Used Smart Roadster 2003 - 2006 review

Category: Sports car

Section: What is it like?

2003 - 2006 review
Smart Roadster (03 - 06)
  • Smart Roadster (03 - 06)
  • Smart Roadster (03 - 06)
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What's the used Smart Roadster sports like?

The basic models have 698cc turbocharged engines that produce 80bhp. That doesn't sound much, but when you consider that this Smart weighs less than 800kg, the power-to-weight ratio points to an energetic little roadster.

Indeed, even the basic model is no slouch, but the ride is a little crunchy at higher speeds. The taut and well balanced handling, on the other hand, is the Roadster's ace card. It's grippy and precise, and the rigid chassis gives a positive feel when cornering. Models with the extra sport pack offer wider wheels and more front-end grip, and the only complaint is that the electrical steering is a little woolly. The wind noise is not hugely problematic, and there is a satisfying engine note - surprising for such a small powerplant.

Inside, it's not a big car, but the low seating position means that you can get two adults in without feeling cramped. The controls are easy to use and attractive, but boot space is minimal.