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  • Launched in 2014
  • City car
  • Petrol
  • Launch year
    2014
  • Body type
    City car
  • Fuel type
    Petrol

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For when size really matters

Best bits

  • Tiny dimensions make for easy parking and city life
  • Good standard specification and quality feel
  • Low running costs

Not so great

  • Expensive to buy
  • Indifferent ride quality and flawed handling
  • Two seats only

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Overall verdict

"The Smart Fortwo is one of the most unusual cars ever to reach production, and even the story of its birth is hardly straightforward."

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Originally conceived by Swatch - yes, the people who make snazzy watches - it became a joint project with Mercedes-Benz and eventually came to fruition in 1998 as the Smart City Coupe.


The most recent version of the Smart Fortwo was introduced in 2014, and retains the key elements that make it such an intriguing car. Firstly, it is quite comfortably the smallest car on sale today - at 2695mm long, it is almost 1.5 metres shorter than a Ford Fiesta. It’s quite wide and tall given its length, and is a strict two-seater.


Designed to be the ultimate city car by virtue of its size, the Smart Fortwo has a rear-mounted engine that sits beneath the boot floor and sends power to the rear wheels - both of which are quite unusual features in modern cars. All models are fitted with a 1.0-litre, three cylinder turbocharged engine, with varying outputs depending on the model and trim. 


On first acquaintances it can take a little while to understand the Fortwo from the outside. Its proportions are unlike anything else on the road, with almost no overhangs front and rear, a very short bonnet and a vertical rear. Not that it is without some sense of style though - the Smart goes big on personality and there are numerous colour combinations to distinguish it further from more conventional cars.


There’s also the small matter of the Fortwo’s bodystyle. You can have a Fortwo as a Coupe or a Cabriolet - we have a separate review for the Cabriolet - which is technically accurate because there is a single door on each side of the car and not two - but at the rear you get a split tailgate, with the top glass half that lifts up and the bottom half that drops down like you get on a pick-up. You could argue it’s more of an estate than a coupe, but that would be ridiculous...


Get inside and the acclimatisation continues, as the Smart Fortwo is unlike any other car you will have experienced before. Whether you’re a driver or passenger, you sit higher up than in most cars, which is good for improving your view out. Understandably, with a car small enough that you can almost touch all four corners from the driver’s seat, it’s easy to judge where the car’s extremities are.


The Fortwo’s driving experience is something of a mixed bag. In some respects it is way ahead of everything else. Its size allows you to do things you can’t in any other car, with a super-tight turning circle and excellent manoeuvrability.


 The turbocharged engine is also pretty fizzy, especially the more powerful 90PS version, making it eager in town. On the downside, the ultra-short wheelbase and relatively stiff suspension means the ride quality is poor on some surfaces, and although it never feels like it is going to tip over, its height and the amount of bodyroll during cornering can chip away at the driver’s confidence.


The Fortwo is a brilliant concept, but making a car this small brings some compromises with it. In the right circumstances, the Fortwo is a great city car, but it struggles out of the city and doesn’t instill confidence in the driver like most of its rivals do. If you want a small car with a rounded set of abilities, this isn’t it, but it’s not without appeal or charm.


If you're looking for the EV version, you need our Smart EQ Fortwo review.

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Smart Fortwo Coupe

60kW EQ Prime Exclusive 17kWh 2dr Auto [22kWCh]

  • 2020
  • 8,779 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Marshall smart Portsmouth
  • Hampshire, PO35FH
Price:£16,480
HP: £445.32/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £445.32, Customer Deposit: £2,472.00, Total Deposit: £2,472.00, Total Charge For Credit: £2,033.52, Total Amount Payable: £18,513.52, Representative APR: 9.4%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 8.98%

Smart Fortwo Coupe

1.0 Passion 2dr Auto

  • 2018
  • 12,034 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Lookers Smart Brighton
  • United Kingdom, BN41 1YJ
Price:£8,499
HP: £231.09/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £231.09, Customer Deposit: £1,274.00, Total Deposit: £1,274.85, Total Charge For Credit: £1,105.09, Total Amount Payable: £9,604.09, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.41%

Is the Smart Fortwo right for you?

If you plan to spend most of your time in the city and never have more than a single passenger, it can zip through traffic and park more easily than any rival - there’s some legal doubt on the matter but you can physically park a Fortwo rear-in to the kerb it’s that short - which makes it an obvious choice for a city dweller.


Unlike some of its city car rivals however, the Fortwo is less capable outside of the city, and the fact it is a two-seater means it will hardly work for many families either. The Fortwo is also not a car well suited to novice drivers, with its slightly unusual handling characteristics.

What’s the best Smart Fortwo model to choose?

Although the basic 71PS engine option works well enough in town, it doesn’t take long for it to become a little breathless on quicker roads, and even if that isn’t very often it can be frustrating making decent progress. We’d suggest choosing a model with the more powerful 90PS engine. The Brabus model has 109PS, but is much more expensive and comes with its own set of issues, so we’d give that a miss too.


As the Fortwo was sold as premium small car rather than a cut-price special, the standard specification is actually pretty strong. Passion models come with alloy wheels, climate control and Bluetooth, which will be enough for a lot of buyers. The mid-spec Prime is a good choice though, as it adds leather trim, heated seats and lane keep assist.

What other cars are similar to the Smart Fortwo?

In many respects there are no other cars like the Smart Fortwo. The only car that comes close to it in terms of size is the Toyota iQ, but in terms of being semi-premium city car it is closer to things like the Fiat 500.


For similar or even less money you could find good examples of the Toyota Aygo, Peugeot 108 and Citroen C1 siblings, all of which offer more space and similar running costs, if not the same level of style and quality. Alternatively, you could go for a Volkswagen Up and get a better standard of interior finish and quality and still enjoy the extra space for passengers.

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