My Passion Spring Edition meets my needs very well. Suprisingly spacious to drive with no room wasted on unused rear seats. Very economical, easily reaches 70mpg on a run and will travel effortlessly at motorway speeds. Costs £35 road tax and low insurance. Parks in spaces most cars wouldn't even try. Ride is firm but it doesn't like speed bumps (does anyone?). Really fun to drive and is quick enough for most situations. I use it regularly, often in preference to our larger car. Buy one for what it is. Don't expect it to be a luxury family car.
I have owned five Smart cars: firstly a LHD model, then one Mk5 and a Mk6 and three Mk7 models. I loved the Smart ForTwo/City Coupe and I would champion the car to all my friends and go along to Smart rallys and fun days.
However, if you are thinking about purchasing one, I would ask you to please seriously consider what I have experienced with them. I had the misfortune to be involved in two rear end collisions where a car hit me from behind both times and it was not pleasant. Although the two incidents were quite modest it was clear the car did not withstand this type of accident as the driver sits very close to the rear of the car (as we know).
Secondly, you MAY think this car is cheap to run as it has a favourable mpg HOWEVER it costs £1400 to service in the first three years, twice as much as other city cars. In my opinion the £35 a year tax is great but any savings are quickly slurped up with servicing AND you need to take it in every 9000 miles to be carried out.
Thirdly, the delay in speeding up after slowing down at junctions etc is almost accident-inducing, as it takes a number of seconds to pick up speed again.
The quality of the cabin is great on Pulse/Passion models. However Pure models are stingely equipped with horrible steel wheels and all-grey interior.
This is generally fantastic for my first 'real' car - I bought it in 2003 at only 12 months old, and makes a change from previous bangers I've had.
The quirkyness, parkability etc don't need me to mention them. Fuel economy is excellent, I have been known to nudge 70mpg on steady motorway driving, but town driving still give me about 8p per mile.
The heated leather seats are beautiful, and the driving position is really comfy. When it works (see below) the air-con is very powerful.
The bad points are that the air-con has recently failed, requires £400 for a new unit. The suspension springs on the front wheels broke last year, costing another £200, and the brake discs also needed changing.
A glove box would be nice, but there's an airbag where you'd expect it to be. You can have a drawer under the driver's seat, which is useful but harder to get at when driving! Motorway driving is a bit hairy as the car shakes above 70mph (and is limited to 84mph), but the Smart was always designed as an urban runabout.
The Smart/Merc Dealership in Cribbs' Causeway are polite and helpful, but I have found a local garage which specialises in Smarts and is much cheaper.
All round I have been very pleased with this car and would recommend it to anyone. Sadly the Mrs tells me I have to ditch it and get a 'proper car that fits a baby seat!' D'oh!
While Finding A First Car, For A First Time Driver. Things Are A Little Hard! You Have: Corsa's, Fiesta's, Saxo's And So Fourth! Picking A Smart Was Abit Of A Shock For Me! I Never Really Liked The Looks, There Appeal, There Size Etc.. Until! I Drove One Suddenly The Penny Drops! Low Low Low Insurance, Only 35pounds To Tax! And Brillant Fuel Consumption! One Thing That Strikes You Is How Much Room There Is! And The Boot Is More That A Treat! The Performance Is A Surprise Its 0 - 50 Time Is Faster Than Any Car Ive Been In, The Cabin Is Very Well Built As Well. The Gearbox Is Not As Bad As People Make Out! Mines Had Some Modifications That Really Make A Performance Diffrence, Remapped, Induction System, Performance Exhaust, Dump Valve, New Turbo, New Suspension, Lighter Wheels, Grooved Tarox Disks And Green Stuff Brake Pads. Over All Brillant Car, Superb First Time Motor. Drive One And You Wont Be Dissapointed.
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