For With standard equipment such as sat-nav and a panoramic sunroof, Passion models give the Smart a more luxurious feel than their Pure relatives for not a huge amount more. Fuel economy is incredibly good.
Against The cdi is slow to start with, but it’s likely to be even slower if you’re running the air-conditioning. It's more expensive than equivalent petrol models, so do your sums to make sure you can justify the expense.
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This diesel Smart combines excellent fuel economy and plenty of standard equipment. You’d better hope you’re never in a hurry, though, because it’s far from rapid.
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Smart usurped the demand for city cars before it was there. Now, in these more environmentally and economically conscious times, the Fortwo has come into its own in both ‘Coupe’ and ‘Cabriolet’ guises.
The Smart works well in the city, where its lofty driving position and tiny dimensions make it easy to spot parking places and squeeze into them.
The ‘micro hybrid’ models come equipped with engine stop-start to improve emissions and consumption even further.
Petrol engines are all 999cc in capacity, with outputs ranging from 70-101bhp – that headline figure for the preposterous Brabus model.
Engines with middling outputs make most sense, and the small 54bhp diesel is also interesting as it brings 85.6mpg capability.
Two seats, a small luggage compartment, choppy suspension and dim-witted automatic transmission mean no version is great to drive, but it’s a clever town car.
Reader test team says:
Having owned, between my partner and I, 11 smart cars, we know a thing or two about the brand. We've pretty much had everything bar a crossblade. So…
My second Smart 42 and I love it. Much quieter than the previous model and the gear change and engine response are much improved, whilst the character…
I've only clocked up 100 miles from new and when I collected the car I had to drive it on a motorway, dual carrage way and A-Roads, didn't struggle…
When i first walked up to it for my test drive i thought no way, but when you get inside it's like the tardis it's really spacious. Anyway i bought it…