Cost & verdict

Smart Fortwo review

Manufacturer price from:£11,415
What Car? Target Price:£10,280
Search new deals
Smart Fortwo
Review continues below...
5 Sep 2016 08:29 | Last updated: 12 Oct 2018 16:10

In this review

Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Most versions look on the expensive side versus competition such as the Fiat 500 and Skoda Citigo.

As such we’d say the less-powerful 70bhp 0.9 three-cylinder engine is the one to go for, while the entry-level Pure trim realistically has everything you need – including electric windows, electric mirrors and air-con - at the best price.

Happily, while the Smart might be quite expensive to buy, it shouldn’t prove expensive to run. Its tiny tyres and engine will be cheap to fuel, tax and service, while insurance, even for young drivers, should prove relatively cheap. The Smart Fortwo should also retain as much of its value after three years as a VW Up.

The electric Fortwo is also relatively expensive. Still, with the electric Smart offering zero-emissions motoring for the equivalent of a high-spec petrol-powered Fortwo, it might be on the consideration list for Smart motorists with a green agenda, or those looking to avoid the congestion charge. Rivals such as the VW e-Up and Renault Zoe are slightly more expensive (if bought outright) but offer more practicality and space.

Euro NCAP awarded the Smart ForTwo four stars out of five in its crash tests. The adult and child occupant protection ratings were okay, but pedestrian protection and a lack of active safety aids, such as automatic emergency braking, let it down.

For all the latest reviews, advice and new car deals, sign up to the What Car? newsletter here

 

Smart Fortwo
open the gallery4 Images

Verdict

Fun, but some rivals are better all-rounders

  • Tiny turning circle
  • Cheap to run
  • Bumpy ride
  • Impractical interior
  • Nervous handling
There are 7 trims available for the Fortwo Coupe city-car. Click to see details.See all versions
Passion
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
Fuel Petrol
What Car? Target Price from
£10,280
Average Saving £1,135
View Trim
Prime
Prime trim focuses on luxury, bringing heated leather seats to the Passion’s standard equipment list. It’s actually not too big a financial step up, but ultimately we’d recommend saving your cash a...View trim
Fuel Petrol, Electric
What Car? Target Price from
£10,928
Average Saving £1,182
View Trim
Prime Sport
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
Fuel Petrol
What Car? Target Price from
£12,270
Average Saving £1,280
View Trim
Blue Edition
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
Fuel Petrol
What Car? Target Price from
£14,592
Average Saving £1,448
View Trim
Red Edition
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
Fuel Petrol
What Car? Target Price from
£14,592
Average Saving £1,448
View Trim
Edition Green
We have not written anything about this yet...View trim
Fuel Petrol
What Car? Target Price from
£16,040
View Trim
Edition Nightsky
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
Fuel Electric
What Car? Target Price from
£20,602
Average Saving £4,393
View Trim