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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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40 reader reviews for Smart Forfour Hatchback.
  • 1.5 Passion 5dr

    Tshui Ng Date: 12/06/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had this car for two months now. I love it!

    There are two problems with it though. First, the driver door will not close on ocassions. first time that happened, i had to call smart assistance. problem can be easily solved by flicking door handle a few times. sometimes, i had to flick it a dozen times before the door will close, can be very annoying, but fixable. Second, internal lights will not go off.

    As for the ride, the automatic gear can be jerky and car seems to pause before pushing on again. However, once you get above 40mph, it's really smooth. The ride is also stiff when going over humps and potholes.

    Other then that, i love it, it looks great and still turn a few heads. Inside the car, it's very comfortable. I took it on the motorway for a long drive, and it felt great!

    I love the climate control which is unusual in the hatchback range, even in the BMW 1 series 1.6, you have to pay extra for it!

  • 1.0 Purestyle 5dr

    janet canez Date: 21/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I loved this car! It has lots of leg room in spite of its size. It took a little getting used to the window buttons in the middle, and I had to figure out the manual gearshift, but once that was ironed out, it was the ride of a lifetime.

    It needs to come to the US, but I'm sure it will be overpriced because it will be an exotic vehicle. You can't go mega-shopping with your family, but it is cool as hell!

  • 1.5 Brabus 5dr

    Keith Bolton , Yorkshire . Date: 16/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is a brilliant car: we were looking for an individualistic fast hatch and also considered the Honda TypeR and the Mini Cooper S and we felt the smart had the edge as it is [much] faster than the Mini and much more impressively trimmed than either the Mini or the Honda. The Honda does have the edge on engine charisma but it all seemed a bit boy-racerish.

    My daughter's Cooper S did 22 to the gallon compared to 32 for the Smart and the Smart can seat four in comfort if you need it to.

    Absolutely nothing has gone wrong with our Brabus in 4000 miles and although road tests slate its ride it steers well enough to dodge any pot-holes!

    Lastly, the York dealership could not have been nicer people to do business with. Overall I cannot believe smart are dropping the 4/4 range: my advice would be to grab one while you can!

  • 1.1 Passion 5dr

    DRIVING'S KOOL Date: 15/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought my Forfour for my driving school back in september and it's great. I've done 19,000 miles in about seven months.

    Its fairly quick for a 1.1 (if a little noisy), handles nearly as well in the corners as my Mini (and it has the benefit of ESP), and looks different from the usual run-of-the-mill Fiestas and Corsas you see everywhere now.

    The driving position is good for all shapes and sizes, and the car is economical in town and on longer journeys. It has had one minor electrical fault but otherwise it has been reliable. It's a very easy car to drive: you can just get into it and drive it, even if you have never driven one before.

    I have had to change the sound system, as I didn't think much of it (even with the SMART upgrade), but otherwise I'm happy with the equipment it has, especially the panoramic roof. I do miss the lack of rear parcel shelf, but I'm informed that Smart have now added these as standard.

    If Smart continued to make them, I would definitely have another one - although possibly a 1.5 next.

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