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Overall reader 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
    3 out of 5 stars

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17 reader reviews for Smart Roadster Roadster.
  • 0.7 80bhp 2dr

    sean gladwell , west sussex . Date: 28/03/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    When I looked at the reviews for this car I was in two minds about it, so I test drove it.

    Wow! Don't be guided by other peoples comments, test drive one!

    I bought the car, and what a fantastic car it is, it feels so fast. Don't believe the 0-60 ratings, they may be correct but from 0-40 it is blisterring, very very fast.

    The car is so economical and such fun with the roof down and sticks to road like its glued down.

    Approaching round-abouts, take some getting use to in the automatic setting, so a quick swith to manual is needed.

    I want to keep this car for ever, it is truly a master peice!

  • 0.7 80bhp 2dr

    Aaron Davies , Cheshire . Date: 31/08/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought one of these cars second-hand having done two test drives and having rented one for a weekend.

    Well, what can I say? The image is fantastic, the running costs are very affordable and the drive is superb. The car attracts admiring glances wherever you go and it is essentially a feel-good car.

    There are not many of them about either, which is a bonus. I would recommend one to anyone who doesn't require a practical car!

  • 0.7 80bhp 2dr

    Gary Wilson Date: 27/12/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I own an executive barge and, approaching my mid-life crisis, decided I needed a second car that is fun, great to look at and yet cheap to run. The Smart Roadster delivers on all counts when it comes to the male "menoporsche".

    I have not owned a "sports" car before so had little to compare with on roadhandling but this car takes roundabouts and bends at speeds that would have a limpet begging for mercy. OK, it is not as macho looking as a TVR or Jaguar but it does have a look which seems to appeal to both sexes and also kids.

    If you're looking for something different, great fun to drive and yet very cheap to own/run, you cannot go wrong. The only criticisms I have relate to interior trim quality (ok, I am used to Mercs so a little unfair) and the automatic mode of the gearbox (sequential-auto also available) is not the smoothest around.

    I look forward to trying out the Brabus version next...

  • 0.7 101bhp Brabus 2dr

    Stuart Clarke , Leicestershire . Date: 10/10/2004
    • 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

    My car

    This car is about having fun and at the same time enjoying all the practical elements of a vehicle.

    Given the 698 engine, you wouldn't expect the performance that is delivered or the impressive 55mpg combined efficiency.

    The only thing I felt was missing was sat nav, so I installed a Smart Nav system and now the experience is complete.

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