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Smart Forfour EQ review

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While the two-seat Fortwo EQ has a height-adjustable steering wheel, for some reason this isn’t mirrored on the Forfour; you do, however, get a height-adjustable driver's seat. Yet the seating position is still relatively high and there’s not a lot of space for your left leg, meaning that while neither the e-Up nor Zoe has an ideal driving position, the Forfour’s is fundamentally worse.

You get a clear view forwards out of the Smart, thanks to its large windscreen and thin pillars. The view out of the back of the car isn’t nearly as good, though, because the shallow rear window and thick rear pillars are quite restrictive. Add the reasonably priced Premium Plus pack, though, and you get a rear-view camera (as well as automatic lights and wipers) to help improve visibility.

The cabin is solidly constructed, with an attractive array of glossy plastics set against a fabric dash, although it’s difficult to ignore some of the cheaper-feeling, Renault-derived switches that are dotted about.

Smart's inbuilt 7.0in Media touchscreen is actually a Renault unit, too, similar to the one you get in the Zoe. Navigation is included, but the menus can be unresponsive and a little confusing. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring are standard, letting you bypass the Renault software and use your phone’s functions, such as internet radio and sat-nav, instead. Oddly, you have to pay extra for a DAB radio unless you order the 22kW model, in which case this is standard.

Smart Forfour EQ dashboard
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