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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

    Stuart McCallum , Glasgow . Date: 17/11/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 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

    My car

    We have owned our Smart car for two years now. It is a lot of fun to drive and when pushed feels faster than the dial says.

    Primarily we use it for commuting about five miles each way per day. Parking is expensive and problematic in Glasgow, so the Smart wins hands down. I have never once not managed to find a tiny space to squeeze into, much to the amazement of other drivers.

    I also regularly drive to Edinburgh on the M8, and once it gets wound up it sits nicely at 80mph. However, in cross winds it can be fidgety. Running costs are low, and fuel economy is good. Servicing, though, is expensive through a Smart Centre.

    We also use it for our two-year-old daughter, who loves it as she is up high in the car. Overall if you need a run-around and only have a single shild, this makes a great second car.

  • Passion 2dr

    Nick Duncan-Brown Date: 03/09/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is a car that when driven puts a smile on your face. To drive it is truly an experience - every bump or change of road surface is felt but such is the accelaration and noise of the engine these minus points can be forgiven.

    The economy now the car has done 7500 miles is up to 45mpg and should improve. On motorways, it is quite happy to cruise at 70mph and can quite easily keep up with traffic. It is a quirky little car loaded with safety equipment and beeps when a door is slightly open or even if the handbrake is still a bit on. How many other cars have that?

  • Passion 2dr

    Roger Robinson Date: 13/02/2005
    • 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

    My car

    Let's state from the start that this car is not a sports car, not a family car, not a luxury car. I’m still not sure what it is, but it's none of those.

    I came to this as a Mondeo and MGB driver and in a way it is something between the two. It's got two seats, makes you smile when you drive, economical, comfortable. Rather like the MGB, it does feel fast even though the figures say it's not.

    The auto gearbox is not perfect but the 'lumpy' changes I read of in other reviews are not too bad and just mean adapting your driving style. Personally I prefer to stay in auto rather than using the semi option of flicking the gearstick.

    The longest journey I've made is only 75 miles on motorways but it was comfortable and with the kickdown/turbo acceleration was never a problem. And, as someone who finds the national limit restrictive, I actually enjoyed keeping it below its restricted 84mph.

    When sitting in the car, it feels really spacious and you actually have a high driving position but it does suffer from buffeting in high winds on open roads. This car is more about short-range driving and at over 50mpg and with a VED coming in at £75 it is financially where it really comes into its own.

    So overall, it's well-built, fun, cheap to drive (though not to buy) and cheap to insure (though look around as there are as always vast differences between companies). By buying shortly before the 2005 year models I managed to get £1300 off the list price.

    Overall a fun car.

  • Passion 2dr

    David Hutchins , kent . Date: 14/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 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

    My car

    I have owned two different LHD Smart Passions for a total of nearly six years (current one from 2001).

    The Smart concept is brilliant, fun to own and is a practical, novel runabout and even reasonable on long journeys and motorways. The ride is very 'lumpy' (largely because of the short wheel base - much like the original Mini) and the gearbox not as responsive as it should be, but the car performs well for its engine size, is well eqipped and running costs, except for some spares and SERVICING, are modest.

    Servicing at appointed Mercedes dealers (offical Smart Centres) is horrendously expensive and most of it is merely checking levels and computer diagnosis. These centres are also fairly few and far between so you often need to travel some distance for servicing.

    The RHD models are not good value in today's very competitive car market. If you want a Smart, buy a LHD one on the continent and save several thousands of pounds - especially as LHD is no handicap in such a small car.

    In conclusion, I would not consider buying another Smart as, although the design is so different and exciting, the overall value compared with many of the other currently available, small, compact, city cars is poor.

    DaimlerChrysler really do have to offer a much more competitive package to retain me as a Smart owner.

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