2004 Smart ForFour review | Car Reviews | by Car Enthusiast

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It was inevitable that, having a foothold in the micro car market, would seek to expand. but fun sports cars followed and been greeted warmly by the conscious and small car enthusiasts From there, the only way is up and so now finds itself entering the more conventional car world. To do Smart has co-developed its larger the ForFour, with Mitsubishi, a with a proven track in developing and selling decent cars. The first Smart be sold as a cleverly packaged car, but the ForFour has nowhere to staring straight down the of the shotgun that is the cutthroat market. How does it fare?

As other Smarts the unique point of the ForFour is its looks. The is completely different to anything from any angle, anything apart from another that is. Most models a two-colour layout with our car having the Tridion safety highlighted in silver, with red main panels, which are incidentally. A total of 30 exterior are available across three levels (for a full have a look at the suitably and efficient brand website: ), although for the more modest an all version, imaginatively named is also available. The quad treatment is reminiscent of the other, famous, DaimlerChrysler brand, Mercedes, and may be an attempt to build of an association between the brands as push up into the super-mini Whether this

signals intent to go even remains to be seen.

Whilst not to all tastes, the styling that the ForFour stands out in the sombre super-mini market and be enough to sell cars on basis alone. If the exterior sway you, then the might. I can only think of one rival to the ForFour in this unsurprisingly it would be arch BMW’s Mini. Only the would offer the same quality standard of trim and textures. What the Mini do is compete with the style of the conventional items such as the become focal points. The contoured dash, in this complete with the remote pods, is streets ahead of other market offerings, as are the of trim colours and the mixtures It’s a stylists dream, lost on reserved journalists, but in the know say that it is indeed cool.

Whilst I have no claim to the Llewellyn-Bowen aspects of car design I can you that the interior is well and quite roomy. The front are comfortable and supportive and definitely a design, but with a typically twist. They fold to offer what Smart the lounge effect. A real for picnics etc, but how much use get in the real world I’m not The rear bench seat can be fore and aft to free up more or luggage space as needed. The innovative interior feature to our test car was a full panoramic roof, which makes the very light whilst offering stargazers a good

The sporty interior is reflected in the experience. The ForFour is no warm but the 1.3-litre 4-pot does its to add to the fun. It pumps out a relatively 95bhp and 92lb.ft, which is than most competitors’ engines manage. This the ForFour a 0-60mph time of seconds and a maximum of 112mph. who want more power can opt for the 1.5-litre petrol; the frugal you have the choice of two good rail units. The five ‘box is a slick shifting throw unit marred by a slight notchiness, but nothing spoils the fun. The steering is a light, as are the pedals, but in context of the purchasers this had to be expected. You can the ForFour around and have a bit of a but it is more of an urbanite than a thriller, although it does reasonable motorway

refinement as long as you keep the speed below 80mph, which the 1.3 betrays its size and a little vocal.

car Smart Forfour

The middle pedal offers stopping power thanks to the disc set-up backed up ABS and EBD. Following the early on the safety of the ForTwo Smart now sure its cars are class in terms of safety as well as This car features numerous driver aids plus a of airbags as well as that Tridion safety cell. All of is an essential addition to the main of the package: the image.

If you want an fun car the ForFour is one of the best options in the place at the price. This comes at a premium, but for many the will be worth paying. the level of engineering, equipment and the ForFour should appeal to other than the fashion as well. It isn’t a stand out car like say the Honda Jazz, but it is a very competent super-mini will appeal to a broad of the buying public.

Dave Jenkins — 26 Feb

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