Used Smart Roadster 2003 - 2006 review

Category: Sports car

Section: Our recommendations

2003 - 2006 review
Smart Roadster (03 - 06)
  • Smart Roadster (03 - 06)
  • Smart Roadster (03 - 06)
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Our recommendations

Which used Smart Roadster sports should I buy?

It's a false economy to opt for a left-hand-drive model, so give these versions a wide berth, especially early models with the 61bhp engine, which are positively gutless.

The Brabus-tuned version, with leather trim and body kit, is the smart option. This model was launched in 2004, and with the extra upgrade, you get a top speed of 119mph - and it'll take you to 60mph in 9.5s.

There is also the lesser Sport model, which has the same power output, but you get 3mph more than the base model at the top end. With that, you get wider alloys and a three-spoke steering wheel. The basic model is available in left-hand and right-hand-drive.

All models have twin airbags, a CD player, air-con, electric windows, stability control and a sequential gearbox, but side airbags are standard on the Brabus. The gearboxes on later models are more responsive, so it's worth getting as new a model as possible.

Some have leather-heated seats, which were optional - in cold British winters this could be a wise choice.