What's the used Smart Fortwo Coupe city-car like?
Britain’s roads are becoming more and more congested, but our cars have been getting bigger. The answer, according to Smart, is that we all ought to drive smaller ones. Now in its third generation, the Smart Fortwo is one of the few cars that can claim to be truly small. At less than 2.7 metres in length, it should be ideal for urban commuters. But, does the whole package make sense as a good used buy?
As previously stated, the Smart Fortwo has few peers that directly compete with it. But since it is billed as a stylish, premium city car, the Fortwo is up against the cute retro looks of the Fiat 500 and the intelligent design of the Volkswagen Up.
Weirdly, the all-electric version of the Fortwo is the best Fortwo to drive. Thanks to having a heavy battery pack mounted under the seats its centre of gravity is lower than the petrol versions, and therefore it doesn’t roll as much in the corners. What’s more, while it may only have 80bhp, its instant torque helps it feel much faster than the 11.5sec 0-62mph time would have you believe. Sadly, it is rare on the used market and, therefore, costs a lot more than the standard car.
The interior features plenty of light, bright coloured materials to make it look a bit more cheerful inside. In general, it’s well screwed together, although some of the Renault derived switches and stalks feel a bit cheap. Mid-range Passion is well equipped with climate control and 15in alloy wheels on top of the cruise control, Bluetooth and USB socket that are standard on all Fortwos.