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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.
  • Pulse 2dr

    Deirdre Warren , yorks . Date: 20/12/2007
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I am shocked that my Smart needs a new engine after 42,000 miles. Alerted to this fault by the AA man who came to rescue my daughter, I quickly discovered that this is a problem experienced by several Smart owners. I am now faced with a bill of £3000 for a repair to my car which had been bought as new 4 years ago. So far the goodwill gesture would not cover 1/2 the cost of the new engine and includes no contribution to labour. I can't remember the salesman telling me that the car would need scrapping between 40 and 50,000 miles.

  • Passion 2dr

    ken jones , west yorkshire . Date: 30/11/2007
    • Overall 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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.

  • Passion 2dr

    edd mercer Date: 07/09/2007
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My 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.

  • Passion 2dr

    Peter Watkins Date: 03/08/2007
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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!

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