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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

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

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21 reader reviews for Smart Fortwo Coupe.
  • Pure 50 2dr

    Duncan Grant , . Date: 06/08/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      60

    My car

    I bought a 54 plate FourTwo Passion off a friend who was buying the Brabus . It has heated leather seats ,Aircon and F1 Style Paddles. It has never let me down even in snow ! Car tax is £30,and insurance for me and my wife £140 in London .Cheap tyres Servicing is done at an independent  Smart Car dealer £99-£299 inc MOT. £25 Petrol every 2weeks I literally run it on loose change!

    It is huge inside with high road position and nearly all round visibility. Up to 50mph on Flat Level Smooth roads it is as comfortable as any car I have ever owned .

    Tips for driving 1 Potholes   Avoid   Always drive around them never over 2  Gear -Shift  Change Up at 2500rpm Let the car change down coming up to junctions etc . Only manually change down on hills less than 1800 rpm 3 Motorways 70mph + is possible but quite noisy .Turn up radio! 4 Blind spot on rear corners when pulling out of diagonal junctions 5 Steering can be very heavy in car parks  6 Ideal when you don't want to give anyone a lift. 7 Speed Humps can slow the car suddenly even worse on hills Check your rear view mirror as other cars won't understand 

    It is more of a very useful Gadget/Dodgem/Weatherproof Motorcycle  than  a car but still brilliant all the same.               

  • Passion 2dr

    Dom Chapman Date: 27/11/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      48

    My car

    Having attended a February event back in '04 at Merc dealership & realising the bargain (10.5K brand new knocked down to 7.5K) with only 1280 miles on the clock we got ourselves an ex-demo with big grins on our faces we began the experience which has been a SMART move into motoring!

    Now with almost 35K miles later I still admire this piece of automotive engineering ahead of its time=look what happened to the market people!

    Yes there are comments (mostly unfounded) about its high Centre of Gravity and understeer = if driven right (BTW it includes a turbocharger) it has many positive attributes, and is surprisingly comfy - we got nice leather heated seats.

    Ours has the soft-top and (yes) I have heard people ohhh-ing in the street when they see it topless!!

    Bear in mind I drove from Devon to the Western Highlands of Scotland, then via Stirling on a 1700 mile round trip, no problem, with all our luggage - especially amusing when you see people in those parts confused by what they see !

    I am a testament to its appeal, take a test drive and i dare you not to smile!

  • Pure 50 2dr

    Lesley Saphin Date: 11/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      55

    My car

    I was temporarily unable to use a clutch so reluctantly bought this Smart as a fill-in for my daily 15 mile commute to work. Nearly 3 years later, and now doing between 15 and 18 thousand motorway miles a year commuting weekly between Edinburgh and Aberdeen, I still have the same car and will be replacing it in September with a new Pulse 70 (would be ealier but for the 3-month waiting list). Whilst I would be the first to admit that it can be very noisy in the cabin, the handling is sloppy and the Pure specification is somewhat Spartan, it sips petrol and I love the amazement on peoples faces when I leave them standing at Traffic Lights or zip past them on the A90. Thanks to the folding passenger seat, the load capacity is incredible (I managed to squeeze a 90cm wide Ikea Mattress into it), and driving it never fails to bring a smile to my face. Probably the most fun car I have ever owned.

  • Passion 2dr

    Mark Calvert , Essex . Date: 31/12/2007
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Whilst fun to drive in short bursts (albeit not for long on motorways) the overall build quality in the cabin disappoints. Mine is a Cabriolet and despite having had the roof seals replaced under warranty, it still suffers from excessive wind intrusion at anything over 50 miles per hour. Heater controls have proved to be very flimsy with repairs having to be undertaken after 6-months and after 12-months they need to be looked at again, as the control lever defies attempts to move fully to the right. Biggest disappointment however is fuel economy as only getting 45 miles per gallon on non-urban cycle, nowhere near the figures suggested by the manufacturer. Other gripe is with the dealer, poor service both in terms of quality of work completed and general accessability.

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