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.