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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.
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    Eric Hill , Kinross-shire . Date: 20/10/2004
    • 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

    Like any type of car you look at, the Smart Fortwo has its plus and minus points.

    For example, you might not buy a Fortwo if you need something to run the kids (note plural) about in, or if you require large loading capacity, or if you plan to travel long motorway journeys (well maybe). However, if like me you need a car for work where the maximum number of vehicle occupants will only be two, and you don’t carry much kit about, give the Smart some consideration.

    The real benefit of the Fortwo for me is the room available. Being 6’5”, most small cars are just that, both inside and out. For example, I struggle to get a Corsa into fifth gear because my leg gets in the way. And as for the Ford Ka, I have serious trouble getting in or out (without the aid of a can opener!)

    The Smart has good legroom and headroom, although the narrowness may present a few problems to those who excel in the horizontal dimension.

    Performance is respectable, considering it’s only a 700cc power unit pushing you along. The biggest downside is the lacklustre semi-automatic gear change. However acceleration within the gears is ample to carryout progressive overtakes within the UK legal limits. Travelling at higher speeds on the unrestricted German Autobhan is interesting.

    I find fuel economy to usually be around 50mpg plus, depending on driving conditions, which in the relatively quiet rural Scottish road network is easily achieved. How it performs in the heartland of the English conurba

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