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Smart EQ Forfour review

Category: Small Electric

Section: Costs & verdict

Smart EQ Forfour 2021 interior infotainment
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  • Smart EQ Forfour 2021 rear cornering
  • Smart EQ Forfour 2021 interior dashboard
  • Smart EQ Forfour 2021 interior rear seats
  • Smart EQ Forfour 2021 interior front seats
  • Smart EQ Forfour 2021 interior infotainment
  • Smart EQ Forfour 2021 right tracking
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  • Smart EQ Forfour 2021 rear detail
  • Smart EQ Forfour 2021 rear lights detail
  • Smart EQ Forfour 2021 interior driver display
  • Smart EQ Forfour 2021 interior detail
  • Smart EQ Forfour 2021 boot open
  • Smart EQ Forfour 2021 front right tracking
  • Smart EQ Forfour 2021 rear cornering
  • Smart EQ Forfour 2021 interior dashboard
  • Smart EQ Forfour 2021 interior rear seats
  • Smart EQ Forfour 2021 interior front seats
  • Smart EQ Forfour 2021 interior infotainment
  • Smart EQ Forfour 2021 right tracking
  • Smart EQ Forfour 2021 rear right tracking
  • Smart EQ Forfour 2021 front right tracking
  • Smart EQ Forfour 2021 front left static
  • Smart EQ Forfour 2021 rear right static
  • Smart EQ Forfour 2021 rear detail
  • Smart EQ Forfour 2021 rear lights detail
  • Smart EQ Forfour 2021 interior driver display
  • Smart EQ Forfour 2021 interior detail
  • Smart EQ Forfour 2021 boot open
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

An entry-level Smart EQ Forfour costs less to buy than the Mini Electric, Renault Zoe and Volkswagen e-Up. When you set it against the list prices of rival small electric cars, make sure you take into account the Government grant available so you're comparing like for like. 

What about charging times the Forfour? It can charge at up to 22kW from a commercial charging point, which will take the battery from 10% to 80% in 40mins. From a home wallbox you're looking at 3.5hrs to do the same charge, or 8.5hrs from a standard three-pin plug. 

Overview

The Smart EQ Forfour has undoubted plus points. For a start it's one of the least expensive electric cars on sale to buy outright, undercutting the Renault Zoe (if you don’t lease the battery) and the Volkswagen e-Up. It's also zippy and easy to drive in town, thanks in part to its super-tight turning circle, and it's pretty well equipped, too. However, the ride and handling aren't very good, the boot is tiny, there's not a vast amount of space inside, and worst of all for an electric car, the range is very poor next to its best rivals. Unless you need an electric car solely for town, the range issue is the biggest reason that we’d suggest going for the Zoe instead.

  • Cheap to buy outright
  • Tight turning circle
  • Relatively well equipped
  • Poor range
  • small boot
  • Bouncy ride and iffy handling
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