The Smart Forfour is a small four-seat city car. Rivals include the Renault Twingo, which shares the same chassis and engines, the Hyundai i10 and the Volkswagen Up. However, it’s more expensive than most of them.
It has a funky-looking cabin, that’s also roomy and well equipped. Thanks to its small proportions and tight turning circle, it’s fine for zipping around town in, but some rivals are more fun to drive.
It comes with a choice of two, small-capacity three-cylinder petrol engines; one with a turbocharger, and one without. The 1.0-litre non-turbo (called the 70) feels rather underpowered for anything other than town use. Despite having a capacity of just 0.9 litres, the turbocharged engine (called the 90) feels far livelier and is the one to go for, especially if you do a mix of driving that includes motorways.
There are three trim levels but we’d suggest sticking with the entry-level Passion. It offers the best value and comes with lots of useful kit including climate and cruise control.