на агрессивный стиль вождения (благо с динамическими характеристиками у хэтчбека все в порядке).

Интерьер хэтчбека Scion iM 2016

Внутреннее убранство новинки полностью повторяет таковое в модели Auris, и это радует, поскольку японцам удалось создать действительно привлекательный, эргономичный и современный интерьер.

Прямо перед водителем располагается трехспицевый мультируль, обеспечивающий удобный хват, а также современная приборная панель с крупными циферблатами показателей скорости и оборотов, а также дисплеем бортового компьютера. Центральная часть торпедо представлена информационно-развлекательным и блоком регулировки микроклимата.

Японцы подчеркивают, что при создании интерьера ими были использованы более качественные материалы отделки, а также улучшена подгонка деталей друг к другу, впрочем, сборка «тойотовских» салонов уже давно ни у кого не вызывает никаких вопросов.

Передние сидения отличаются хорошей эргономикой, а благодаря большому диапазону регулировок с легкостью примут пассажира любой комплекции. Между креслами располагается небольшой подлокотник, у основания которого находится небольшой бокс для различной мелочевки.

Диван второго ряда рассчитан на троих взрослых седоков, при этом свободного места достаточно не только в высоту и ширину, но и в длину.

Объем багажника Сайон iM составляет 360 л., что пусть и не является рекордным показателем в классе, но будет достаточно большей части потенциальных покупателей модели.

Интерьер хэтчбека привлекает качественными материалами отделки, хорошо продуманной эргономикой рабочего места водителя, а также просторным салоном, рассчитанным на пятерых взрослых седоков. Сам производитель подчеркивает, что салон автомобиля за счет улучшенной шумоизоляции и использования современных материалов является одним из самых тихих в классе, и это действительно так.

Технические характеристики Scion iM 2016

В отличие от своего собрата, который предлагает на выбор один из трех бензиновых моторов, двух дизелей или гибридного бензиново-электрического силового агрегата, Scion iM представлен только одним мотором – 1,8-литровым 137-сильным бензиновым двигателем, стандартно агрегатирующимся 6-ступенчатой механической КПП.

За дополнительную плату покупатель может оборудовать машину CVTi-S вариатором, который настроен таким образом, чтобы обеспечить более динамичную и резвую езду. Этот двигатель обеспечивает хэтчбеку неплохие динамические характеристики: разгон от 0 до 100 занимает менее 10 сек, а максималка ограничена отметкой в 195 км/час. Несмотря на спортивный нрав, расход топлива машины варьируется в пределах 5,5-7,5 литров на 100 км пути.

Машина построена на платформе Тойота Аурис первого поколения, что предполагает наличие стоек Макферсон спереди и балки – сзади.

Автомобиль предлагается исключительно в переднеприводной компоновке, однако ходили слухи о том, что модель может получить также полноприводную трансмиссию. Специально для Scion iM японскими инженерами была перенастроена подвеска и амортизаторы, что положительно сказалось на управляемости, однако назвать автомобиль «мягким» нельзя – подвеска хорошо сбита и весьма нервно отрабатывает мелкие неровности.

Впрочем, это никоим образом не портит впечатления от вождения, да и не стоит забывать, что в отличие от «семейно-практичного» Auris, iM настроен как более драйверский автомобиль.

Безопасность Scion iM 2016

Компания Toyota уже давно снискала славу надежных и чрезвычайно безопасных автомобилей, поэтому было бы удивительно, если Scion iM оказался бы другим. Как и подобает современному хэтчбеку, машина оснащена большим количеством электронных помощников, в числе которых:

  • Продвинутая антиблокировочная система;
  • Система курсовой стабилизации;
  • Активный круиз-контроль;
  • Система электронного распределения тормозных усилий;
  • Датчики слежения за «мертвыми» зонами, дорожной разметкой и состоянием водителя;
  • Система, предотвращающая лобовое столкновение, которая в экстренной ситуации способна самостоятельно замедлить движение автомобиля;
  • 8 подушек безопасности;
  • Современные 3-х точечные ремни безопасности с преднатяжителями;
  • Крепления для детских кресел ISOFIX.

Высокие показатели безопасности достигаются также за счет использования более прочных сортов стали, а также расширенным зонам деформации, задача которых — погасить силу удара при лобовом и боковом столкновении.

Примечательно, что Toyota Auris (она же Scion iM) второй генерации уже успела пройти международные краш-тесты EURO NCUP, где завоевала максимальные пять звезд.

Комплектация и цена Scion iM 2016 года

Минимальная цена Scion iM на американском рынке составляет 18,6 тыс. долларов (около 1,14 млн. руб.) за которые покупатель может рассчитывать на следующий уровень оснащения:

  • Колесные диски 16 радиуса;
  • Электропривод стекол всех дверей, а также электрорегулируемые зеркала заднего обзора с системой обогрева;
  • Тканевая обивка салона;
  • Двухзонный климат-контроль;
  • Аудиосистема с цветным дисплеем;
  • 6-ступенчатая МКПП;
  • Продвинутая антиблокировочная система, а также система распределения тормозных усилий и стабилизации;
  • Панель приборов с цветным дисплеем бортового компьютера;
  • Многофункциональный руль;

В более дорогих исполнениях автомобиль дополнительно может комплектоваться:

  • Продвинутым мультимедийным комплексом с большим мультитач дисплеем;
  • Круиз-контролем;
  • Расширенным списком электронных систем безопасности;
  • Кожаной обивкой салона и прочими полезностями, способными подчеркнуть индивидуальность, а также сделать нахождение в машине более комфортным.

За отдельную плату покупателям доступен спорт-пакет TRD, в состав которого входят иная система впуска, амортизаторы, а также усовершенствованные стабилизаторы, отвечающие за поперечную устойчивость хэтчбека.

За топовый вариант исполнения потенциальному покупателю придется расстаться более чем с 25 тыс. долларов.

Заключение о новом Scion iM 2016

Scion iM 2016 модельного года представляет собой несколько улучшенную внешне Toyota Auris, отличающуюся более агрессивной внешностью, по-спортивному настроенной подвеской и рулевым управлением, а также улучшенными динамическими характеристиками.

При этом машина сохранила главные фишки «Аурис»: просторный салон, отменную эргономику рабочего места, вместительный багажник и широкий список стандартного и опционального оборудования.

Тест-драйв Scion iM 2016 года:

2016 Scion iM

Key specs of the base trim

Overview

The Good

  • Overall value
  • Decent cabin materials
  • Ride comfort
  • CVT operation
  • Gas mileage

The Bad

  • Handling
  • Acceleration
  • Sloppy manual transmission
  • Snug backseat
  • No forward-collision, blind spot warning systems
  • Usability of multimedia system

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2016 Scion iM Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

From the 2015 New York International Auto Show, Cars.com’s Kelsey Mays takes a look at the 2016 Scion iM.

The all-new Scion iM checks a lot of boxes for a low price, but driving fun isn’t one of them.

That may come as a surprise to anyone who’s seen the iM, a five-door hatchback whose aggressive bodywork recalls the compact-tuner body-type zeitgeist of the 1990s and 2000s. Still, though the styling writes checks the driving experience can’t cash, the iM is otherwise a lot of car for its sub-$20,000 price. That, plus Scion’s reputation for value and reliability, could attract a lot of shoppers who care little for acceleration or handling.

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Typical of most Scions (such as the FR-S), the iM is a single-spec car with a lot of standard features, few factory options and a number of optional dealer accessories. It shares its front-wheel-drive underpinnings with the tC sports coupe and comes with a manual or automatic transmission. We tested both.

Exterior & Styling
The Scion iM stays true in profile to a concept version that hit the auto-show circuit in 2014, though it trades the concept’s gilled bumpers for conventional skirts. It’s aggressive, to be sure, with some interesting three-dimensional interplay in the lower front bumper. But it doesn’t break any new ground for Scion, or for compact cars in general. The s >Show full review

The all-new Scion iM checks a lot of boxes for a low price, but driving fun isn’t one of them.

That may come as a surprise to anyone who’s seen the iM, a five-door hatchback whose aggressive bodywork recalls the compact-tuner body-type zeitgeist of the 1990s and 2000s. Still, though the styling writes checks the driving experience can’t cash, the iM is otherwise a lot of car for its sub-$20,000 price. That, plus Scion’s reputation for value and reliability, could attract a lot of shoppers who care little for acceleration or handling.

Typical of most Scions (such as the FR-S), the iM is a single-spec car with a lot of standard features, few factory options and a number of optional dealer accessories. It shares its front-wheel-drive underpinnings with the tC sports coupe and comes with a manual or automatic transmission. We tested both.

I’m not sold, but Cars.com editors have mixed opinions overall. Styling is subjective; if you like it, read on.

How It Drives
The Scion iM’s sole powertrain — a 1.8-liter four-cylinder shared with the Toyota Corolla — provides modest overall power, but the optional continuously variable automatic transmission puts on a mighty effort to simulate a conventional stepped-gear transmission. CVTs’ gearless setup gives rise to a nonlinear “rubber band” sensation between the gas pedal and actual acceleration, and the iM feels as nonlinear as the rest of them under normal use. With more gas, though, it produces a gratifying stepped feel, including a decent (if contrived) kickdown sensation on the highway. It’s a slow, noisy climb to 70 mph, but it feels like a traditional automatic, and that counts for something.

Still, fun-to-drive rival hatchbacks like the Mazda3 and Volkswagen Golf are quicker. They’re also more fun to throw around. The Scion iM wallows into corners; the steering is a soupy mix of relaxed motions and vague feedback, and the tires lose traction quickly. The nose tracks curves well enough, but the iM feels both lethargic and ponderous throughout the process.

The available six-speed manual does little to rescue the Corolla-like driving experience. With sloppy throws and an awkwardly long clutch takeup, it’s an uninspired unit — and it hurts the iM’s EPA-estimated fuel economy (the manual is rated 31 mpg combined versus the CVT’s competitive 32 mpg). Skip it in favor of the more technological CVT (Which Toyota calls the CVTi-S).

Ride quality is soft but generic. For all the fuss Scion makes over the iM’s independent double-wishbone rear suspension — a theoretical advantage over the semi-independent rear ends common in this class — the iM doesn’t deliver the supposed advantage of better ride control. It’s a reasonably comfortable hatchback, given the P225/45R17 tires don’t have a lot of sidewall to absorb bumps, but it can get clumsy at times.

Interior
For a $20,000 car, cabin quality is competitive with other compacts. There’s generous padding where it counts, including the upper doors and a padded section where the driver’s knee touches the center tunnel. The dashboard has a ribbon of faux-leather stitching that evokes the real stuff far better than the molded stitching along too many Toyota dashboards. The upscale piano-black climate switches are light years beyond the clumsy plastic knobs in the Scion tC and Toyota Yaris. Cheap-looking silvery plastic, something Toyota used to cram everywhere, is sparse.

Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard (a rarity at this price range), as are a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated power-folding mirrors, automatic headlights and the usual power conveniences you’d expect in a compact car. Typical of Scion, the iM forgoes any significant factory options, including a lot of the luxury features you can get elsewhere in this class: If you want heated or power-adjustable seats, leather upholstery, keyless access or even a moonroof, look elsewhere.

Backseat headroom is good, but the three-position bench is otherwise snug — a result of limited legroom, a low seating position and short bottom cushions. Cabin materials are more basic in back, but that’s a drop-off most compacts exhibit.

Cargo & Storage
Cargo space behind the rear seats is 20.8 cubic feet. That’s a little short of comparable compact hatchbacks. The seats fold down in a 60/40 split for plenty more room, enough to easily fit some golf clubs and bags of groceries.

Ergonomics & Electronics
Typical of Scion, the iM’s stereo fits into a dashboard cutout. That makes it easier to swap for an aftermarket unit, but it looks as inelegant as any stereo from the 1990s or 2000s. The head unit, a 7-inch Pioneer touch-screen that you can upgrade with multi-information navigation for another $900, is a usability mess. The on-screen buttons are small, and the physical controls next to them are even smaller. The volume knob is miniscule, and the tuning knob is missing entirely.

The stereo does, however, have a lot of features. HD radio, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, USB and auxiliary ports, and Aha internet radio integration are all standard.

Safety
The Scion iM hadn’t been crash-tested as of publication. Standard features include eight airbags and a backup camera, but the iM lacks forward collision, lane departure or blind spot warning systems. Click here to see a full list of standard safety features, or here to see our Car Seat Check, which revealed some major space limitations while trying to fit a rear-facing infant seat.

Value in Its Class
Including destination, the Scion iM base starts at $19,255 with a manual transmission or $19,995 with an automatic. That reflects a fairly complete package of standard convenience features with only a handful of available dealer-installed accessories. Given the generous features, plus Scion’s two-year free maintenance, the iM has enough value to deserve attention from anyone shopping a modestly equipped variant of the Hyundai Elantra GT, Ford Focus, Mazda3 or Kia Soul.

I’m not sure that makes the Scion iM the most appealing Scion, however. Scion recently introduced another car, the iA subcompact sedan, that’s based on the next-generation Mazda2. It has quicker reflexes, comparable seat-of-the-pants acceleration, better gas mileage and more safety features than the iM — and it starts around $16,500. If you’re looking at an iM, be sure to check out the iA while you’re at it. At the end of the day, the biggest reason not to buy an Scion iM might come from inside Scion’s own showroom.

Scion iM : 2016

MSRPEngineHPManufactured
n/a1.8-liter DOHC Valvematicn/a2016
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A fun-to-drive, high-style, high-content, high-MPG rated hatchback. The all-new Scion iM arrives in dealerships this fall, starting under $20,000. In true Scion practice, that’s for a mono-spec model equipped like an upgrade model from competitors.

The Scion iM hatchback joins the all-new 2016 Scion iA sedan for a one-two punch in the subcompact and compact segments.

2016 Scion iM 5-door hatchback.

The all-new 2016 Scion iM is the answer for young buyers looking for a sporty hatchback, but who still need to pay for things like rent, food, school loans and weekend fun with friends. Its bodylines are ripped. The cabin is roomy, refined, versatile and high-tech-equipped. The 1.8-liter DOHC Valvematic engine is eager to rev and very easy on gas. The chassis, with sophisticated double-wishbone rear suspension and standard 17-inch alloy wheels, is ready to smooth out urban bumps and tame adventurous curves. For more hands-on driving fun, a six-speed stick shift is also available.

For safety, the 2016 Scion iM comes with eight standard airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag and a front passenger seat cushion airbag.

Design: The Meaning of iM
In the name, the “i” stands for individual. Intriguing. Easy on the customer’s income. For the M, think modern, multi-faceted and magnetic. The iM could be a first new car, but don’t call it “entry level.” It will easily compare to hatches that start in the same price neighborhood but then demand a higher tax bracket when you add in needed upgrade options.

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The Scion iM shows a familiar face, with a hexagon lower grille, sharp-eyed headlights and side bezels with honeycomb mesh pattern seen also on the brand’s FR-S sports car. That aerodynamic expression carries into the profile, which conveys dynamic movement from the lower front to the rear. It’s like a “swoosh line” rendered in steel.

Detailing on the Scion iM belies the affordable pricing. The piano black grille treatment, standard sporty body aero kit, LED daytime running lights and taillights leave an unmistakable signature. Also true to the Scion way, the color selection gives the design tremendous visual pop: Blizzard Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic, Black Sand Pearl, Barcelona Red Metallic, Spring Green Metallic and Electric Storm Blue.

One Spec: Fun.
Gas prices come down. Gas prices go back up. Young buyers like to avoid pain at the pump no matter what. The 2016 Scion iM offers a sweet spot of performance and efficiency, with Scion estimating a 37-MPG highway fuel economy rating. Then comes the fun side. The 137 hp 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine uses Valvematic continuously variable valve timing (lift and phasing) technology to offer a broad torque curve, so the iM feels responsive in all situations.

For driving purists, the Scion iM has a standard 6-speed stick shift that’s a slick shift, making for an engaging and active driving experience. Got hills? The Scion iM comes standard with Hill Start Assist, which helps prevent roll-back when you’re pulling away from a stop sign or traffic light on an incline.

The optional automatic is also perfectly suited to the 1.8-liter engine. It’s an intelligent Continuously Variable Transmission that’s been sport-tuned for driving pleasure. That’s why it’s called the CVTi-S. Not all CVTs operate as responsively as the CVTi-S in the Scion iM. This one’s got both a Sport mode as well as manual shifting capability with seven stepped shift points.

In Sport mode, the CVTi-S alters shift points and also provides a livelier feel through the electric power steering programming and accelerator responsiveness. G AI-SHIFT logic detects lateral G force during cornering and maintains engine speed by restricting unnecessary shift changes.

Using the console shifter, the driver can make fast, sequential shifts through the transmission’s seven predefined steps, accompanied by the familiar sense of positive shift engagement. The 4.2-inch TFT multi-information display within the instrument cluster displays M mode activity, including the “gear” position, and other vehicle information.

It’s Got the Moves.
In the Scion iM, instant gratification behind the wheel will turn to long-term love down the road. Driving enthusiasts know well the value of a high-strength body structure and a sophisticated four-wheel independent suspension. Based on the tC sports coupe platform, the 2016 Scion iM checks those boxes by using ample high-strength steel and special reinforcements in the structure. And it goes further, making the rear suspension the double-wishbone type, a design offering the added benefit of not impinging on cargo room.

Add in standard 17-inch alloy wheels with fat 225/45R17 tires, and the Scion iM delivers a tight, taut road feel and a compliant ride quality. The Electronic Power Steering (EPS) system makes low-speed maneuvering a breeze and provides good feel and less assistance at highway speeds. It also helps boost fuel efficiency, because the system consumes power only when assist is needed.

Premium Interior without the Premium Price.
Inside, it will be love at first seating in the standard bolstered front sport seats. They fit the body like a glove and also integrate a Whiplash Injury Lessen (WIL) structure for occupant protection.

High quality materials abound throughout the Scion iM cabin, where the layered dashboard design combines sports car-inspired instrument panel styling with easy to reach, easy to use controls. With ideas borrowed from the luxury car realm, the Scion iM keeps noise outside with an acoustic layer windshield, foam-type insulation and floor silencer sheets.

The Scion iM’s premium feel on the road is matched by a lengthy roster of premium amenities – all included as standard with the brand’s famous mono-spec strategy. Start with versatility, which comes from the 60/40 fold-down rear seats and standard cargo cover. A roomy glove box and console box are augmented by numerous front door pockets and storage bins throughout.

As a Scion, the iM naturally comes with high-grade standard multi-media system. The 6-speaker Pioneer sound system will play from a variety of sources, including iPods, of course, and other devices. You control it all through an easy to use 7-inch Pioneer Display Audio unit that also includes standard HD Radio and Aha. It’s through that screen that you view the standard rear view backup camera.

Real leather wraps the steering wheel, an unexpected detail in this price class. The sporty wheel puts fingertip switches for audio, multi-info display and hands-free phone calls via Bluetooth at your fingertips. The 4.2-inch color TFT multi-information display (Scion’s first) between the main instrument gauges provides displays for the car’s audio system and other functions.

The Scion iM keeps the value surprises coming. All cars in this segment come with air conditioning; the Scion iM steps up a class with dual-zone automatic A/C control. And on cold mornings, the color-keyed heated power-folding exterior mirrors (yes, standard power-folding mirrors) get fog or frost cleared up in a hurry. Auto on/off headlamps are another convenience inherited from a higher segment.

Build It Your Way.
One could buy the Scion iM, choose the color and be perfectly happy with the result. For those who see the car as a blank canvas, Scion offers a full range of dealer-installed accessories. A sampling includes:

Navigation upgrade kit, body graphics, cargo area enhancements, interior light kit, all-weather floor mats and more. A roof rack system expands versatility. The Scion iM will also offer a line of TRD (Toyota Racing Development) performance accessories, including an air intake system, anti-roll bar, lowering springs and more.

Scion drivers love their pets, and so does Scion. The iM will offer a range of cabin enhancements to take the stress out of carrying furry friends. Available through dealers, pet-friendly accessories include a dog harness with tether, door guards, seat pet barrier and even a grass pad, which discourages your doggie from standing on center console.

A number of Scion dealers have inaugurated Pure Process Plus, which allows customers to research a car through Scion.com, find it at a dealership, apply for credit and secure a price, all without leaving the couch. Scion will continue working with dealers and Toyota Financial Services to fine-tune the process and plans to significantly expand its reach in 2015.

Limited Warranty.
Like all Scion models, the 2016 iM is covered by a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. It also comes with Scion Service Boost, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and two years of 24-hour roadside assistance.

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The new-to-the-U.S.-market Scion iM gets beaten in nearly every category by rivals, but still manages to present a competitive, attractive overall package.

Even though Scion will start bowing out next year, it’s sending one more volley across the field before it leaves with the Scion iM. Based partially on the Corolla and the tC, the iM has been previously marketed as the Toyota Auris in the rest of the world, available since 2006. While it’s true that competitors offer more power, more space, and a more thrilling ride, that doesn’t mean you should discount the little iM. With a surprising list of standard features, 2 years of free scheduled maintenance, and an attractive profile, the iM is still a competitive option.

Look and Feel

Despite being a subcompact, Toyota aims the iM against larger and more powerful compact competitors like the Ford Focus and the Mazda3, which puts it at a significant disadvantage. When you keep in mind its more humble underpinnings, things are much clearer. But even against other subcompacts, the iM is still one of the slowest in the category and can’t boast class-leading space or agility. What it can offer is a slightly different look and a surprising list of standard features that would spark jealousy in cars costing twice as much.

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Keeping with Scion’s schtick of offering just one trim level and limited options, you can augment your iM with a rear spoiler, a navigation system, some side molding, graphics, a rear bumper protector, and that’s it (unless you count protection packages). Thankfully, the iM is not outfitted like most subcompacts. Standards such as power-folding heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate controls, 17-inch alloys, keyless ignition and entry, and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel really set it apart from rivals. In fact, some of these are options you can’t even purchase from certain competitors, especially when you factor in features like the 7-inch touchscreen with rear-view camera. There are strange omissions that come with the one-trim strategy though, because expected safety options like blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert can’t even be purchased.

My week with the iM was spent in a version with the 6-speed manual transmission and an MSRP of $19,255. Going for the continuously variable transmission (CVT) will raise that starting point to $19,995, but with the limited power of the iM, the manual is a very attractive choice. This example came with some confusingly expensive options as well, like carpeted floor and cargo mats ($185), wheel locks ($65), and a plastic rear bumper protector for $89. With the $795 delivery and handling fee, total MSRP came to $20,389.

Performance

The iM is motivated by a 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that’s been doing duty in the Corolla for years. It’s not terribly powerful or exciting, but it’s definitely reliable. Still, with 137 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque, the iM’s 10-second 0-to-60 time is nearly the slowest in the segment. The 6-speed manual allows you to make the most of that power, and short gearing in first adds a bit of fun feel if not actual speed. But don’t let the fact that it’s not the fastest in the segment dissuade you from checking out the iM. At least with the 6-speed, it had plenty of power for my week of bombing around the Bay, even enough to climb some pretty steep hills with ease.

Usually you’d assume that with one of the lowest power profiles in the segment you’d get some class-leading efficiency, but that’s simply not how the math works here. Estimates are 27 mpg city, 36 highway, and 31 combined with the 6-speed manual, with the CVT adding 1 mpg to all three figures. It’s not that these numbers are disappointing, but once again rivals manage to do a little bit better, and in my week’s worth of driving, my combined figure was just over 22 mpg thanks to having some fun revving that little engine.

A lot has been written about the suspension shortcomings of the iM, with excessive body roll earning it derision when pushing it through turns. I never experienced this despite getting quite aggressive with it. It certainly doesn’t have the architecture or ability to be considered truly “sporty,” but it handles itself just fine if you decide to have some fun, and even better it offers a composed ride during normal commuting, even soaking up bumps and irregularities well. For the $20K MSRP, I found it exceeded my expectations.

Form and Function

The iM offers a sporty aesthetic from the outside that’s likely the source of much of the disappointment resulting from it not being sportier. To be fair, the aggressive angles, optional side skirts, and rear spoiler certainly give the impression of sporting intentions. Couple that with its youth-targeted interior design and standard 6-speed and you can see why people want a bit more. But if you take the iM for what it is—a competent city commuter—you’ll see that it manages to accomplish everything it was designed to do. The sharp angles on the outside offer a slightly different look than most of the competition, and the interior’s simple yet quirky design is a fresh approach to what could have been a boring placeholder. Little details like a cream-colored leather band across the bottom of the dash are certain to turn off some consumers, but it’s unique elements like that which make the iM stand out.

A 7-inch touchscreen sits elegantly in a piano-black dash beneath vents tucked neatly into the design. While the leading aesthetic is simplicity, there’s still enough style to make it memorable rather than leaning on ostentatious attempts to set itself apart. Things are even better functionally, with supportive seats and a wealth of interior storage solutions that make commuting and even weekend tripping a breeze. Interior materials are an upgrade for what would normally be expected from Scion, and this is one of the areas where the iM actually outclasses its rivals.

Trunk cargo capacity lands at 20.8 cubic feet, which is respectable but still not class-leading, and turning radius is a similar story at 18.7 feet. What’s really strange is that Scion fitted the iM with an independent, dual-control-arm rear suspension, upgrading the torsion-bar setup from the Corolla. Given they didn’t make any other suspension upgrades, I find it difficult to justify this choice, especially considering the new architecture intrudes on trunk space versus a traditional torsion-bar rear end, not to mention Scion’s goal of keeping prices low.

One final caveat: while forward visibility is open and impressive, it’s a different story when looking rearward. The aggressive styling that looks so interesting from the outside means you’ve got a painfully small rear hatch window and some thick quarters obstructing your view. With no standard or optional blind-spot or cross-traffic alerts, it’s something to consider, especially for taller drivers.

Tech Level

A standard 7-inch touchscreen with a rear-view camera and 6-speaker Pioneer stereo with USB inputs set the iM apart in terms of base-level features offered by the competition. More than that, it looks good and functions well, too, with quick reactions and intuitive design. And while the lack of technological safety features is disappointing, the base inclusion of dual-zone automatic climate controls, power-folding heated mirrors, Bluetooth, and voice recognition are enough to make you reconsider whether having the fastest subcompact on the market is really that important. Let’s hope that when it is rebadged next year as the Toyota Corolla iM, it’ll get some extra tech options that can fill in some of these blank spots.

Safety

The iM comes with the usual standards of traction and stability control, antilock discs, and a full suite of airbags, including driver’s knee and front passenger seat cushion bags. A stop from 60 mph will take around 122 feet, which is about average for the segment, but I’d like to see that drop by a few feet, especially given the iM’s rather svelte 3,000-pound curb weight.

Unfortunately, there’s been no testing done of the iM by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but badged as the Auris, it’s done very well in European testing.

Cost-Effectiveness

Here’s where things get difficult. The iM is certainly not the best example of a subcompact hatchback on the market. The Mazda3 stands out as a perfect all-around package, the VW Golf is more refined, and the Ford Focus offers more power and a more engaging suspension setup. But for the money, the iM offers more standard features and an unheard of 2 years of free scheduled maintenance at a lower price. Value retention will almost certainly be affected by Scion’s demise, but given that the iM is based in large part on the Corolla, reliability shouldn’t be an issue.

No, the iM isn’t the fastest on the market. It doesn’t get the best gas mileage, doesn’t have the most cargo capacity, and doesn’t have the most engaging ride. But it presents a solid second in most of those categories, and with an interesting design and its beefy list of standard features, it makes a strong case for the overall worth of a car being more than just the numbers. If you’re looking for a subcompact hatch, it definitely warrants a look.

A CarGurus contributor since 2008, Michael started his career writing about cars with the SCCA — winning awards during his time as editor of Top End magazine. Since then, his journalistic travels have taken him from NY to Boston to CA, completing a cross-country tour on a restored vintage Suzuki. While his preference is for fine German automobiles — and the extra leg room they so often afford — his first automobile memories center around impromptu Mustang vs. Corvette races down the local highway, in the backseat of his father’s latest acquisition.

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