Unlike most rivals, all but Brabus versions of the Forfour sit below the magic 100g/km mark for CO2 emissions company car tax is affordable.
The Renault Twingo and Smart Forfour are essentially the same cars and use the same engines. When we carried out our True MPG real-world economy tests on the Twingo, we found that the more powerful 0.9-litre engine was more economical than the 1.0-litre, and offered slightly better economy than its rivals, too. We’d be surprised if the same doesn’t apply to the Smart Forfour.
The Forfour Electric Drive costs virtually nothing to run, and has an attractive list price compared to other electric vehicles. It undercuts the Nissan Leaf and Volkswagen e-Up, although it remains an expensive option compared to a fuel-powered city car. It’s also pricier than some versions of the bigger Renault Zoe. The range of the electric version is limited though; it offers 100 miles from fully-charged, but, in the real world, this will be closer to 75 miles. Venture onto the motorway and this falls further unless you don’t mind getting overtaken by trucks.
Since most private buyers are likely to finance their new Smart on a PCP deal, its list price assumes less importance. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that if you are buying outright, the Hyundai i10 and Volkswagen Up are cheaper. On the other hand, the Smart should hold its value better.
Over three years the Smart is slightly more expensive to service than the Up or i10. You can buy a service package for up to four services, though, with the option of spreading the costs monthly, or paying in one lump sum.